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Drug treatment of migraine by Dr navin tiwari, asian neuro centre indore


We at Asian neuro centre indore are dedicated for providing complete relief from migraine headache.

Pain-relieving medications

Take pain-relieving drugs as soon as you experience signs or symptoms of a migraine for the best results. Medications include:

  • Pain relievers or Analgesic. Aspirin oribuprofen,acetaminophen or combination drugs may help relieve mild migraines.Avoid taking these drugas too often or for long periods of time, because these medications cause ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding and medication-overuse headaches.

  • Triptans. These medications are used in treating acute migraine episode. Triptans make blood vessels constrict and block pain pathways in the brain. They are available in pill, nasal spray and injection form.

    Triptan medications include sumatriptan (Imitrex), rizatriptan (Maxalt), almotriptan (Axert), naratriptan (Amerge), zolmitriptan (Zomig), frovatriptan (Frova) and eletriptan (Relpax).Side effects include nausea, dizziness, drowsiness and muscle weakness. They are contraindicated in strokes and heart attacks patients.

    A newer combination of sumatriptan and naproxen sodium (Treximet) has proved to be more effective in relieving migraine symptoms.

  • Ergots. Ergotamine are less effective than triptans. Ergots seem most effective in those whose pain lasts for more than 48 hours.Ergotamine may worsen nausea and vomiting.

    Dihydroergotamine is an ergot derivative that is more effective and has fewer side effects than ergotamine. It’s available as a nasal spray and in injection form.

  • Anti-nausea medications. Medication for nausea is usually combined with other analgesic. Frequently prescribed medications are chlorpromazine, metoclopramide (Reglan) or prochlorperazine (Compro).
  • Opioid medications. Opioid medications containing narcotics, particularly codeine, are sometimes used to treat migraine pain for people who can’t take triptans or ergots. Narcotics are habit-forming and are usually used only if no other treatments provide relief.
  • Glucocorticoids (prednisone, dexamethasone). A glucocorticoid may be used with other medications to improve pain relief.

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