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What prescription drugs can help stop a migraine before it starts?

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Your doctor may consider these types of prescription drugs:

  • Anticonvulsants. These are medicines that prevent or reduce seizures.
  • Beta-blockers. They relax your blood vessels.
  • Botulinum toxin (Botox). A doctor can inject small amounts around your face and scalp every three months to stop migraines from happening.
  • Calcium channel blockers, which ease the narrowing of your blood vessels.
  • Tricyclic antidepressants.

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Neurology: "Evidence-Based Guidelines for Migraine Headache." 

George R. Nissan, DO, director of research, Diamond Headache Clinic, Chicago.

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on March 12, 2020

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Neurology: "Evidence-Based Guidelines for Migraine Headache." 

George R. Nissan, DO, director of research, Diamond Headache Clinic, Chicago.

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on March 12, 2020

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