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What medications are used to prevent migraines without aura?

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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 take these regularly to reduce the severity or frequency of the headaches. These include seizure medicines, blood pressure medicines (like beta blockers and  channel blockers), and some . CGRP inhibitors are a new class of preventive medicine that your doctor may recommend if other medicines don’t help. calciumantidepressants

There are also devices available. Cefaly is a portable headband-like device sends electrical impulses through the skin of the forehead to stimulate a nerve linked with migraine headaches. You use it once a day for 20 minutes, and when it's on you'll feel a tingling or massaging sensation. SpringTM or eNeura sTMS may be another option. You hold this device at the back of your head at the first sign of a headache, and it gives off a magnetic pulse that stimulates part of the brain. In addition, there is a noninvasive vagus nerve stimulator called gammaCore. When placed over the vagus nerve in the neck, it releases a mild electrical stimulation to the nerve's fibers to relieve pain.

From: Migraine Headaches Without Aura WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: eMedicine.com: "Headache, Migraine." International Headache Society: "International Classification of Headache Disorders, edition 2." eMedicineHealth.com: "Alternative and Complementary Approaches to Migraines and Headaches." eMedicine.com: "Migraine Headache: Pediatric Perspective." News release, FDA.




Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 28, 2018

SOURCES: eMedicine.com: "Headache, Migraine." International Headache Society: "International Classification of Headache Disorders, edition 2." eMedicineHealth.com: "Alternative and Complementary Approaches to Migraines and Headaches." eMedicine.com: "Migraine Headache: Pediatric Perspective." News release, FDA.




Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 28, 2018

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