Migraine Medication Used As Preventive and Abortive..


Migraine medication that may be prescribed.

Some migraine sufferers have infrequent migraines and over the counter pain medicine works. If migraines become frequent and more painful that's when it's time to think about taking medicines to prevent the attacks. These drugs may have to be experimented with such as the dose taken, and the combination to see relief. Side effects could range from mild to undesirable. Report any of these to the specialist.

Migraine medication that's give to prevent migraines.

Depending on the particular doctor that's being seen, some medicines give may be:

  • Beta blockers such as Propanolol or Nadolol that's also used to treat heart conditions and high blood pressure. Possible side effects are depression, fatigue and insomnia. 
  • Calcium channel blockers such as Verapamil, also used to treat high blood pressure, and is tolerated well.
  • Antidepressants such as Nortriptyline or Zoloft. They're good for depression, fatigue and insomnia. Side effects are sedation, possible dry mouth and constipation. 
  • Topamax, and Depakote are anticonvulsant, antimigraine drugs prescribed for migraine relief. They come with undesirable side effects such as weight loss or weight gain, dizziness, confusion, and sedation effects. Also such drugs as prednisone, and methysergide are used.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are used as preventives such as:

  • Ibuprofen 
  • Naproxen 
  • Celecoxib

The above can be used for prevention if exertion promotes attacks.  In our sex headaches page these can be used before sex to prevent attacks. Also these drugs can bring relief for menstrual headaches. 

Migraine medication for acute treatment.

Triptans are probably the most prescribed medicine for aborting a migraine attack.  They are:

  • Almotriptan (Axert) 
  • Rizatriptan (Maxalt) 
  • Zolmitriptan (Zomig) 
  • Naratriptan (Amerge) 
  • Sumatriptan  6 mg self injection and works the fastest. 
  • Sumatriptan nasal spray faster than tablets. (Wife took this sometimes)
  • Sumatriptan (Imitrex) is the original and comes in 25 mg, 50 mg, and 100 mg. 
  • Frovatriptan (Frova) is helpful for menstrual.

Some doctors may prescribe Opioids such as:

  • Codeine 
  • Oxycodone

 Nausea and vomiting are also two migraine symptoms that have to be treated. Migraine headache medications for that are:

  • Reglan 
  • Phenergan 
  • Compazine 

These can be taken orally or rectally.

Just about all of these drugs used to abort migraines if taken to often can back fire causing rebound headaches. Once that stage is created, the preventive medicine will do very little good and headaches can be had daily. It's believed that around 85% of migrainures fall into this rebound cycle. They start off by treating migraines with OTC pain medicines and before they realize it more and more pills are consumed to get rid of the pain.

Our pick for a more natural approach to nausea is using ginger, a herb know for fighting inflammation and nausea. Also sipping Ginger Ale will help.

Migraine medications that can be triggers for attacks.

  • Birth control pills. Other hormone treatments. 
  • Vasodilators such as Nitrates for heart trouble and Viagra. 
  • Antidepressants such as Prozac, and Wellbutrin used for depression. 
  • Diet pills, adrenaline like drugs such as over the counter stimulates and Bronchodilators for asthma.

We heard of a doctor that took his patient off of what he had prescribed for her because he thought the drugs were adding to her migraines?????

Migraine medications will not be as efficient if the migraine triggers are ignored.

It's thought that within the brain, what's called the hypothalamus controls many basic functions including hunger, hormonal regulation, sleep and wake cycle, and the autonomic nervous system. Just about all migraine activators have input to the hypothalamus. These are the triggers received:

  • Stress 
  • Hormones 
  • Odors 
  • Sleep disturbances  
  • Dietary triggers circulating in the blood stream reach it also. 

While these don't seem like many, broken down can be a tremendous amount of triggers that can cause an attack. For example to name one:

Hormonal could include menstrual, pregnancy, and menopause

By reading our food triggers page will give an idea of how many foods and beverages that could be a potential migraine trigger to some migrainures. Once you add everything else that are well known causes or triggers in there and the thinking cap has to be used. Such things as:

  • Caffeine found in some foods and about all drinks and coffee. 
  • Alcohol found in beer and wines. 
  • Diary products such as aged cheese. 
  • MSG found in most processed foods, especially canned soups. 
  • All processed meats such as ham, hot dogs, bacon, and sausage. 
  • Breads, cookies, cakes, and donuts.

Our food page has more. It's thought that about a third of all migraine attacks come from foods.

Using supplements while taking migraine medication.

MigreLief for Migraines

On the market today are such products as MigreLief with combinations of herbs, vitamins, and magnesium that specificity targets migraines to give relief. They are:

  • Feverfew 
  • Butterbur 
  • Ginger 
  • Vitamins B-2 and B-3 
  • Magnesium
  • 5_htp raises serotonin levels to relive headaches.
  • Skullcap helps to ease tension headaches. Migrainures tend to also have these overlap with their migraines.
  • SAMe can help with the prevention of migraines but has to be taken for about six weeks to give the full benefit. 

Any of these can be found in Amazon. Herbs have been used many years before conventional medicines came about.

Thanks for reading.

By filling in a diary,  learning what migraines like and don't like, paying attention to what happened before the migraine (up to a day or so) taking supplements with the doctors OK, along with the migraine medication may end up giving one hundred percent relief.

There're supplements on the market today like MigreLief, and also another remarkable put together supplement called New Migraine Treatment that has each know herb, mineral, and vitamin formulated just for your migraines.

Also homeopathic remedies is another more natural route to be looked into for long termed migraine relief.

Our last page was about the same info on migraine headache medication. Home page from migraine medication. Our first page was about migraine meds also.

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For our Migrane sufferers that may want to seek additional help other than information, there's many products to choose from on Amazon to relieve that headache. You'll be surprised as to how many products are designed for headache relief, from medicine to pillows and so forth. 

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Even pillows for migraines help tremendously when the pain originates from the neck area. Herbs and Vitamins such as the ones mentioned above are helpful for some sufferers. Most are very inexpensive, and you may find something that will work for your type of headache. All can be found by searching Amazons many headache products. 

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