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January 1985

Propranolol Plasma Levels and Relief of Migraine: Relationship Between Plasma Propranolol and 4-Hydroxypropranolol Concentrations and Clinical Effects

Author Affiliations

From the Headache Center, Institute of Neurology, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy.

Arch Neurol. 1985;42(1):46-48. doi:10.1001/archneur.1985.04060010052015

• The relationship between propranolol and 4-hydroxypropranolol plasma concentrations and relief of migraine was assessed in 17 patients during treatment with oral racemic propranolol hydrochloride in doses of 40 to 240 mg /day. Propranolol decreased the migraine index more than 70% in 13 patients: five patients at a dosage of 40 mg/day, five patients at a dosage of 120 mg/day, and three patients at a dosage of 240 mg/ day. Three patients did not achieve a good improvement of migraine at any of the doses used. The relief of migraine was not directly related to the propranolol and 4-hydroxypropranolol plasma concentrations.

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