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Cephalalgia. 1993 Apr;13(2):117-23.

Diclofenac-K (50 and 100 mg) and placebo in the acute treatment of migraine.

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  • 1Gothenburg Migraine Clinic, Sociala Huset, Gothenburg, Sweden.


The aim of the present study was to assess the efficacy and tolerability of single oral doses of 50 mg and 100 mg of diclofenac-K compared to placebo in migraine sufferers during three attacks. The study was conducted in a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, three-period, within-patient comparative trial; 72 migraine patients were treated with diclofenac-K (50 mg or 100 mg) or placebo at six centres (1 in Sweden and 5 in Finland). The primary efficacy end-point was the change in pain intensity assessed on a 100 mm Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) at 120 min after taking the study medication. We found that 50 mg and 100 mg of diclofenac-K reduced the pain intensity significantly better than placebo (p = 0.003 and p = 0.001, respectively), without difference between the doses; 100 mg diclofenac-K was significantly better than placebo in improving phonophobia, photophobia, working ability and need for rescue medication. Diclofenac-K 50 mg or 100 mg is an effective and well-tolerated acute treatment for migraine headache and its associated symptoms. The higher dose of diclofenac-K was only marginally more effective than the lower dose.

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