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Expert outlines strategies for managing migraine in women


Understanding the hormonal changes women go through over their lives can help physicians refine migraine treatment approaches.

“It’s so critical that you know what’s going on hormonally, both endogenously and exogenously, to better evaluate treatment,” according to Susan Hutchinson, MD, director of the Orange County Migraine & Headache Center in Irvine, Calif.

In an interview, Alan M. Rapoport, MD, clinical professor of neurology at the University of California, Los Angeles, talks with Dr. Hutchinson about estrogen treatment for menstrual migraine, the safety of new medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and the importance of a collaborative approach between a patient’s primary care, neurology, and ob.gyn. providers.

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