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  1. Migraine Headaches - Other Treatment

    Some people find that complementary treatments reduce how many migraines they have or how bad the migraines are. Talk to your doctor about whether you should try: Acupuncture. This involves putting very thin needles into the skin at certain points on the body. Research shows that acupuncture can help prevent some headaches. 1 Biofeedback. This is a way to control a body function-such as ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Migraines: Finding and Avoiding Triggers

    The best way to manage migraine headaches is to avoid them. By identifying and avoiding migraine triggers, you can help reduce the frequency and severity of attacks. While some triggers may be out of your control, others are easily avoidable. The following points can help you prevent a migraine:Identify your migraine triggers in a headache diary(What is a PDF document?).Get regular sleep and ...

  4. Migraine Headaches - When to Call a Doctor

    Call or other emergency services if: You have a sudden,severe headache that is different from past headaches. You have symptoms of a stroke,such as: Sudden numbness,paralysis,or weakness in your face,arm,or leg,especially on only one side of your body. New problems with walking or balance. Sudden vision changes. New problems speaking or understanding simple statements,or feeling ...

  5. Midrin for Migraines - Topic Overview

    Midrin is a combination of the drugs isometheptene, acetaminophen, and dichloralphenazone. This drug combines properties of a pain reliever, a medicine that helps narrow (constrict) blood vessels, and a mild sedative to help reduce migraine headache pain. Side effects of Midrin can include dizziness and a skin rash.Midrin is a prescription medicine that comes in tablet form. The usual adult dosage is 2 tablets taken together followed by 1 tablet every hour until your pain is relieved. You should not take more than 5 tablets within a 12-hour period. You may not be able to use Midrin if you have glaucoma, renal disease, hypertension, certain heart problems, hepatic disease, or if you are taking a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI). Before you take this medicine, be sure to discuss with your doctor whether Midrin is right for you.

  6. 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: ...

  7. Migraine Headaches - Topic Overview

    This topic is about migraine headaches. If you are looking for information about tension headaches,see Tension Headaches. If you are looking for information about headaches in children,see Headaches in Children. What are migraine headaches? Migraines are painful,throbbing headaches that last from 4 to 72 hours. When you have a migraine,it may be so painful that you are not able to do your ...

  8. Butterbur for Migraines - Topic Overview

    Petasites hybridus plant extract, known as butterbur, has been used for years to prevent migraine headaches. Studies show it is effective at reducing the frequency of migraines.1Experts are not sure what causes migraines.Researchers are unclear exactly how butterbur helps to prevent migraines. But some research suggests that it may prevent swelling and relieve pressure on the blood vessels. Another theory is that it may affect calcium channels, which experts also believe may be related to migraines. More research is needed to find out how butterbur helps prevent migraines.Butterbur is available as a supplement (tablet or capsule). It is marketed under the brand name Petadolex. It is important to find butterbur that has been standardized (which means you receive the same amount of active ingredient in every dose) with guaranteed potency. Do not consume butterbur from the plant itself because it has toxic properties, which are removed in the standardized supplement.Some people may

  9. Migraine Headaches - Treatment Overview

    You can't cure migraines,but you can use medicines and other treatments to feel better. The goal of treatment is to reduce how often you get migraines and to stop the headaches with the fewest drug side effects. Your doctor may have you try several types of medicines and may adjust the doses to manage your migraines. Find and avoid migraine triggers You can reduce how many migraines you have ...

  10. 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 ...

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