Treating a MigraineThere are two general types of treatments when it comes to treating migraines: abortive and preventative. Abortive medications are designed to stop the migraine once it has started. These include:
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs). Ibuprofen (Motrin), diclofenac (diclofenac), etc.
- Narcotic pain relievers. Darvocet, Percocet, etc.
- Ergots. Ergotamine, dihydroergotamine, etc.
- 5-HT receptor agonists ("Triptans"). sumatriptan (Imitrex), zolmitriptan (Zomig), etc.
- Barbiturate combinations. Fioricet.
- Beta-blockers. Atenolol (Tenormin), long-acting metoprolol (Toprol XL), etc.
- Antidepressants. Amitriptyline, fluoxetine (Prozac), etc.
- Anticonvulsants. gabapentin (Neurontin), etc.
- Others. Lisinopril (Zestril), candesartan (Atacand), and verapamil (Calan) are among some of the choices.
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