National Headache Foundation Offers Statement, Experts on Appropriate Use of Medications for Migraine Treatment

Jun 25, 2008, 01:00 ET from National Headache Foundation

    CHICAGO, June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to news reports that Shawn
 Southwick King, wife of CNN host, Larry King, is allegedly being treated
 for medication use related to migraine, the National Headache Foundation
 today issued the following statement.
     Migraine is not a daily headache and the use of any acute medications
 on a daily or near daily basis is not recommended.
     Pain killers are not the optimal treatment for migraine. There are
 migraine-specific medications known as the triptans (there are currently
 seven on the market), which target the migraine mechanism. This type of
 medication is taken at the first sign of the migraine. If migraines are
 frequent or severe, prophylactic medication can be prescribed and is taken
 daily whether or not a headache is present.
     If headache impacts one's ability to perform at work, household chores
 or leisure activities and/or impairs one's quality of life, it is
 recommended that an appointment should be made with a healthcare
 professional for headache diagnosis and treatment.
     Migraine affects nearly 30 million Americans and seventy percent of
 migraine sufferers are women. We encourage those who would like more
 information on the symptoms and treatments for migraine and other headache
 pain to visit
     About The National Headache Foundation
     The National Headache Foundation, founded in 1970, is a non-profit
 organization which exists to enhance the healthcare of headache sufferers.
 It is a source of help to sufferers' families, physicians who treat
 headache sufferers, allied healthcare professionals and to the public. The
 NHF accomplishes its mission by providing educational and informational
 resources, supporting headache research and advocating for the
 understanding of headache as a legitimate neurobiological disease. For more
 information on headache causes and treatments, visit or
 call 1-888-NHF-5552 (M-F. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT).
     Dr. Seymour Diamond, Executive Chairman, National Headache Foundation,
 is the director and founder of the Diamond Headache Clinic and the director
 of the Inpatient Headache Unit at Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago. He is
 also Adjunct Professor of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at Chicago
 Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and
 Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Diamond has
 served as editor for 16 publications. He serves as editor-in-chief of the
 journal, Headache and Pain. Additionally, he has published more than 300
 articles in professional literature and has authored or co-authored more
 than 30 books. Dr. Diamond received his medical degree from the Chicago
 Medical School.
     Dr. Merle Diamond, Board of Directors, National Headache Foundation, is
 Associate Director at the Diamond Headache Clinic and Clinical Assistant
 Professor, Department of Medicine, at the Chicago Medical School at
 Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Dr. Diamond attended
 Northwestern University, where she completed a residency program in both
 Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. She is board certified in
 internal medicine, and has been trained and practiced in emergency
 medicine. Dr. Diamond is a recipient of the Subspecialty Certification for
 Headache Medicine from the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties.
CONTACT: Suzanne E. Simons Ketura Lispi Executive Director Vox Medica National Headache Foundation (215) 925-9901, ext. 1426 (312) 343-6479

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