Unbearable pain, blinding light, and sensitivity to loud sounds; If you are one of the many people who experience those symptoms for 8+ days at a time, you might have chronic migraines. So what do you do? Talk to your doctor about possibly prescribing you a chronic migraine pertaining to what type of a migraine you have. After determining what type of migraines you have, you and your doctor can decide between what sort of treatment you should have.
Assessing your symptoms and options
If you are unsure of your options, don’t be overwhelmed. There are many quality prescriptions on the market today that can knock out and even prevent different migraines. In this article, we will explore the most common medicines prescribed by doctors, and how effective they are at relieving migraines.
Putting migraines to rest
Two groups of medicines can treat migraines: Ones made to treat the pain of a migraine and ones that prevent migraines from even happening. For the first category, two highly esteemed medications are available: Fioricet and Imitrex.
Acute relief from mind-numbing pain: A look at imitrex
Imitrex is a medication that belongs to a class of drugs that reduce serotonin levels and other triggering chemicals within the body. It comes in injections, pills, and nasal sprays, and is effective at giving significant relief rapidly. Imitrex is part of a class of highly-effective drugs called Triptans, which reduce the chemical serotonin, which causes migraines by restricting blood vessels. Imitrex has been shown to help many people with migraines and continues to be a big contender among rapid migraine relief.
Fioricet: The best medication on the market for tension migraines
Next, we will look at an especially reliable drug called Fioricet, which is the brand name of the drug called Butalbital. Fioricet is effective in people with tension migraines caused by stress, and anxiety. Fioricet works by reducing anxiety and promoting sleep in patients who suffer from tension migraines.
Botox: One of two FDA approved preventative measures
Now, we will look at two popular FDA-approved drugs that actually prevent the onset of migraines in those with Chronic Migraines. The first drug we will look at is Botox. Yes, Botox, which is widely known among celebrities and the plastic surgery community for its ability to lessen wrinkles, can prevent migraines. Botox is the first FDA preventive treatment released. Unfortunately, sometimes the side-effects of this drug can be far worse than even the migraine it is trying to prevent, which obviously makes it not worth the trouble.
Asprin just got blown out of the water
The final drug I want to talk about is a well-known, doctor-prescribed NSAID or Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug. It is called Voltaren. Voltaren works to prevent migraines and is FDA-approved for those with migraine attacks. While it is a great medicine, it is not the best option we have on the market these days.
The final word
In conclusion, many different drugs are out there on the market today. Depending on what kind of migraines you have and whether you need acute treatment and/or preventive treatments must be assessed by your doctor and then talked about mutually, deciding together on which route to pursue.