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How Can I Get Rid of My Migraines?

By    |   Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 10:05 AM

Question: What's the best treatment for migraines? I get them only a couple times a year and don’t want to go on regular medication. Is there anything I can take when I feel one coming on to head it off? 
 
Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Migraine treatment is best when used to treat specific episodes, unless weekly headaches are occurring or the frequency and severity are such that daily preventive treatment is necessary.
 
We usually find that severe migraines are well treated with injectable Toradol (an injectable NSAID). Less severe cases respond to various prescription drugs known as triptans — oral, nasal, sublingual, or injectable meds. See your doctor to review what options are best for you, and you may be lucky enough to walk out with some samples to try.
 
It is important to tell your doctor if your migraines change or that worsen over time, and for initial guidance. Recent evidence has shown that 1,000 milligrams of aspirin is as effective as other therapies when given early in a migraine attack. NSAID medications are commonly used for pain control.
 
Menstrual migraines are best treated with hormonal manipulation. Common NSAIDs are Motrin, Naprosyn, and toreador  Some examples of triptans are Maxalt, Zomig, Imitrex, Amerg, Relax, Axert, and Frova.
 
Sometimes narcotic drugs are used, but rebound headaches are common with such drugs, and their use is discouraged most of the time because of this problem. They also pose abuse and addiction potential not seen with triptans and NSAIDs.

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