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Treatment Options for Migraines

There are several drugs which have been designed for the treatment of migraines. Also, some other drugs which have traditionally been used for other conditions might in some instances prevent or relieve migraines. Medicines used to treat migraines can be divided into two categories pain relievers and preventative medications. Pain relievers are known as abortive or acute treatment and are taken during the migraine attack. These medications are meant to stop the symptoms after they've already begun.Preventative  medications, if taken regularly, can reduce the frequency and severity of migraines especially if they're taken daily.

The strategy you use for treating your migraines will depend largely on their severity and frequency, as well as how much your headaches interfere with your daily functioning. Preventative therapy could be right for you if you typically have two or more severe attacks a month which interfere with your daily life.This therapy also is sometimes recommended if you currently use pain medication more than two times a week, if pain relievers aren't working, or if your migraine symptoms include a prolonged numbness or aura and impaired movement located on one side of the body.

Three are some medicines which are not recommended for a woman who is either pregnant or breastfeeding. Others should not be used by children.Speak with your doctor about the right medicine for you or your family.If it's determined that pain-relieving medicine is the best option for you, it's best to take them at the first signs of the onset of a migraine. After you take the medicine, it might help to sleep or rest in a dark room .

If it's determined you should take anti-inflammatory drugs (such as aspirin or ibuprofen), some possible choices are Advil or Motrin among others. These work best for mild migraines. Some other possibilities are a combination of aspirin, acetaminophen and caffeine. None of these options are particularly good for severe migraines. If none of these options work, your doctor might recommend a stronger prescription-strength version of the drug. If an anti-inflammatory drug is taken for too long or too often, they could lead to rebound headaches, ulters or gastrointestinal bleeding.

For those with severe migraines, triptans are usually the preferred drug. They work well at relieving pain, nausea and the light and sound sensitivity often associated with migraines. one of the first triptan developed to treat migraines is Imitrex. Other related medicines include Amerge, Maxalt, Zomig, Avert, Frova and Relpax. Some of the side effects of these drugs could include dizziness, nausea, muscle weakness, and in rare cases, heart attack or stroke.

A common prescription for treating migraine before triptans are ergots (Ergotamine). It tends to be less expensive than triptans, but also less effective.Because migraines often cause nausea, with or without vomiting, doctors sometimes suggest medications to treat the nausea. Some commonly prescribed medicines include prochlorperazine or metoclopramide.There are numerous other drug therapy options available for migraines. Consult with a doctor to determine which is best in your situation.

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