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What are preventive medicines for migraine?

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When you have four or more migraines every month, your doctor may suggest you take a "preventive" medicine, instead of waiting to treat painful symptoms after they start. These drugs lower the chances that you'll have migraines in the first place. And when you do get one, it'll likely be briefer and less severe.

Migraine affects everyone differently. Because of that, you may need to try more than one thing to find the treatment that's right for you. Your doctor will probably consider when and how often you get migraines and what other health problems you have.

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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