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Headaches, Migraines, and Nausea

What Are the Treatment Options for Migraines and Nausea?

Many different treatment options exist for migraines with nausea. They include:

  • Lifestyle changes. Stress is a common trigger for nauseating migraines and migraine variants. Taking steps to reduce the stress in your life may help reduce the frequency or severity of attacks. Eliminating cigarettes, if you smoke, and avoiding foods that commonly trigger migraines, including chocolate and alcohol, may also help. 
  • Medications. A variety of different medications are commonly prescribed to treat migraines. These include drugs to prevent migraines, drugs to stop migraines once they've started, and drugs to alleviate migraine symptoms. The FDA has also approved a prescription device placed on the back of the head at the onset of a migraine with aura. It's called the Cerena Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator (TMS) and emits a pulse of magnetic energy into part of the brain, which may stop or lessen pain.

There are a number of anti-nausea medications your doctor may prescribe if migraines are causing you to experience nausea or vomiting. These drugs are available in a variety of forms, including pills, suppositories, syrups, and injections. Since they also have a number of side effects, you need to work with your doctor to find a product that works for you.

  • Complementary therapies. There is some evidence that biofeedback and acupuncture may help minimize migraines and related symptoms, such as nausea.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Richard Senelick, MD on August 29, 2012
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