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  1. Migraine Headaches - Symptoms

    The most common symptom of a migraine headache is a throbbing pain on one side of your head. You also may have other symptoms before,during,and after a migraine. Different people have different symptoms. Symptoms before the migraine begins A day or two before a migraine starts,you may feel: Depressed or cranky. Very happy,very awake,or full of energy. Restless or nervous. Very sleepy. ...

  2. Migraine Headaches - What Increases Your Risk

    You may be more likely to get migraines if you: Have a family history of migraines. Are female. Women are 3 times more likely than men to get migraines. Are a teenager or young adult. Migraines often begin during these years. Have depression,anxiety,asthma,or epilepsy. ...

  3. Seizure Medicine to Prevent Migraine Headaches

    Drug details for Seizure medicine to prevent migraine headaches.

  4. Migraine Headaches - Cause

    Experts aren't sure what causes migraines. They run in families,and experts have found a genetic link. But it is not clear why some people get migraines and others don't. Certain things can bring on a migraine. These are called triggers. Your triggers may be different from someone else's. Having several triggers increases the chance you will get migraines. Some common triggers include: ...

  5. Antidepressants for Tension Headaches - Topic Overview

    Antidepressant medicines, which are usually used to treat depression, can be effective in preventing chronic tension headaches. Antidepressants have some pain-relieving properties and may reduce how often headaches occur and how long they last. Antidepressants are also used to improve sleep problems.Tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline, are the antidepressants used most often to reduce the frequency or duration of tension headaches. Medicines to prevent tension headaches have not been well studied. The best evidence is for amitriptyline. It has been proven to reduce how often tension headaches occur and how bad they get.1 If you do not respond well to amitriptyline, you may try other tricyclic antidepressants, although they may not work as well to relieve your headache. Side effects of tricyclic antidepressants include:Drowsiness or sleepiness.Dry mouth.Constipation.Blurred vision.Inability to urinate.Weight gain.Low blood pressure when you stand up quickly.Other

  6. Migraine Headaches - Prevention

    You may be able to have fewer migraines by finding out what brings on (or triggers) your headaches and then avoiding those triggers. Migraine triggers include certain foods and stress. Some common triggers are: Stress. Not eating. Poor sleep habits. A change from your normal routine. Red wine. Cheese. Monosodium glutamate (MSG). Strong odors. Chocolate. Keeping a headache diary (What ...

  7. Migraine Headaches - Living With Migraine Headaches

    You may have fewer migraines-and less pain when you do get them-by trying to: Find and avoid triggers for your headaches. Keep a headache diary (What is a PDF document?) to find out what triggers your migraines. Take medicine as your doctor advises to prevent and stop migraines. Take your medicine right away when you think that you are getting a migraine. Reduce stress with relaxation and ...

  8. Preventive Headache Medicines - Topic Overview

    Preventive medicines are used to avoid severe or chronic headaches, such as migraines or cluster headaches. They are not used to treat headaches after they begin.Examples of preventive medicines are:Anticonvulsants. Antidepressants.Beta-blockers.Botulinum toxin.Calcium channel blockers. In order for these medicines to work, you will need to use them exactly as your doctor tells you to. You may need to take them daily even when you do not have a headache. Some people only have to take preventive medicines for a few months. Other people need to take them long-term. Botulinum toxin is given as multiple shots every 12 weeks.

  9. Tension Headaches - Medications

    Your doctor may recommend medicine to treat or prevent tension headaches. You might only need to take an over-the-counter medicine for pain. These medicines usually have fewer side effects than prescription drugs. Over-the-counter drugs to stop headaches Over-the-counter medicines that you can use to stop a headache include: Aspirin. Ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin). Naproxen (such as ...

  10. Headaches: Finding and Avoiding Triggers

    By identifying and avoiding tension headache triggers, you can help reduce the frequency and severity of your headaches. While some triggers may be out of your control, others are easily avoidable. The following points can help you prevent a tension headache: Keep a headache diary to identify your tension headache triggers.Manage stress.Seek treatment for any underlying depression or anxiety. ...

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