Medication is the most common treatment for migraines, and a number of them are quite effective. They work in two general ways, abortive (pain relief after a headache begins) and preventative. Most migraine specialists work towards identifying a balanced combination of preventative and pain relief that will be beneficial for each individual.
Besides over-the-counter pain relievers, such as aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen and Excedrin®—which adds caffeine to aspirin and Tylenol®—there are over one hundred types of medications commonly prescribed and used for migraine headaches. Below are some of the medications usually prescribed.
While we usually see patients who have failed medical management, we usually require that migraine patients be seen by a neurologist or primary care physician who provided medical management prior to a consultation with our physicians.
You are always welcome to have a consultation to review the medications and treatment received by your physician. Below are examples of medication commonly used. This list is used for informational purposes and is not an indication of medications that should be prescribed.
Your Migraine Relief Center physician will work with you to find the medication that gives you the best possible results.