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What medicines will my doctor suggest for a prolonged migraine?

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If you have four or more severe, prolonged migraines each month, your doctor may suggest you try medicine and other tactics to prevent your attacks, such as:

Devices have also been approved such as:

  • Blood pressure drugs like propranolol, verapamil, and others
  • Antidepressants
  • Anti-seizure drugs - like topiramate
  • Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) inhibitors like erenumab (Aimovig) and¬†fremanezumab (Ajovy),
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Relaxation and biofeedback techniques
  • Avoiding foods that trigger your migraines
  • Cefaly, a small headband device that sends electrical pulses through the forehead to stimulate a nerve linked with migraines
  • Spring TMS, a device for people who have an aura before migraine headaches. You hold it 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.

From: Headache Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Buchholz, D. , Workman Publishing Company, 2002. Heal Your Headache: The 1-2-3 Program for Taking Charge of Your Pain

Livingstone, I. , Novak Owl Books, 2004. Breaking the Headache Cycle: A Proven Program for Treating and Preventing Recurring Headaches

Smith T. , 2004. Drugs

Young, W. , Demos Medical Publishing, 2004. Migraine and other Headaches

Cady R. , July 2005. Mayo Clinic Proceedings

News release, NuPathe Inc.

News release, FDA.

International Headache Society.

American College of Rheumatology: "NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 18, 2018

SOURCES:

Buchholz, D. , Workman Publishing Company, 2002. Heal Your Headache: The 1-2-3 Program for Taking Charge of Your Pain

Livingstone, I. , Novak Owl Books, 2004. Breaking the Headache Cycle: A Proven Program for Treating and Preventing Recurring Headaches

Smith T. , 2004. Drugs

Young, W. , Demos Medical Publishing, 2004. Migraine and other Headaches

Cady R. , July 2005. Mayo Clinic Proceedings

News release, NuPathe Inc.

News release, FDA.

International Headache Society.

American College of Rheumatology: "NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 18, 2018

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