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Nausea Drugs for Migraines and Headaches

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 migraine medications. 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 NameBrand NameSymptoms RelievedPossible Side Effects
promethazine hydrochloride (available in tablet, syrup, injection, or suppository form)PhenerganNausea, vomitingConfusion, drowsiness, dizziness, gastrointestinal upset, excitability, nightmares, uncontrollable muscle movements, and lip smacking or chewing movements
chlorpromazine (available in suppository form)ThorazineNausea, vomitingConfusion, drowsiness, dizziness, gastrointestinal upset, excitability, nightmares, uncontrollable muscle movements, and lip smacking or chewing movements
prochlorperazine (available in tablet and suppository form)CompazineNausea, vomitingConfusion, 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)TiganNausea, vomitingLow 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)ReglanNausea, vomitingUncontrollable muscle movements, lip smacking or chewing movements, sensitivity to sunlight, aching of lower legs, diarrhea

 

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Reviewed by Varnada Karriem-Norwood, MD on April 19, 2012
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