A double-blind study of ibuprofen versus placebo in the treatment of acute migraine attacks

Authors


Reidar Kloster, Department of Neurology, Vestfold Central Hospital 3100 Tønsberg, Norway.

Abstract

The efficacy of ibuprofen, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, was assessed in the acute treatment of migraine. Twenty-five patients completed a double-blind placebo-controlled multicrossover trial. The initial dose of ibuprofen was 1200 mg. Six migraine attacks were randomly treated in each patient, three with ibuprofen and three with placebo. The results indicated a statistically significant reduction in the duration of the migraine attacks and also a statistically significant reduction in the severity of headache and nausea in the ibuprofen-treated attacks. The use of additional medication was significantly reduced in the ibuprofen-treated attacks (25.6% vs 57.5%), No serious side effects were reported. Ibuprofen is valuable in the treatment of acute migraine attacks.

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