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
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
In 50% of cases, ocular migraines cause temporary and dramatic visual disturbance. In the other half of cases, ocular migraines can cause lesser vision disturbances such as:
Partial vision loss
Scotomas, or a blank spots in your vision
Flashes of light
Ocular migraines are usually brief, lasting less than five minutes. However, they can last up to 30 minutes. Forty-one percent of people have a headache during the vision loss. Twenty-five percent have it before...
prickling or tingling sensation in the hands and
Loss of appetite and weight
Inability to concentrate or speak
Gabapentin is a well-tolerated drug that usually
causes only mild side effects. These often go away within 1 to 2 weeks and
Side effects of valproate can include:
Headache pain that is different than
pain from a migraine headache.
Do not use valproate if you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or planning to get pregnant. If you need to use this medicine, talk to your doctor about how you can prevent pregnancy.
Women who use topiramate during pregnancy have a slightly higher chance of having a baby with birth defects. If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, you and your doctor must weigh the risks of using this medicine against the risks of not treating your condition.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning
on seizure medicines and the risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts. The FDA
does not recommend that people stop using these medicines. Instead, people who
take seizure medicine should be watched closely for
warning signs of suicide. People who take seizure
medicine and who are worried about this side effect should talk to a
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 12, 2014
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