-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, July 8 (HealthDay News) -- Behavioral treatments such as
relaxation training, hypnosis and biofeedback to help prevent
chronic migraine headaches are cost-effective alternatives to
prescription drugs, a new study suggests.
Researchers compared the costs of several types of behavioral
treatment with preventive prescription drugs. After six months,
minimal-contact behavioral treatment was comparable with drug
treatment using medicines that cost 50 cents or less per day.
In minimal-contact treatment, a patient sees a therapist a few
times a year and for the most part practices the behavioral
techniques at home, helped by literature or audio tapes.
After one year, minimal-contact therapy was nearly $500 cheaper
than drug treatment.
The study is published in the June issue of the journal
Initially, the daily cost of prescription drugs taken as a
preventive measure by many chronic migraine sufferers may not seem
too high, said study co-author Dr. Donald Penzien, a professor of
psychiatry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
"But those costs keep adding up with additional doctor visits and more prescriptions. The cost of behavioral treatment is front-loaded. You go to a number of treatment sessions but then that's it. And the benefits last for years," he said in a medical center news release.
The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
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