Medicines Can Reduce Attacks Or Relieve The Pain Of Migraines
From Aetna's Women's Health Programs
There are things you can do to help cope with
migraines. Identify your type of headache
and work with your doctor to fi nd the right
treatment. These are important fi rst steps to
Unfortunately, some migraines cannot be
stopped. When you get a migraine, here
are some steps you can take to help ease
- Follow the steps you and your doctor
outlined in your individual migraine
- Keep your migraine pain relief medicine
with you at all times.
- Know the characteristics of your prodrome
- Recognize the start of a headache as soon
- Take medicine as directed by your doctor
at the first sign of pain.
- Use self-care, as instructed by your doctor;
seek out a cool, dark and quiet place.
Understanding Your Medicine
Your doctor may prescribe the following:
- Divalproex sodium
These medications will not help if taken
after a migraine starts. Always take your
medication exactly as your doctor instructs.
Medications To Take When the Pain First Starts
Your doctor may suggest the following:
- Non-prescription, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs): ibuprofen; naproxen sodium
- Triptans: rizatriptan (Maxalt); sumatriptan (Imitrex)
- Other medicines, such as aspirin
Always take medication exactly as
your doctor instructs.
Call your doctor if:
- Your headache is much worse
or much different than usual
- Your medicine doesn't seem to
be working as you expect it to
- You have unusual or severe side
effects from your medicine