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Can nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) help prevent menstrual migraine?

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If you're prone to migraines around your period, your doctor may have you take pain relief medicine like naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn) or certain triptans, typically used to stop migraines once they've started, each month. You may be able to stave off an attack if you start a few days before your cycle starts, then stop a few days after your flow begins.

Women who get auras with their menstrual migraines can take these instead of hormonal birth control, which comes with a greater chance of stroke for them.

SOURCES:

The Migraine Trust: "Preventive medicines."

American Family Physician : "Medications for Migraine Prophylaxis."

Progress in Cardiovascular Nursing : "Cardiovascular Effects of Migraine Therapy."

Harvard Health Publishing: "Migraines: Stop them before they start."

Headache : "Beta-Blockers for Migraine."

Medscape: "verapamil (Rx)."

National Headache Foundation: "Calcium Channel Blockers."

Mayo Clinic: "Migraine treatment: Can antidepressants help?"

PubChem Open Chemistry Database: "Amitriptyline," "Noritriptyline."

Consumer Reports : "Amitriptyline May Help Reduce Migraine Frequency."

American Migraine Foundation: "Botox for Migraine," "Calcitonin Gene-Related Peptide Targeted Therapy for Migraine."

NHS Choices: "Migraine - Prevention."

UpToDate: "Chronic Migraine."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 20, 2018

SOURCES:

The Migraine Trust: "Preventive medicines."

American Family Physician : "Medications for Migraine Prophylaxis."

Progress in Cardiovascular Nursing : "Cardiovascular Effects of Migraine Therapy."

Harvard Health Publishing: "Migraines: Stop them before they start."

Headache : "Beta-Blockers for Migraine."

Medscape: "verapamil (Rx)."

National Headache Foundation: "Calcium Channel Blockers."

Mayo Clinic: "Migraine treatment: Can antidepressants help?"

PubChem Open Chemistry Database: "Amitriptyline," "Noritriptyline."

Consumer Reports : "Amitriptyline May Help Reduce Migraine Frequency."

American Migraine Foundation: "Botox for Migraine," "Calcitonin Gene-Related Peptide Targeted Therapy for Migraine."

NHS Choices: "Migraine - Prevention."

UpToDate: "Chronic Migraine."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 20, 2018

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