Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Basilar Migraine Treatment

Treatment for a basilar migraine headache includes medication, rest, scalp massage, and the application of cold compresses to the scalp. Medications may reduce the pain during a basilar migraine, help avoid an oncoming migraine, or reduce the frequency of migraine headaches.

Treatment options for an acute migraine headache include:

Treatment options to prevent migraine headaches include:

Basilar Migraine Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of a basilar migraine.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having migraine headaches?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

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Last Updated: Jun 2, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Basilar Migraine References
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