Treatments for Migraines

Below is a listing of treatments and therapies for migraines. Click on one to read more information or connect with others currently using it.

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  • Advil (Ibuprofen)

    Overview
    Advil is an over-the-counter medication used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. Advil may be referred to by its drug name, Ibuprofen. Ibuprofen is also sold under the brand name Motrin.

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  • Aleve (Naproxen sodium)

    Overview
    Aleve is an over-the-counter medication used to treat mild to moderate osteoarthritis pain. Aleve is also referred to by its drug name, Naproxen. Naproxen is also sold under the brand name Naprosyn. N... read more

  • Amerge (Naratriptan)

    Overview
    Amerge is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat acute migraine headaches with or without aura in adults. Amerge is also known by its drug name, Naratriptan.
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  • Axert (Almotriptan)

    Overview
    Axert is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat acute migraine headaches with or without aura in people 12 and older. Axert is also known by its drug name, Alm... read more

  • Bayer (Aspirin)

    Overview
    Bayer is an over-the-counter medication used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. Bayer is also referred to by its drug name, Aspirin.

    Bayer is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It... read more

  • Botox (OnabotulinumtoxinA)

    Overview
    Botox is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent chronic migraine in adults. Botox may be prescribed in cases where headaches that last at least four hours a ... read more

  • Cafergot (Ergotamine/Caffeine)

    Overview
    Cafergot is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat and prevent migraines. Cafergot is a combination drug composed of Ergotamine and Caffeine.

    Ergotamine is... read more

  • Calan (Verapamil)

    Overview
    Calan is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat hypertension, angina, and arrhythmias. Calan may be prescribed off-label to prevent migraines. Calan is also kn... read more

  • Clinical trials

    Overview
    Depending on several factors, you may be eligible to participate in clinical trials studying new treatment or prevention protocols for migraines. Eligibility may be based on specifics of your conditio... read more

  • Codeine

    Overview
    Codeine is available over-the-counter or by prescription, depending on the state in which you live and the strength of the formulation. Codeine is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as... read more

  • Cognitive behaviorial therapy

    Overview
    Stress and anxiety are common migraine triggers. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy focused on helping people identify and cope with these and other negative emotions.

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  • Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)

    Overview
    Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments are popular with many people who get migraines. CAM treatments for migraines may include acupuncture, acupressure, herbal or nutritional supplem... read more

  • Compro (Prochlorperazine)

    Overview
    Compro is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat severe nausea and vomiting in adults. Compro is also known by its drug name, Prochlorperazine.

    Compro is a... read more

  • Covera-HS (Verapamil)

    Overview
    Covera-HS is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat hypertension and angina. Covera-HS may be prescribed off-label to prevent migraines. Covera-HS is also know... read more

  • Depacon (Valproate sodium)

    Overview
    Depacon is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat several types of seizures. Depacon may also be prescribed to prevent or treat prolonged, refractory migraines. Since Depacon is n... read more

  • Dexamethasone

    Overview
    Dexamethasone is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat inflammation. Dexamethasone is sometimes prescribed to treat migraines. Since the FDA has not approved ... read more

  • Effexor (Venlafaxine)

    Overview
    Effexor is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder. Effexor... read more

  • Elavil (Amitriptyline)

    Overview
    Elavil is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression. Elavil is also known by its drug name, Amitriptyline. Elavil has shown effectiveness at helping pr... read more

  • Excedrin Migraine (Aspirin/Acetaminophen/Caffeine)

    Overview
    Excedrin Migraine is an over-the-counter medication used to treat migraine headaches. Excedrin Migraine is a combination drug composed of acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine.

    Acetaminophen is an a... read more

  • Excedrin Tension Headache (Acetaminophen/Caffeine)

    Overview
    Excedrin Tension Headache is an over-the-counter medication used to treat tension headaches. Excedrin Tension Headache is a combination drug composed of acetaminophen and caffeine.

    Acetaminophen is... read more

  • Exercise

    Overview
    Exercise can help everyone stay healthy and feel their best. Exercise can reduce stress, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, improve sleep, promote a healthy weight, and help prevent the development... read more

  • Frova (Frovatriptan)

    Overview
    Frova is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat acute migraine headaches with or without aura in adults. Frova is also known by its drug name, Frovatriptan.
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  • Ibuprofen

    Overview
    Ibuprofen is an over-the-counter medication used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. Ibuprofen is sold under the brand names Advil and Motrin.

    Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory dru... read more

  • Imitrex (Sumatriptan)

    Overview
    Imitrex is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat acute cluster headaches and migraine headaches with or without aura in adults. Imitrex is also known by its d... read more

  • Inderal (Propranolol)

    Overview
    Inderal is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent migraines. Inderal is also known by its drug name, Propranolol.

    Inderal is a beta blocker. Beta blocker... read more

  • InnoPran XL (Propranolol)

    Overview
    InnoPran XL is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat hypertension. InnoPran XL may be prescribed off-label to prevent migraines. InnoPran XL is also known by ... read more

  • Ketamine

    Overview
    Ketamine is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be used an an anesthetic. Ketamine is sometimes used to treat or prevent chronic migraines. Since the FDA has not ... read more

  • Lifestyle changes

    Overview
    Tracking diet, sleep, activity, and headaches in a journal can allow you to identify your migraine triggers. Making changes to your lifestyle may help you avoid these migraine triggers and reduce the ... read more

  • Lopressor (Metoprolol)

    Overview
    Lopressor is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat hypertension, angina, and heart attack. Lopressor may be prescribed off-label to prevent migraines. Lopress... read more

  • Maxalt (Rizatriptan)

    Overview
    Maxalt is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat acute migraine headaches with or without aura in people age 6 and older. Maxalt is also known by its drug name... read more

  • Methergine (Methylergonovine)

    Overview
    Methergine is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to control uterine hemorrhage during and after childbirth. Methergine may be prescribed off-label to treat or preve... read more

  • Migergot (Caffeine/Ergotamine)

    Overview
    Migergot is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat and prevent migraines. Migergot is a combination drug composed of Ergotamine and Caffeine.

