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Headache sufferers usually discover the drug that works best for them to prevent or control migraine and other headaches. This usually means patients start - diagnosed and undiagnosed headache - to use regular pain medications every day to effectively treat and prevent attacks.
In the LF headache center, our doctors can help you to use the right medicine, so you won’t have to waste time or money trying other forms of drugs. This is especially the case with specially developed drugs to treat migraine - two such treatments are abortive and preventative medications. Migraine medications either work to stop symptoms or prevent them from occurring.
- Safe and non-invasive procedure to treat headache symptoms
- Preventive and abortive treatment
Good candidates are:
- Headache patients
Not good candidates are:
- Patients with history of medication failure
- Patients with intolerable side effects to previous treatments
- Patient with medication overuse headache
REGULAR PAIN MEDICATION - OTC
Drug companies are introducing new OTC products based on active ingredients different from acetaminophen, aspirin and ibuprofen. OTC medications are not a cure for migraine, and patients should always consult with their physicians before trying out new drugs.
The problem with drug treatment is that is some cases drugs can induce headache – medication over use headache, which is one the most sever chronic headaches.
The following OTC medications are often cited as being among the most effective for migraine treatment and relief:
Of the four active substances, analgesic activity has been proven for three: paracetamol, propifenazone, codeine, while caffeine can be considered as an auxiliary agent that supports the action of analgesics. Caffeine in combination allows an equal analgesic effect with 40% less dose.
Patient usually take 400 or 600 mg dosage. The active ingredient is the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory ibuprofen. Patients have a choice of taking tablets or liquid gel capsules.
This is another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory that is often effective for both pain relief and prevention of migraines. Depending on the treatment plan, a stronger version of Naproxen may be prescribed. Active ingredient is naproxen which is non steroid anti-inflammatory drug.
ABORTIVE DRUGS FOR MIGRAINE
Specially developed drugs to stop headaches, or abortive medications, work in several different ways: decrease neurogenic inflammation, block the release of neurotransmitters, and stop pain signals from going to the brain. These drugs can provide fast relief for symptoms that would otherwise become disabling.
Common abortive migraine drugs include:
Indomethacin is a commonly prescribed nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drug for treating migraine-related nausea. Your LF doctor will tell you about the right type of abortive medication for your specific migraine symptoms.
PREVENTATIVE DRUGS FOR MIGRAINE
Drugs that prevent migraine from occurring are called preventative medications, or prophylactics. This is a diverse group of drugs which include: beta-blockers, anti-serotonergic, antidepressant, anti-convulsant, calcium channel blocker, and angiotensin II blocker drugs.
Downside of these drugs is that it may take moths for them to start working and you may need to try several different medications before finding one or more that work for you. Popular preventative migraine medications on the market include:
Medications are highly effective and they may be the answer to your disabling attacks. Please follow your LF doctor’s orders when trying different preventative migraine drugs.
LF Headache Center works with patients who did not find relief from regular pain drugs.Our aim is to find alternative medication treatments that deliver long-lasting results.
However, there are risks and problems of taking both preventative and abortive medications, such as:
Disabling attacks despite therapy
Medications that make migraines worse – medication overuse headache
Patient prefers not to take drugs
Drugs side effects
Although many patients find success with abortive and preventative medications, others prefer or require other treatment methods. If medication doesn’t work for you, consider your alternatives, like migraine surgery or botulinum toxin injections.
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PETER JFM LOHUIS, MD PHD
BORIS FILIPOVIĆ, MD PHD
IVANA JURJEVIĆ, MD PHD
MARINA MILOŠEVIĆ, MD
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