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  1. Migraine Headaches - 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 Have Imaging Tests to Find Out What's Causing My Headaches? Headaches: Should I Take Medicine to Prevent Migraines? Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a ...

  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. Antidepressants for Migraine Headaches - 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 ...

  4. Migraine Headaches - Medications

    Two kinds of medicines are used to treat migraines: Medicines to stop a migraine. These are sometimes called abortive medicines. These may be over-the-counter or prescription medicines. If you take the medicine at the first sign you're getting a migraine,you may stop the headache before it starts. Medicines to prevent migraines. These drugs are often called preventive medicines. You get ...

  5. Symptoms Before a Migraine - Topic Overview

    You may develop subtle symptoms before a migraine headache begins. They may occur before migraines with or without visual and nervous system symptoms (aura).These symptoms usually develop 24 to 48 hours before the headache starts and may include:Hunger, thirst, food cravings, or loss of appetite.Mood changes (depression, euphoria or feeling of well-being, or irritability).Changes in energy level (restlessness, sleepiness, excessive energy, nervousness, or calmness).Change in consciousness (drowsiness or hyperalertness).

  6. Feverfew for Migraines - Topic Overview

    Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) is an herb that has been studied a lot for migraine prevention. Some small studies show that it may help prevent migraines in some people. But most experts think the benefits are still unproved.1Feverfew is available as dried leaf powder, tablet, capsule, and tea. If you would like to try feverfew to help prevent your migraine headaches, it is important to find feverfew that has been standardized (which means you receive the same amount of active ingredient in every dose) with guaranteed potency.Side effects of feverfew are usually mild but can include stomach upset and allergic reaction, such as a skin rash. People who chew on the feverfew leaves sometimes develop open sores (ulcers) in the mouth. Feverfew is not recommended for use by young children or by women who are pregnant or breast-feeding.Be sure to tell your doctor before you take feverfew. Like any drug, it can interact with other medicines that you are taking or affect your health in ways

  7. Types of Migraine Headaches - 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

  8. Seizure Medicine to Prevent Migraine Headaches

    Drug details for Seizure medicine to prevent migraine headaches.

  9. Why Frequent Headaches Hurt

    An estimated 45 million Americans experience chronic headaches.

  10. Headache: Geriatric Headaches

    Older persons have fewer headaches than younger ones, but here are many causes of new-onset headaches in the elderly, some of which can be particularly worrisome. Learn about them here.

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