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  1. What Kind of Migraine Is It?

    What kind of migraine do you have? Check these tips.

  2. Hemicrania Continua

    WebMD discusses the symptoms and treatments of hemicranias continua, a continuous headache on one side of the head.

  3. Headache Triggers and Exercise

    A brief explanation of how exercise -- and other forms of exertion -- can cause headaches.

  4. Drugs to Prevent Tension Headaches

    Here is a list of antidepressants used to treat tension headaches.

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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

  7. Ergotamines for Migraine Headaches

    Drug details for Ergotamines for migraine headaches.

  8. 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 ...

  9. Tension Headaches - Treatment Overview

    You can treat most tension headaches with: Over-the-counter pain medicines. Prescription drugs if you have chronic or very bad headaches. Avoiding things that trigger your headaches. Meditation and other ways to lower your stress. Over-the-counter medicines to stop headaches Try these drugs first. Most doctors recommend that you try over-the-counter drugs first if you have mild to moderate ...

  10. Antianxiety Medicines for Tension Headaches - Topic Overview

    If your tension headaches are triggered by anxiety, you may be treated with an antianxiety medicine, such as buspirone (BuSpar), to reduce anxiety and the frequency of tension headaches.Antianxiety medicines relieve anxiety and nervousness and have a calming effect. In high doses, they may cause drowsiness and sleep. Buspirone reduces mild anxiety, irritability, fatigue, and pain. It is usually taken daily to relieve symptoms and is not addictive if it is used continuously.Generally, side effects are mild and include: Drowsiness. Low blood pressure. A general lack of interest in things (apathy). Dizziness. Forgetfulness. Antianxiety medicines other than buspirone (such as alprazolam) may be tried, but they can become addictive. Buspirone is not habit-forming and may be used for longer periods of time.

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