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What should you know about taking migraine and headache medications?

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If you get migraines or other types of headaches, you'll probably need to use medicine to get relief at some point. Three different types can help:

Each type of medication works best when you take it along with other lifestyle changes, such as diet, exercise, and relaxation therapy. You and your doctor should work together to decide the best treatment plan for you. Make sure to talk about your treatment goals with your doctor and about what you expect from your medications, so you can know if your plan is working.

  • Drugs that relieve pain or other symptoms of migraines, like nausea
  • Drugs that stop a migraine headache
  • Drugs that prevent your headaches

Reviewed by Neil Lava on January 21, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 01/21/2017

SOURCES:

FDA: “6 Tips to Avoid Medication Mistakes.”

The Migraine Trust: “Medication.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Headache Medications.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on January 21, 2017

SOURCES:

FDA: “6 Tips to Avoid Medication Mistakes.”

The Migraine Trust: “Medication.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Headache Medications.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on January 21, 2017

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