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      Category : Health Centers > Headache


Alternate Names : Migraine Without Aura, Vascular Headaches

Migraine | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Treatment for acute migraine attacks includes:

  • butalbital/APAP/caffeine
  • dihydroergotamine
  • isometheptene/dichloralphenazone/APAP
  • nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs called NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen and naproxen
  • other analgesics, such as hydrocodone/APAP
  • triptans, such as sumatriptan or zolmitriptan
  • Nonmedicine treatments include:

  • acupuncture
  • aromatherapy
  • avoiding migraine triggers
  • biofeedback
  • chiropractic
  • electromagnetic therapy
  • exercising regularly
  • herbal remedies
  • hypnosis
  • massage therapy
  • physical therapy
  • stress management
  • Other than avoiding one's triggers, the non-medicine treatments listed above may or may not be effective. A person should always talk with the doctor first before trying any of these treatments for migraine headache.

    What are the side effects of the treatments?

    Side effects of medicines used to treat migraines include stomach upset, drowsiness, and allergic reactions. Nonmedicine treatments generally have few or no side effects.

    What happens after treatment for the condition?

    After an effective treatment for migraine is in place, the person will usually feel like resuming normal activities. Rarely, complicated migraines can cause a stroke.

    How is the condition monitored?

    A person with migraines may be asked to keep a headache diary. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the doctor.

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    Author: Michael Curiel, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/05/01

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