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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. Tension Headaches - Cause

    The cause of tension headaches is not clear. In the past,doctors believed that tension or spasms of the muscles of the neck,face,jaw,head,or scalp played a role in causing these headaches. Now they think a change in brain chemistry may also help cause a tension headache. Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. They can be brought on-or triggered -by things such as stress ...

  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. Seizure Medicines for Tension Headaches - 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

  5. Triptans (Serotonin Receptor Agonists) for Migraine Headaches

    Drug details for Triptans (serotonin receptor agonists) for migraine headaches.

  6. Migraine Headaches - Exams and Tests

    Your doctor will diagnose a migraine by examining you and asking questions about your health and lifestyle. There are no tests that can prove that you have migraines. Migraines can be hard to diagnose,because their symptoms are like those of other types of headaches. For example,many people have been diagnosed with sinus headaches when they actually have migraines. It's likely that you are ...

  7. Beta-Blockers for Migraine Headaches

    Drug details for Beta-blockers for migraine headaches.

  8. Ergotamines for Migraine Headaches

    Drug details for Ergotamines for migraine headaches.

  9. Cluster 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? ...

  10. 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 ...

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