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Heading Off the Pain: Acute Treatment of Migraine

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Migraine can be a difficult disease to diagnose and, as a result, may be difficult to treat. In this 30-minute podcast, 2 experts in migraine provide valuable information on the differential diagnosis of migraine, including screening tools and techniques to incorporate into your practice. Additionally, they detail acute treatment options ranging from nonpharmacologic to over-the-counter to novel prescription pharmacologic therapies and discuss their use in the acute migraine management paradigm.

To access episode 2, click here.

Physician Assistants: maximum of 0.50 hours of AAPA Category 1 CME credits Registered Nurses: 0.50 Nursing contact hours, includes 0.50 hour of pharmacology credit

Released: March 31, 2022

Expiration: March 30, 2023

No longer available for credit.



Maureen Moriarty

Maureen Moriarty, DNP, ANP-BC

Associate Professor
Malek School of Nursing Professions
Marymount University
Arlington, Virginia
Moriarty Associates: A Comprehensive Headache Center
Westminster, Maryland

Karen A. Williams

Karen A. Williams, DNP, FNP-BC, AQH

KDW Health Management
Pensacola, Florida


This activity is supported by educational funding provided by Amgen and AbbVie Inc.

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Target Audience

NPs and PAs in primary care

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  • Identify factors to consider in the differential diagnosis of migraine

  • Summarize the appropriate use of novel therapies for treatment of patients with acute migraine


All faculty and planners participating in continuing education activities sponsored by Practicing Clinicians Exchange (PCE) are required to disclose all financial relationships with ineligible companies. All relevant conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted and mitigated according to PCE policy. In addition, all faculty are required to openly disclose any off-label, experimental, or investigational use of drugs or devices discussed in this activity. The faculty and Planning Committee have been advised that this activity must be free from commercial bias and based upon all available scientifically rigorous data from research that conforms to accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.

Dr Moriarty: consultant/advisor/speaker: AbbVie/Allergan, Amgen, Biohaven, Lilly; researcher: Teva.

Dr Williams: consultant/advisor/speaker: Biohaven.

Ms Zimmerman: research support/fees for non-CME/CE services: BioDelivery Sciences International.

PCE staff and planners have no relevant relationships to disclose, except Ms. Zimmerman as noted above.

Instructions for Credit

Participants wishing to earn CE/CME credit must:

  1. Listen to the content in its entirety
  2. Relate the content material to the learning objectives
  3. Complete the post-test and evaluation form

Successful completion of the post-test is required to earn CE/CME credit. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of 100%.

The estimated time to complete this activity is 0.50 hours.

Release date: March 31, 2022
Expiration date: March 30, 2023




The opinions or views expressed in this CE/CME activity do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of Practicing Clinicians Exchange or any educational supporter.



Joint Accreditation Statement

Joint AccreditationIn support of improving patient care, Practicing Clinicians Exchange is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

ANCC Credit Designation

Nursing contact hours: 0.50, which includes 0.50 hours of pharmacology credit

AAPA Credit Designation

Joint AccreditationPracticing Clinicians Exchange has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 0.50 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Approval is valid until March 30, 2023. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

PA course advisor: Mandy Zimmerman, PA-C, West Forsyth Pain Management, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

IPCE Credit Designation
IPCEThis activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 0.50 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.

Additional Information

Program Medium

This program has been made available online.