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Taking the Pain Out of Migraine Treatment

Treating Migraines as They Come May Lead to Medication Overuse

New Migraine Treatments on the Horizon

Silberstein adds that two new drugs under study may offer migraine sufferers new treatment options.

The first of these drugs, Topamax, has traditionally been used in the treatment of epileptic seizures and is now under consideration by the FDA for treatment of migraine. In a recent study, half of the people treated with Topamax experienced a 50% reduction in the frequency of their migraines, 27% had a 75%-90% reduction, and 6% saw their migraines completely eliminated.

Side effects were reported among about 5% of patients who used Topamax and included anxiety, fatigue, nausea, stomach pain, memory problems, and insomnia.

Another drug being studied for the treatment of migraine is Botox (botulinum toxin type A), a drug best known for its wrinkle-reducing effects. The drug was originally developed to treat muscle disorders, but recent research has shown that it also works on the sensory nerves and areas of the brain involved in migraine, blocking the pain involved in migraine attacks.

Experts say the treatment of migraine has changed drastically in the last decade, and people who aren't getting the relief they need from their current therapy should talk to their doctor about alternatives.

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