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ACE and ARB Agents in the Prophylactic Therapy of Migraine—How Effective Are They?

  • Rashmi B. Halker
  • Amaal J. Starling
  • Bert B. Vargas
  • Todd J. SchwedtEmail author
Headache (JR Couch, Section Editor)
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Opinion statement

Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) are antihypertensive agents that can be considered for migraine preventative therapy. Although the exact mechanisms by which ACE inhibitors and ARBs may work for migraine prophylaxis are unknown, there are several plausible hypotheses as to why modulating the activity of the renin angiotensin system could result in migraine prevention. Clinical trials of ACE inhibitors and ARBs provide evidence that they are effective and generally well tolerated when used for migraine prophylaxis. Based upon biologic plausibility, the quality of evidence for efficacy from clinical trials, and recommendations in published guidelines, we consider ACE inhibitors and ARBs as second- or third-line options for migraine prophylaxis.

Keywords

Migraine Headache Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors Angiotensin receptor blockers 

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Conflict of Interest

Rashmi B. Halker M.D., Amaal J. Starling M.D., and Bert B. Vargas declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Todd J. Schwedt has received personal fees from Supernus, Allergan, and Zogenix.

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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rashmi B. Halker
    • 1
  • Amaal J. Starling
    • 1
  • Bert B. Vargas
    • 1
  • Todd J. Schwedt
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of NeurologyMayo ClinicPhoenixUSA

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