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Tips for Choosing Migrain Medications

Things To Think About When Choosing a Migraine Medication
  • How fast it works
    • Nasal spray offers quick relief for migraines
  • How long it keeps working
  • Other conditions you may have
    • Nasal sprays and injections offer fast relief of headache, nausea and sensitivity to sound
  • Other medications you may be taking
Your Symptoms Can Affect the Medication You Choose

Medication Type



Oral (tablets)

Easy to take

Won't work if you are vomiting

Nasal spray

Good if you have nausea or are vomiting; easy to use

Fewer medications available


Works fast

Some people don't like needles

Excerpted and used with permission of the National Headache Foundation

Last updated August 26, 2007