Whether it’s being used in relation to Migraine or something else, the term acute can have different meanings depending on how it’s used:
- characterized by sharpness or severity (acute pain)
- having a sudden onset, sharp rise, and short course (an acute disease)
- providing or concerned with short-term medical care, especially for serious acute disease or trauma (acute care, acute medication)
When used in discussion of Migraine and headache, the term acute is most often used to refer to acute medications — medications taken for an individual Migraine attack or headache.