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Will either prescribed or over-the-counter pain relievers treat my migraine?

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Both prescribed and over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen, may give you relief from the effects of a migraine.

SOURCES:

Vestibular Disorders Association: "Vestibular migraine."

Michigan Headache & Neurological Institute.

American Hearing Research Foundation: "Migraine Associated Vertigo."

National Headache Foundation: "Migraine."

International Headache Society: "Retinal migraine."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Types of migraine and headache medications."

American Academy of Family Physicians, familydoctor.org: "Migraine headaches: Ways to deal with the pain."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 23, 2018

SOURCES:

Vestibular Disorders Association: "Vestibular migraine."

Michigan Headache & Neurological Institute.

American Hearing Research Foundation: "Migraine Associated Vertigo."

National Headache Foundation: "Migraine."

International Headache Society: "Retinal migraine."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Types of migraine and headache medications."

American Academy of Family Physicians, familydoctor.org: "Migraine headaches: Ways to deal with the pain."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 23, 2018

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