How are they treated?
You can't cure
migraines. But medicines and other treatments may help you feel better and
limit how often you get migraines.
your doctor may want you to try an
over-the-counter pain medicine, such as acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, or
naproxen. Brand names include Advil, Aleve, Bayer, and Tylenol. Some over-the-counter medicines (for example, Excedrin) combine acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine. Be safe with medicines. Read
and follow all instructions on the label.
If these medicines don't work, your doctor can prescribe stronger medicine
to stop the migraine. Your doctor also may prescribe medicine to
You may not be able to use some
medicines if you are pregnant or have other health problems, such as heart
If the first
medicine doesn't work, ask your doctor if you
can try something else. It may take time to find what works best for
Some people also use
other kinds of treatments, such as
acupuncture. These may help reduce the pain or the
number of migraines you have.
When you feel a
migraine coming on:
- Stop what you are doing, and take your
medicine. Don't wait for the migraine to get worse. Take
your medicine exactly as your doctor told you to.
- Rest in a quiet,
dark room. Close your eyes, and try to relax or go to sleep. Don't watch TV or
read. Put a cold pack or cool cloth on the painful area.
Be careful when you use your migraine medicines. Taking
them too often can cause you to get another headache when you stop taking the
medicine. This is called a
rebound headache. If you are taking headache
medicine more than 2 days a week, or if you get more than 3 headaches a
month, talk to your doctor.
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