Taking medicine too often to stop a migraine can
cause more headaches. These
rebound headaches are different from
migraine headaches. They usually start after pain medicine
wears off, which leads you to take another dose.
After a while, you get a headache whenever you stop taking
Talk to your doctor if you are taking
headache medicine more than 2 days a week. Take your medicine as
prescribed by your doctor.
Other things to think about
Depression and migraines. Many people who have migraines also have depression. Taking
prescription medicine for both problems is common.
Make sure all your doctors know about all the
medicines that you take. In very rare cases, a serious condition called
serotonin syndrome may happen when a person takes a triptan for migraines and an SSRI (selective
serotonin reuptake inhibitor) or SNRI (selective serotonin/norepinephrine
reuptake inhibitor) for depression. But most people have no problems
when they take these medicines together. Talk to your doctor if you are
concerned about this problem.
Antinausea medicine. If you have nausea or vomiting during migraine attacks, your doctor also may prescribe medicine to help with these
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 12, 2014
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