Migraine with Aura
Alternate Names : Classical Migraine, Classic Migraine
What can be done to prevent the disease?
An individual can lower the risk for migraine with aura by identifying and avoiding triggers. People who are sensitive to tyramine, for example, should not drink red wine. Medicines used to prevent migraines include the following:
anticonvulsants, such as gabapentin and carbamazepine
beta-blockers, such as atenolol and propanolol
calcium channel blockers, such as diltiazem and verapamil
methysergide maleate and methylergonovine maleate
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen and naproxen sodium
other antidepressants, such as trazodone and venlafaxine HCl
selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), including paroxetine HCl and fluoxetine HCl
tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline and nortriptyline
What are the long-term effects of the disease?
If the migraines are infrequent and mild, there are few long-term effects. If they are frequent and severe, they can greatly impair a person's ability to function or work. Rarely, a migraine can cause a stroke.
What are the risks to others?
Migraines with aura are not contagious and pose no risk to others.