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When to Seek Medical Care for a Headache or Migraine

Call a doctor if any of the following occur:

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Ocular Migraine Treatment

Since it is brief, the vision loss of ocular migraines is not usually treated. But you may need relief for the headache that accompanies or follows it. The primary treatment for ocular migraines is to reduce exposure to triggers. Calcium-channel blockers are the main drug treatment for ocular migraines. They work by relaxing the blood vessels. One example is Cardene, which can be given as a pill or as a tab you put under the tongue.

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Go to a hospital emergency department if any of the following occur:

  • Weakness or paralysis
  • Having the worst headache ever, especially if the headache came on very quickly
  • Headache associated with trauma to the head
  • Trauma to the head with loss of consciousness
  • Fever or stiff neck associated with a headache
  • Decreased level of consciousness or confusion
  • Seizure

WebMD Medical Reference from eMedicineHealth

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on February 22, 2015
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