    Ergotamine is... read more

  • Migranal (Dihydroergotamine)

    Overview
    Migranal is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat acute migraines. Migranal is also referred to by its drug name, Dihydroergotamine.

    Migranal is an ergot ... read more

  • Motrin (Ibuprofen)

    Overview
    Motrin is an over-the-counter medication used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. Motrin is also referred to by its drug name, Ibuprofen. Ibuprofen is also sold under the brand name Advil.

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  • Neurontin (Gabapentin)

    Overview
    Neurontin is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat postherpetic neuralgia and some types of seizures. Neurontin may be prescribed off-label to treat migraines... read more

  • Norco (Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen)

    Overview
    Norco is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. Norco is a combination drug containing Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen. Hydro... read more

  • Norpramin (Desipramine)

    Overview
    Norpramin is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of depression. Norpramin is also known by its drug name, Desipramine. Some antidepressants a... read more

  • Nutrition

    Overview

    Like everyone else, people with migraines feel their best when they consistently eat a healthy, balanced diet. For those with migraines, what you eat and when you eat it can also play a significant ... read more

  • Oxycodone

    Overview
    Oxycodone is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat pain severe enough to require daily, 24-hour, long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatmen... read more

  • OxyContin (Oxycodone)

    Overview
    OxyContin is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat pain severe enough to require daily, 24-hour, long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatmen... read more

  • Pamelor (Nortriptyline)

    Overview
    Pamelor is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of depression. Pamelor is also known by its drug name, Nortriptyline. Some antidepressants are... read more

  • Paxil (Paroxetine)

    Overview
    Paxil is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Paxil is also known by its drug name, Paroxetine... read more

  • Percocet (Oxycodone/Acetaminophen)

    Overview
    Percocet is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. Percocet is a combination drug composed of Oxycodone and Acetaminophen. ... read more

  • Prednisone

    Overview
    Prednisone is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat inflammation. Prednisone is sometimes prescribed to treat migraines. Since the FDA has not approved Predni... read more

  • Prozac (Fluoxetine)

    Overview
    Prozac is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression. Prozac is also known by its drug name, Fluoxetine. Some antidepressants are prescribed off-label t... read more

  • Reglan (Metoclopramide)

    Overview
    Reglan is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat adults with gastroesophageal reflux and diabetic gastroparesis. Reglan may be prescribed off-label to treat na... read more

  • Relpax (Eletriptan)

    Overview
    Relpax is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat acute migraine headaches with or without aura in adults. Relpax is also known by its drug name, Eletriptan.
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  • Sinequan (Doxepin)

    Overview
    Sinequan is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat several types of depression. Sinequan is also referred to by its drug name, Doxepin. Some antidepressants ar... read more

  • Sphenopalatine ganglion block

    Overview
    The sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) is a cluster of nerve cells located behind the nose. The SPG is linked to the trigeminal nerve, which is involved in most headaches. Sphenopalatine ganglion block is ... read more

  • Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine)

    Overview
    Sudafed is a medication used to treat sinus pressure and congestion. Sudafed is available over the counter in most states, but only by prescription in certain states. Sudafed is also known by its drug... read more

  • Thorazine (Chlorpromazine)

    Overview
    Thorazine is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat nausea and vomiting. Thorazine is also known by its drug name, Chlorpromazine.

    Thorazine is an antiemit... read more

  • Tofranil (Imipramine)

    Overview
    Tofranil is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression. Tofranil is also known by its drug name, Imipramine. Some antidepressants are prescribed off-lab... read more

  • Topamax (Topiramate)

    Overview
    Topamax is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent migraines in people 12 and older. Topamax is also known by its drug name, Topiramate.

    Topamax is an ant... read more

  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)

    Overview
    A transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) device is a small, portable machine that generates adjustable levels of electricity to block nerve signals in those experiencing pain. For some peo... read more

  • Treximet (Sumatriptan/Naproxen)

    Overview
    Treximet is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat acute migraine headaches with or without aura in people 12 and older. Treximet is a combination drug compose... read more

  • Tylenol (Acetaminophen)

    Overview
    Tylenol is available over the counter as treatment for minor aches and pains. Tylenol may be referred to by the drug name Acetaminophen.

    Tylenol is an analgesic (pain reliever) and antipyretic (fe... read more

  • Verelan (Verapamil)

    Overview
    Verelan is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat hypertension. Verelan may be prescribed off-label to prevent migraines. Verelan is also known by its drug nam... read more

  • Vicodin (Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen)

    Overview
    Vicodin is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. Vicodin is a combination drug containing Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen. H... read more

  • Vivactil (Protriptyline)

    Overview
    Vivactil is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression in people who are under close medical supervision. Vivactil is also known by its drug name, Protr... read more

  • Zestril (Lisinopril)

    Overview
    Zestril is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat hypertension and heart failure. Zestril may be prescribed off-label to prevent migraines. Zestril is also kno... read more

  • Zolmig (Zolmitriptan)

    Overview
    Zomig is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat acute migraine headaches with or without aura in people 12 years and older. Zomig is also known by its drug nam... read more

  • Zoloft (Sertraline)

    Overview
    Zoloft is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat major depressive disorder in adults. Zoloft is also known by its drug name, Sertraline. Some antidepressants a... read more

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