Cochrane for Clinicians
Putting Evidence into Practice
Gabapentin for the Prophylaxis of Episodic Migraine in Adults
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Am Fam Physician. 2014 May 1;89(9):714-715.
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Does gabapentin (Neurontin) help prevent episodic migraine?
Gabapentin does not decrease the frequency of migraine headaches and is not recommended for prophylactic therapy. (Strength of Recommendation: B, based on inconsistent or limited-quality patient-oriented evidence.)
Worldwide, migraine has a lifetime prevalence of 18% in women and 10% in men.1 Therapeutic options are usually divided into prophylactic and abortive. Avoidance of triggers may be beneficial. Effective prophylaxis can range from acupuncture to medications such as propranolol, topiramate (Topamax), and valproic acid (Depakene), all of which have shown consistent positive benefit in systematic reviews.2–5
Previously published systematic reviews by these same authors gave cautious support
The practice recommendations in this activity are available at http://summaries.cochrane.org/CD010609.
Linde M, Mulleners WM, Chronicle EP, McCrory DC. Gabapentin or pregabalin for the prophylaxis of episodic migraine in adults. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013;(6):CD010609.
1. Vos T, Flaxman AD, Naghavi M, et al. Years lived with disability (YLDs) for 1160 sequelae of 289 diseases and injuries 1990–2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 [published correction appears in Lancet. 2013;381(9867):628]. Lancet. 2012;380(9859):2163–2196.
2. Linde K, Allais G, Brinkhaus B, Manheimer E, Vickers A, White AR. Acupuncture for migraine prophylaxis. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2009;(1):CD001218.
3. Linde K, Rossnagel K. Propranolol for migraine prophylaxis. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2004;(2):CD003225.
4. Linde M, Mulleners WM, Chronicle EP, McCrory DC. Topiramate for the prophylaxis of episodic migraine in adults. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013;(6):CD010610.
5. Linde M, Mulleners WM, Chronicle EP, McCrory DC. Valproate (valproic acid or sodium valproate or a combination of the two) for the prophylaxis of episodic migraine in adults. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013;(6):CD010611.
6. Silberstein SD, Holland S, Freitag F, Dodick DW, Argoff C, Ashman E. Evidence-based guideline update: pharmacologic treatment for episodic migraine prevention in adults: report of the Quality Standards Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society [published correction appears in Neurology. 2013;80(9):871]. Neurology. 2012;78(17):1337–1345.
These are summaries of reviews from the Cochrane Library.
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