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Pediatric, Review

Human Studies, Neurobiology, Pharmacology/Drug Development


2023 Aug 21



Beyond the Guidelines: A Narrative Review of Treatments on the Horizon for Migraine in Children and Adolescents.


VanderPluym JH, Victorio MCC, Oakley CB, Rastogi RG, Orr SL


Migraine is common in children and adolescents and can cause significant disability. There are relatively limited evidence-based treatment options available, especially when compared to treatment of migraine in adults. The Pediatric Research Equity Act requires the study of a new drug or biologic in pediatric populations. As such it is mandatory that the newest migraine treatment options available for adults be evaluated in children and adolescents. It will take years before results from clinical trials in pediatric patients become available. In the meantime, there is eagerness among clinicians to seek out the existing evidence that may help provide clarity on utilization of the newer migraine therapies in children and adolescents as many of the currently available, guideline-recommended treatments do not provide benefit for all patients. In this narrative review, literature regarding onabotulinumtoxinA, neuromodulatory devices, calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) monoclonal antibodies, 5-hydroxytryptamine (1F) agonists (i.e. ditans), and CGRP small molecule receptor antagonists (i.e. gepants) for treatment of migraine in children and adolescents will be summarized.