How can I decide whether my preventative treatment is effective?
You have been taking a preventative treatment for 4 months and your follow-up appointment is coming up. How can you tell if you should continue it or not?
The following situations are often brought up during the follow-up appointment:
- The treatment was not well tolerated. It has to be determined whether the effects were really significant and caused by the treatment. The doctor will probably suggest trying another treatment.
- The treatment was not well tolerated, but the positive effect is not clear. In this situation, the doctor will probably advise to increase the dose.
- The treatment is tolerated and effective (50% improvement on the frequency and intensity of attacks). It is a success! It can be decided to increase the dose to gain more benefits from the treatment.
To facilitate and accelerate the follow-up appointment, bring your migraine diary with you. At a glance, the doctor will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of the medication.