Taking Charge of Your Health

Dr. Lawrence C. Newman>>>There are many different
approaches that we used to treat people who suffer from migraine. In general, we divide
the therapies into acute medications and preventative medications. The acute medications are medications that
taken at the onset of the headache to shorten the attack of pain, and hopefully to get rid
of the associated symptoms, the nausea and vomiting for instance. We divide the acute medications into two broad
categories, symptomatic medications and specific medications. A symptomatic medication is not
just for migraine. It can be used for pain or for nausea and
vomiting for any reason. It can include over the counter medications like Aspirin or Tylenol
or medications combined like with caffeine like Excedrin for instance or certain prescription
medications. The prescription forms of antiinflammatory
medications as well. Specific agents on the other hand worked just for migraine and the
beauty of these agents is that they target not only the head pain, but the associated
features, the nausea, the vomiting, the lightness, the sound and the smell sensitivity. They work quickly. They do not cause sedation
in general, and they are not addicted. Agents like those include the Triptans, Sumatriptan
or Imitrex, Rizatriptan or Maxalt were various forms, those medications, Ergotamines and
Dihydroergotamine like Migranal nasal spray and several others. Again, these agents target the headaches specifically
not generally. For people who had very frequent attacks of migraine, frequent is defined as
more than one headache per month will often use preventative agents. Preventative agents fall in several different
categories. High blood pressure medications, antidepressant medications, and antiseizure
medications. These agents have been shown to decrease both the frequency and severity
of attacks of migraine letting patients go on to live a normal life.

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