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What are some tips to keep in mind when taking medication for migraines?

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When you take medication to prevent migraine headaches, keep these tips in mind:

  • Your doctor will likely start you on a low dose and gradually increase it over time. It may take several months to find the best dose with the fewest side effects.
  • Don't suddenly stop taking preventive medications. That could trigger a severe rebound headache. Instead, you’ll need to slowly taper them off under your doctor's direction.
  • Preventive migraine medications probably won't completely get rid of your headaches. You'll still need to take other medications when you have a migraine.

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

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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