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    Basilar Migraines

    How Are Basilar Migraines Treated?

    Treatments for basilar migraines generally aim to relieve symptoms of pain and nausea. You might take pain relievers such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen, as well as nausea medicines such as chlorpromazine, metoclopramide, and prochlorperazine. Your doctor may prescribe a medication that treats regular migraines, such as triptans.

    Can Basilar Migraines Be Prevented?

    To keep from getting a basilar migraine, it helps to avoid the things that usually cause one. Keep a journal of your attacks so you can figure out the things that trigger them. It also helps to live a healthy lifestyle. That means you need to:

    Diet can also affect migraines. Do these things:

    • Eat a balanced diet.
    • Avoid drugs and alcohol.
    • Don’t skip meals.
    • Limit caffeine.
    • Avoid any foods that have been triggers.

    Some common food triggers include:

    • Dairy
    • Wheat
    • Chocolate
    • Eggs
    • Rye
    • Tomatoes
    • Oranges

    Along with these changes, your doctor might prescribe the same preventive medications that work for regular migraines. These include seizure medicines such as topiramate (Topamax) or valproic acid (Depakote). Other drugs, called calcium channel blockers, work by keeping blood vessels narrow and by blocking your body from giving off a chemical called serotonin. Some antidepressants also block serotonin, so you might take one for your migraines, too.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Richard Senelick, MD on September 23, 2014
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