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Nausea Drugs for Migraines and Headaches

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Nausea and vomiting are symptoms which may accompany migraines and headaches in some people. Treating the migraine usually relieves the nausea. However, in some cases, the nausea and vomiting are debilitating or prevent a person from taking their migrainemedications. In these cases, a nausea drug may be used to relieve symptoms.

Nausea medications may be taken as pills or -- in severe cases -- as rectal suppositories.

These drugs often have side effects such as drowsiness and dizziness. Learn more about specific nausea medications below:

Generic Name Brand Name Symptoms Relieved Possible Side Effects
promethazine hydrochloride (available in tablet, syrup, injection, or suppository form) Phenergan Nausea, vomiting Confusion, drowsiness, dizziness, gastrointestinal upset, excitability, nightmares, uncontrollable muscle movements, and lip smacking or chewing movements
chlorpromazine (available in suppository form) Thorazine Nausea, vomiting Confusion, drowsiness, dizziness, gastrointestinal upset, excitability, nightmares, uncontrollable muscle movements, and lip smacking or chewing movements
prochlorperazine (available in tablet and suppository form) Compazine Nausea, vomiting Confusion, drowsiness, dizziness, gastrointestinal upset, excitability, nightmares, uncontrollable muscle movements, and lip smacking or chewing movements
Trimetho-benzamide hydrochloride (available in capsule, injection, syrup, or suppository form) Tigan Nausea, vomiting Low blood pressure, blurred vision, drowsiness, dizziness, disorientation, uncontrollable muscle movements, and lip smacking or chewing movements
metoclopramide hydrochloride (available in syrup, tablet, or injection form) Reglan Nausea, vomiting Uncontrollable muscle movements, lip smacking or chewing movements, sensitivity to sunlight, aching of lower legs, diarrhea

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Reviewed by Richard Senelick, MD on January 17, 2015
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