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    1. Vertigo: Walking Exercises - Topic Overview

      Seizure medicines are drugs that are used to treat seizures. Seizure medicines are also used to prevent migraine headaches. And they may be used to help prevent tension headaches in some people. There is not good evidence for their use in preventing tension headaches, but your doctor may think that one of these medicines will help you if you have chronic tension headaches:Gabapentin (for example, Neurontin)Topiramate (Topamax)Valproate (for example, Depakene)Side effects of topiramate can include: Fatigue.A prickling or tingling sensation in the hands and feet.Lack of coordination.Loss of appetite and weight loss.Inability to concentrate or speak clearly.Gabapentin is a well-tolerated drug that usually causes only mild side effects. These often go away within 1 to 2 weeks and include:Dizziness.Drowsiness and fatigue.Headache.Weight gain.Foot swelling.Side effects of valproate can include: Fatigue.Nausea.Tremor or shakiness.Hair loss.Weight gain.Headache pain that is different than

    2. Vertigo: Level 2 (Harder) Balance Exercises - Health Tools

      Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Headaches: Managing a Headache

    3. Vertigo: Level 2 (Harder) Balance Exercises - 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.

    4. Vertigo: Level 2 (Harder) Balance Exercises - Health Tools

      Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Headaches: Should I Take Medicine to Prevent Migraines?

    5. Vertigo: Walking Exercises - Topic Overview

      Antidepressant medications,which are usually used to treat depression,can be effective in preventing migraine headaches. Antidepressants have some pain-relieving properties and may reduce duration and frequency of headaches. Antidepressants are also used to improve sleep problems. Tricyclic antidepressants are used most to prevent migraines. Amitriptyline and nortriptyline are used most ...

    6. Beta-Blockers for Migraine Headaches

      Drug details for Beta-blockers for migraine headaches.

    7. Vertigo: Level 2 (Harder) Balance Exercises - Health Tools

      Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Headaches: Should I Take Medicine to Prevent Migraines?

    8. Vertigo: Walking Exercises - Topic Overview

      Corticosteroids (such as prednisone or dexamethasone) are referred to as "transitional" medicines for the treatment of cluster headaches because they are sometimes used to break a cycle of cluster headaches. They are paired with medicines that stop (abortive) or prevent (prophylactic) additional headaches during a headache cycle. Often,within 2 to 4 days after starting treatment with ...

    9. Seizure Medicine to Prevent Migraine Headaches

      Drug details for Seizure medicine to prevent migraine headaches.

    10. Tension Headache Classifications - Topic Overview

      There are two main types of migraine headache:Migraine without aura (common migraine). Most people with migraines have common migraines. This type of migraine causes a throbbing pain on one side of the head. The pain is moderate to severe and gets worse with normal physical activity. You also may have nausea and vomiting and may feel worse around light and sound. The headache lasts 4 to 72 hours if it is not treated. A common migraine doesn't begin with an aura.Migraine with aura (classic migraine). Some people with migraines get an aura up to 30 minutes before they have a migraine. Symptoms of the aura include seeing wavy lines, flashing lights, or objects that look distorted. Other symptoms include tingling or a pins-and-needles feeling. Other types of migraine headache include:Menstrual migraine. Many women have migraines around their menstrual cycle. These occur a few days before, during, or right after their period. The symptoms are the same as those of common or classic

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