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How do anti-seizure drugs help treat migraines?

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Some of the medicines that prevent seizures in people who have epilepsy can help you have fewer headaches. Two types of anti-seizure drugs treat migraines are:

These drugs can cause side effects like nausea, weight gain, fatigue, and hair loss. Women who are pregnant or who might get pregnant shouldn't take valproate.

  • Divalproex/valproate (Depakene, Depakote)
  • Topiramate (Topamax)

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Types of Blood Pressure Medications."

American Migraine Foundation: "Commonly Used Acute Migraine Treatments."

Mayo Clinic: "Mayo Clinic Q and A: Botox a Treatment for Chronic Migraines, But Not a Cure" and "Migraine Treatment."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Migraine Information Page."

Neurology : "Evidence-based guideline update: Pharmacologic treatment for episodic migraine prevention in adults."

The Migraine Trust: "Medication."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Migraine headaches in adults (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on June 10, 2017

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Types of Blood Pressure Medications."

American Migraine Foundation: "Commonly Used Acute Migraine Treatments."

Mayo Clinic: "Mayo Clinic Q and A: Botox a Treatment for Chronic Migraines, But Not a Cure" and "Migraine Treatment."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Migraine Information Page."

Neurology : "Evidence-based guideline update: Pharmacologic treatment for episodic migraine prevention in adults."

The Migraine Trust: "Medication."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Migraine headaches in adults (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on June 10, 2017

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