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Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
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 Formulary Chapter 4: Central nervous system - Full Chapter
Notes:
In this section "SPECIALISTS" refer to medical prescribers specialising in Mental Health unless otherwise stated. At Guy's and St Thomas' and Lewisham Hospitals this would refer to SLAM employed consultants
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04.07.04.01  Expand sub section  Treatment of the acute migraine attack
Ibuprofen tabs
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Paracetamol tabs, soluble tabs
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Lidocaine infusion
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Red
Joint Formulary Committee approved off-label use (specialist headache clinic use only):
  • Short-lasting Unilateral Neuralgiform Headache attacks with conjunctival injection and Tearing (SUNCT)
  • Short-lasting Unilateral Neuralgiform Headache attacks with Cranial Autonomic Symptoms (SUNA) See dosing protocol from KCH for further information 
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    Aspirin injection
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    Red
    SPECIALIST USE ONLY Inpatient management of severe withdrawal headache Dose = 1g once to three times daily for up to 4 days 
       
    Indometacin injection
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    Red
    SPECIALIST USE ONLY For the diagnosis of indometacin sensitive headaches (paroxysmal hemicranias) Dose = 100-200mg intramuscular test dose 
       
    04.07.04.01  Expand sub section  5HT1 agonists
    Rizatriptan wafers
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    Sumatriptan tabs, injection
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    04.07.04.01  Expand sub section  Ergot alkaloids
    Dihydroergotamine injection
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    Red
    SPECIALIST USE ONLY Inpatient treatment of medical refractory disabling migraine and cluster headaches. See dosing protocol from KCH for further information 
       
    04.07.04.01  Expand sub section  Anti-emetics
    Metoclopramide tabs
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    Formulary Maximum daily dose of 30mg for a maximum of 5 days. See MHRA davice. 
    Link  MHRA advice August 2013: Metoclopramide: risk of neurological adverse effects
       
    Prochlorperazine suppositories
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    NHS England
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    Status Description

    Red

    Specialist or hospital prescribing only. The responsibility for prescribing, monitoring, dose adjustment and review should remain with the specialist or hospital. In very exceptional circumstances a specialist may discuss individual patient need for a RED drug to be prescribed by a GP and the GP should consider informing the Medicines Management team before a decision is made to prescribe for individual patients.   

    Amber 1

    Treatment can be initiated in primary care after a recommendation from an appropriate specialist  

    Amber 2

    Specialist initiation followed by maintenance prescribing in primary care  

    Amber 3

    Specialist initiation with ongoing monitoring required. After dose stabilisation GPs can be requested to take over prescribing responsibilities using the approved APC shared care documentation  

    Green

    Specialist and non-specialist initiation  

    Grey

    Not recommended for prescribing  

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