Magazine article USA TODAY

Options to Prevent Pounding Pain

Magazine article USA TODAY

Options to Prevent Pounding Pain

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Migraines are more than a bad headache. As nearly 30,000,000 Americans can attest, the throbbing pain of a migraine can be debilitating, lasting from a few hours to several days. The condition can be aggravated by light, sounds, odors, exercise, and even routine physical activities. Nausea, with or without vomiting, may occur, point out neurological researchers at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

Doctors sometimes recommend preventive medications for patients who have two or more debilitating episodes a month. Typically, the medication is taken at regular intervals, often daily. Antidepressants, anti-seizure medications, and cardiovascular drugs may help prevent migraines as well. Infrequently, nonprescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium, may help. Injections of botulinum toxin type A (Botox) is an alternative for those who cannot take or do not respond well to preventive medications. However, this use of Botox for migraine prevention is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

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Pain relief drugs for migraines should be taken as soon as symptoms begin. …

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