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Are there prescription drugs that can stop a migraine before it starts?

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To stop a migraine before it starts, your doctor may consider these types of prescription drugs:

  • Anticonvulsants
  • Beta-blockers
  • Botulinum toxin
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • CGRP (calcitonin gene-related peptide) blockers  

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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