Those suffering from migraines already know how excruciating the pain can be at times. For some people, certain types of drugs may help prevent episodes from coming on.
One of the more common drugs used to help prevent migraines are beta-blockers. These drugs help to relax blood vessels which can be helpful in stopping a migraine in its tracks.
The calcium channel blockers can be used to help decrease the amount of constriction that takes place with the blood vessels. Narrowing of blood vessels often brings on headaches.
Some types of antidepressants have been seen as being effective in helping stave off migraines. Amitriptyline and nortriptyline are two such drugs.
Botox, also known as botulinum toxin, has helped some people. The drug is injected into the face and parts of the scalp. It does not work with everyone, however.
Who Should Use Migraine Prevention Medications:
If you fall into one of these categories, your doctor and you may wish to consider adding pain management and preventive drugs to your regime:
• Those whose headaches are disabling or headaches that interfere with life or work
• Those who have 3 or more headaches (moderate to severe) per month
• Those whose migraines affect their quality of life
• Those who take other pain management drugs often with no relief
• Those who suffer from adverse side-effects to their current pain management medications
• Those who wish to try preventive measures as a part of their pain management program
• Those who are able to take medication on a daily basis
• Those who have unusual symptoms such as auras
Preventive Drugs for Migraine Should NOT Be Used:
• By those whose symptoms are controlled and not disabling
• By those who do not have 3 or more moderate to severe headaches per month
• By those who are having success with other drugs
• By those who are not having adverse side-effects with their current medications
• By those who have medical conditions that would preclude them from taking preventive drugs
• By those who cannot adjust to the side-effects of preventive drugs
• By those who would prefer non-drug therapies as part of their pain management program
As is true for any type of pain management program whether it is for migraines or some other health issue, consult with your doctor first. He or she will be able to share the latest medical news with you that will pertain to your condition. It is never advisable to start a medical program on your own as some signs and symptoms may be indicative of serious health conditions that require professional medical assistance.
In addition to the above preventive drugs for migraines, there are also many non-drug pain management therapies available. These include such things as relaxation exercises, biofeedback, and certain devices that can help to lessen the pain or, at least, help you to cope with it when it hits. Again, your doctor is your best source of information when it comes to finding those medical actions and medications that can work with you and your personal health issue.