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What drugs can prevent these headaches during your period?

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The drugs used most often to treat menstrual migraines can also help prevent them. These include NSAIDs and triptans, such as: Frovatriptan (Frova)

If you don’t respond to other treatments and you have 4 or more migraine days a month, your doctor may suggest preventive medicines. You can take these regularly to reduce the severity or frequency of the headaches. These could include seizure medicines, blood pressure medicines (like beta blockers and  channel blockers), and some antidepressants. calcium

CGRP inhibitors are a new class of preventive medicine that your doctor may recommend if other medicines don’t help.

In addition, there are two devices which could brief relief. A small headband device called Celafy has found to be helpful in preventing migraines in some people. It sends electrical pulses through the forehead to stimulate a nerve linked with migraines. SpringTMS or eNeura sTMS is a magnet that can be placed on the back of your head and a split-second pulse interrupts abnormal electrical activity caused by migraine, thus aborts the migraine.

  • Almotriptan (Axert )
  • Eletriptan (Relpax)
  • Frovatriptan (Frova)
  • Naratriptan (Amerge)
  • Rizatriptan (Maxalt)
  • Sumatriptan (Imitrex)
  • Sumatriptan/naproxen Sodium (Treximet)
  •  Zolmitriptan (Zomig)

SOURCES:

National Headache Foundation: “Cut Back on Salt to Decrease Headaches,” “Menstrual Migraine.”

Mayo Clinic, “Chronic Daily Headaches,” "Headaches and hormones: What’s the connection?”

Harvard University: “Taming the Cycle: How Does the Pill Work?”

OBG Management : “The gynecologist’s role in managing menstrual migraine.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Hormone Headaches Menstrual Migraines.”

The Migraine Trust: “Migraine and the contraceptive pill,” “Supplements and herbs.”

American Family Physician : “Contraception Choices in Women with Underlying Medical Conditions.”

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

American Headache Society: “Menstrual Migraine.”

Drug Safety: “Migraine in pregnancy: What are the safest treatment options?”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 9, 2018

SOURCES:

National Headache Foundation: “Cut Back on Salt to Decrease Headaches,” “Menstrual Migraine.”

Mayo Clinic, “Chronic Daily Headaches,” "Headaches and hormones: What’s the connection?”

Harvard University: “Taming the Cycle: How Does the Pill Work?”

OBG Management : “The gynecologist’s role in managing menstrual migraine.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Hormone Headaches Menstrual Migraines.”

The Migraine Trust: “Migraine and the contraceptive pill,” “Supplements and herbs.”

American Family Physician : “Contraception Choices in Women with Underlying Medical Conditions.”

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

American Headache Society: “Menstrual Migraine.”

Drug Safety: “Migraine in pregnancy: What are the safest treatment options?”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 9, 2018

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