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Treatment of Migraine Headaches

Treatment of Migraine  Headaches

Migraine Headaches

Symptoms of Migraines


Treatments of Migraines

Migraine headaches are a very treatable condition. Most patients could achieve good control of their headaches. The first step in the treatment is to eliminate exacerbating factors. There are multiple factors that might induce a migraine. These could include lack of sleep, skipping meals, sunlight, and different kinds of food. The patient has to take notice of which of these factors are inducing the headaches and eliminate them.

The second step is medications. There are two categories of treatments. They include the abortive drugs and prophylactic drugs.

Abortive Treatments:

These are medications that the patient takes when they get migraines in order to end the attack. There are several classes of drugs including the over the counter pain killers like Motrin and Tylenol. Other prescription pain killers are used as well including codeine based medications like Vicodin. These medications could be helpful as long as they are not used frequently. Frequent use of these medications could lead to exacerbation of headaches and patients could develop daily headaches. In addition each of these mediations has specific side effects that limit their frequent use. Another class of prescription drugs is the triptans like Imitrex and Maxalt. These medications could be more effective if over the counter medications do not work. However, frequent use of triptans is not recommended for all patients, as there is a risk of stroke and other side effects with frequent use.

Prophylactic Treatments:

If a patient has one or more headaches a week then medications are used to try and prevent the headaches or lower the frequency of headaches. This is a very important category of medications as patients often take abortive medications too frequently which exacerbate their headaches and lead to other side effects. Prophylactic medications are taken daily as opposed to the abortive medications which are only taken when a headache starts. There are multiple classes of medications that could be used. They include medications that are used to treat depression, epilepsy, and hypertension. These drugs could be very safe if used properly. The type of treatment chosen for each patient will vary depending on the side effect profile of the drug, the patients characteristics and other illnesses that the patient might have, and the interaction of the medications that the patient is already taking with the migraine medications.

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