There are two interesting things in this article. First, headaches in children are becoming prevalent enough to warrant research studies on eliminating them. We must ask ourselves why children are now more likely to suffer from headaches. The second issue is the long term introduction and use of pharmaceutical drugs in children. Our younger generation is being raised to believe that taken drugs for our “health” is okay. I’ve seen many children in my office with complaints of headache that resolve very quickly without the need for medications.
Comparison of the effects of amitriptyline and flunarizine on weight gain and serum leptin, C peptide and insulin levels when used as migraine preventive treatment
This definitely goes into the “we’re mismanaging migraines” file folder. Since we are truly beginning to view migraines as a local manifestation of a systemic problem, drug therapy that worsens overall health is definitely a step in the wrong direction. Migraine patients need to be addressed with full attention to lifestyle to manage their headaches as well as lowering their risk of certain chronic diseases that migraine patients are at risk for.