Migraines are disabling and can put the sufferer to bed for up to three days. Medications can help, especially if you take them in the very early stages. Sometimes a couple of cups of strong coffee and an aspirin can prevent a migraine from becoming full blown. Other medications can shorten the length of the headache, and others can prevent them altogether in some people.
Millions of people suffer from migraines. My mother suffered from them and so do two of my sisters, my son, a grandson and two daughters in law. Migraines can be horrendous. Many more women have migraines than men, and researchers don’t know why this is. When the headache first hits some of these remedies might help.
Two strong cups of coffee with an aspirin, Excedrin, Aleve, or Tylenol. Sometimes if you catch a migraine at the beginning and take these medicines, you can go to bed and sleep it off. If your pain is already severe, according to recent studies sumatriptan that you can self inject provides relief. It helps about 85 percent of patients.
Medical Web M.D. suggests that if your migraines last two or three days, your doctor might advice you to use DHE (dihydroergotamine) which is a nasal spray. A pill version might be best if your migraine lasts no more than a day. Work with your doctor to match your headache with the right medication. If you deal with three or more headaches a month, consider taking something daily to stop them before they start.
Dr Patrick Baxter of The headache Care Center of Michigan advises: Low dose tricyclic anti depressants, blood pressure medication, such as the beta blocker propanolol or the calcium channel blocker verapamil, and antieileptic medications, such as valproic acid or topiramate help some people.
An oral medication used to treat multiple sclerosis may also help. When sufferers took tizanidine three times a day, they had 50 percent fewer migraines and those that occurred were less severe. Another drug, sumatriptan combined with over the counter Alevel provided faster relief than using either medication alone. A blend of these two pills are called Trexima.
Botox shows promise in preventing migraines. Fifty percent of patients who were given three treatments halved the number of headaches they experienced in 11 months, according to a Mayo Clinic study conducted in Scottsdale Arizona. It isn’t known for sure why, but Botox injected into facial muscles may block activation of sensory nerves that relay pain messages to the brain.
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