How In-School Dispensing Helps Adolescents

How In-School Dispensing Helps Adolescents

This blog post will be looking at the benefits and drawbacks of providing point-of-care dispensing services for students who deal with headaches and migraines.

The American Academy of Neurology and American Headache Society released guidelines and recommendations for students dealing with migraines. Included were:

  • Lifestyle habits
  • Diet
  • In-school dispensing

These guidelines were developed from an emerging need to help improve the services associated with migraines and headaches. This information is important for patients, medical providers, and students who are allowed to obtain medication in school.

How migraines affect students

Unless you have experienced a migraine before, it is difficult to differentiate a migraine from a headache. Although the severity may be the same, a migraine typically lasts a few hours up to 72 hours. This duration is much longer than your average headache and can become problematic for patients and students that are not able to devote that much time to get back to normalcy.

Many problems can arise when a student cannot focus on their work because of throbbing pain. Allowing them the option to take medication on-site, can help alleviate pain in a timely fashion so that they can get back to learning.

Benefits of In-School Dispensing

Having a student that suffers from migraines can be an issue to school life. Dealing with migraines typically takes hours to subside. As mentioned earlier, in-school dispensing can speed up the recovery process, helping students to feel better faster. Students are also able to experience a normal learning experience with the accessibility to medication if the migraines become unbearable.

Drawbacks of In-School Dispensing

Students could show a variety of symptoms when they are experiencing a migraine. Some of these include:

  • phonophobia
  • photophobia
  • nausea
  • vomiting

The aforementioned can become worse in students who are not allowed to take over the counter medication or do not have permission from their guardians. If they are allowed, parents have to make plans with providers and schools that may add more responsibility for educational personnel to properly administer medication.

While medication is just one way to treat migraines, the American Academy of Neurology and American Headache Society have also recommended changes in lifestyle. Avoiding food and drinks high in caffeine as well as abstaining from alcohol and tobacco consumption can limit the symptoms. Exercise and enough amounts of sleep also help with reducing the frequency of migraine occurrence.

A properly trained staff can help students take their medication with adult supervision and not have to worry about trouble or needing to leave school. Having resources like Advanced RX can help facilitate a smooth transition for those who suffer chronically.

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