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When should I consider using medications to prevent migraines?

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You may want to consider medicine to prevent migraines if you:

  • Have pain that hampers your life despite treatment
  • Get more than three moderate to severe headaches per month
  • Take a lot of painkillers
  • Don’t get enough relief from meds you now take
  • Have side effects from your headache drugs
  • Have uncommon migraine conditions like continuing aura (blurred vision or seeing spots or wavy lines)

SOURCES:  American Academy of Neurology: "Evidence-Based Guidelines for Migraine Headache."  George R. Nissan, DO, director of research, Diamond Headache Clinic, Chicago. News release, FDA.





Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 28, 2018

SOURCES:  American Academy of Neurology: "Evidence-Based Guidelines for Migraine Headache."  George R. Nissan, DO, director of research, Diamond Headache Clinic, Chicago. News release, FDA.





Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 28, 2018

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