Developing Pharmacist lead Migraine Clinics

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From both online forums and focus groups we set up we felt that a more accessable migraine clinic is needed through out different areas. We have proposed a pharmacy lead migraine clinics where you can sign up to the service with a local pharmacy and then you can have regular review sessions with your pharmacist who can tell you more about the condition and support you in your migraine management. 

It would be great to have some comments about setting up something like this. whether you think it would help you or not. and what would you like to see in a migraine clinic. 

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    I would like more information on alternative help. Drugs hurt me more than help. If a pharmacy is behind the clinic that's where the slant goes. However if others like me us alternative things I might get help to be sure of interactions. I want to know what causes migraine then I can manage the problem not just numb me out.

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    I'm always interested in ideas! But most of us have tried everything and been around the block a few times, neutologists, ENT's, Botox. I would have to believe this is offering something new, they (the Dr's) don't. If there's another focus group or trial in my area, I'm there! I doubt middle TN will be a target area, although weather related allergies are some of the highest, next to Cincinnati, Ohio.

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    I already attend a migraine clinic at the hospital. There they can discuss any new medications on the horizon etc and prescribe if necessary. Would a pharmacy be able to do this?
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      yes pharmacist can be prescribers as well as local commissioning groups can set certain PGDs (Patient Group Directives) for the community. We are currently planning this service to be within the UK where we are based. 
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    Hi, I think the idea of a seperate pharmacy lead migraine clinic is a great idea. They are probably the best people to lead something like this. It would be a great help to find out more about the different remedies for migraine. I have been taking the same drugs for a long time, and feel that there must be something stronger. Mine have been getting more often, and would enjoy any help that their phamacist could provide.

    Sandrog. 

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      Hi Babs25, I have only seen my GP, who said it looks as if I am heading for a major attack. The drug I have been taking is Pizotifen 1.5mg at night.

      I just don't feel as though I am in control, and just waiting for the big one to start. Do you think I should ask to see a specialist? Even if it only confirms what my GP thinks.

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      Yes I would ask to be referred. I am unsure how your GP can say you are heading for a major attack as migraine isn't predictable unless you know your triggers and learn to avoid them.

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    Great idea, we need more clinics out there. I live in Toronto, Canada and here we have 1 hospital which has a migraine clinic available. Not an easy clinic to get in to. The waiting list is over a year, ridiculous. After 10 months of waiting for an opening, I get a call for a group migraine info session of only about 20 migraine sufferers. From this group session, I understood that it takes about 15 months to see their team once they receive a referral from your family doctor. My appointment is next July, well over the 15 months they referred to. At this point in time, I have been unable to work for over a year. If I didn't have my husband to support me, I don't know what I would have done. So yes, we need more migraine clinics. If anyone is interested in seeing the start up of another in Toronto, direct message me. Good luck Migrainebuddy. 

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    We do need more medical professionals informed about migraine and treatment however, my concern is that the pharmacy approach would be geared to pharmaceuticals and most of us know that is not always the best approach.  I would like a clinic where the staff is knowledgeable about the various forms of migraine and can offer both alternative and conventional treatment methods to the patient. There would be neurologists on staff as well as naturopaths. Instructors in mindfulness and yoga could also be involved as migraine is a mind-body condition. We can do this!
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