DHE infusion for Migraine

Timothy C. Hain, MD • Page last modified: November 25, 2011

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Persons with intractable migraine are sometimes admitted for intravenous treatment with dhydroergotamine (DHE).  This treatment, sometimes called the "Raskin" protocol (Raskin, 1986) nearly always works at least for a few days, because it shuts off pain input circuitry.   Sometimes the relief gained from DHE enables the treaters to implement longer lasting migraine treatments such as the migraine prevention drugs reviewed above. 

The purpose of this page is to document the DHE protocol, as reported by Nagy et al (2011).

This material is abstracted from the appendix of Nagy et al. Please refer to the original for more details.