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Clinician’s Corner: CGRP prevention

CGRP (calcitonin-gene-related peptide) when released causes intense inflammation in the coverings of the brain (the meninges), and for most migraine patients, causes the pain of a migraine attack.  This peptide dilates blood vessels which causes several pain processes, most notably migraine headache. Mechanism:  drug therapy is directed against calcitonin...

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Clinician’s Corner: Use of General analgesics for management of acute headaches (tension or migraine)

For mild to moderate migraine attacks not associated with vomiting or severe nausea, simple analgesics like  non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) , acetaminophen or combination analgesics are first choice agents because they are effective, less expensive, and less likely to cause adverse effects than some of the prescription migraine drugs...

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Clinician’s Corner: Headache Basics

There are many types of headaches, and your Thompson Pharmacist can be a great resource.  In the upcoming weeks, we will explore treatment of the various types of headache.  Here is a overview of headache types: Tension Headache definition: Tension headache: also referred to “chronic scalp muscle contraction headache”...

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Clinician’s Corner: Teen Sleep #2

The teenage brain is not an adult brain with fewer miles on it. During adolescence, the teen brain is only 80% developed.  The frontal lobe (responsible for reasoning, planning, judgement, emotional expression, problem solving, memory, language, and sexual behaviors) is not fully in gear until age 25-30. The adolescent...

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Clinician’s Corner: Teen Sleep

The numbers and percentages are staggering. 85% of teens get less than the minimum requirement of 8 ½ hours of sleep.  We all are aware that shortened sleep impairs learning, performance, health and safety.  Nearly 55% of fall-asleep crashes involve drivers 25 years of age or younger. It is...

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