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I have a migraine. What do I do?

There are many effective medicines for the treatment of migraines, depending on their severity and progression. These medicines may be used to relieve the pain and symptoms that often accompany a migraine.

Migraines can be treated with two types of drugs: abortive and preventive.

Abortive drugs are used to stop a migraine as soon as it starts. Abortive medications can be self-injected, swallowed, patched on the skin, or nasal sprayed. These forms of medication are especially useful for people who have nausea or vomiting related to their migraine, and they work quickly.

Abortive treatments specifically target serotonin. They are all similar in action and build. However, the ingredients are used only to treat headaches and not to relieve pain from back problems, arthritis, menstruation, or other conditions.

Some of these drugs include:

  • Almotriptan (Axert)

  • Eletriptan (Relpax)

  • Frovatriptan (Frova)

  • Naratriptan (Amerge)

  • Rizatriptan (Maxalt)

  • Sumatriptan, Alsuma, Imitrex, Onzetra, Sumavel,Zembrace)

  • Zolmitriptan (Zomig)

  • Midrin

  • Migranal Nasal Spray

  • Advil or any other medicine containing ibuprofen

  • Excedrin Migraine or others, containing aspirin, acetaminophen, caffeine

Preventive drugs are recommended if migraines occur frequently, typically more than one migraine per week, or if migraine symptoms are severe.

The goal is to lessen the frequency and severity of the migraine attacks. Medication to prevent a migraine can be taken daily. Preventive treatment medications include the following:

  • Medications used to treat high blood pressure such as propranolol, timolol and verapamil

  • Antidepressants such as aventyl and pamelor

  • Antiseizure medications such as neurotic, topamax and depakote

  • CGRP inhibitors used to block the calcitonin gene-related peptide such as Aimovig

  • Botox

Gaia is well equipped to provide you with any medication you require. We are always here to help.

Please note that some medications require a Doctor's prescription.

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