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How can triptans help with menstrual migraines?

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Your doctor can prescribe these drugs to treat a migraine once it’s started, but they also prevent menstrual migraine headaches. You start them two days before you usually get a migraine and keep taking them for six to seven days total. Triptans can cause side effects like nausea, dizziness, a stuffy nose, and cramps. They might also lead to rebound headaches -- new or more severe headaches that happen when you overuse medication.

SOURCES:

American Headache Society: "Menstrual Migraine."

American Migraine Foundation: "Controversies in Headache Medicine: Migraine Prevention Diets."

Mayo Clinic: "Headaches and hormones: What's the connection?" "Migraine: Symptoms and causes."

NHS: "Hormone headaches."

Pain Physician : "Effects of intravenous and oral magnesium on reducing migraine: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials."

The Journal of Headache and Pain : "Triptans in prevention of menstrual migraine: a systematic review with meta-analysis."

The Migraine Trust: "Exercise," "Keeping a migraine diary," "Menstrual Migraine," "Migraine: Symptoms and causes."

Womenshealth.gov: "Migraine fact sheet."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 21, 2018

SOURCES:

American Headache Society: "Menstrual Migraine."

American Migraine Foundation: "Controversies in Headache Medicine: Migraine Prevention Diets."

Mayo Clinic: "Headaches and hormones: What's the connection?" "Migraine: Symptoms and causes."

NHS: "Hormone headaches."

Pain Physician : "Effects of intravenous and oral magnesium on reducing migraine: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials."

The Journal of Headache and Pain : "Triptans in prevention of menstrual migraine: a systematic review with meta-analysis."

The Migraine Trust: "Exercise," "Keeping a migraine diary," "Menstrual Migraine," "Migraine: Symptoms and causes."

Womenshealth.gov: "Migraine fact sheet."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 21, 2018

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