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Doctors usually recommend these if you have more than two or three migraines a month. Medications that aim to head off migraine episodes include antidepressants such as amitriptyline (Elavil), desipramine (Norpramin), doxepin (Sinequan), imipramine (Tofranil), nortriptyline (Pamelor), and protriptyline (Vivactil).

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Young, W. Demos Medical publishing, 2004.  Migraines and Other Headaches,

Blumenfeld, A. , April 2004.  Dermatology Clinic

Sheftell F. August 2005. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners,

News release, NuPathe Inc.

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Lawrence C. Newman on August 17, 2017

SOURCES: 

Young, W. Demos Medical publishing, 2004.  Migraines and Other Headaches,

Blumenfeld, A. , April 2004.  Dermatology Clinic

Sheftell F. August 2005. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners,

News release, NuPathe Inc.

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Lawrence C. Newman on August 17, 2017

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