Off-Label Prescribing is prescribing medications for conditions other than those for which they have been FDA-approved. This is a common practice.
We often discuss Off-Label Prescribing when discussing Migraine medications. Although there are over 100 medications in use for Migraine and headache prevention, only four are FDA approved for Migraine prevention. All medications used for Migraine and headache prevention were originally developed to treat other conditions, then found to be helpful for Migraine and headache also.
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Teri Robert is a leading patient educator and advocate and the author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches. A co-founder of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and the American Headache and Migraine Association, she received the National Headache Foundation’s Patient Partners Award and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Headache Society. Teri can be found on her website, and blog, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.