Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Vascular Headache Treatment

Treatment for a migraine headache includes medication, rest, cold compresses to eh scalp, and scalp massage. Medications for migraine headaches may reduce the pain during a migraine, help avoid an oncoming migraine, or reduce the frequency of migraine headaches. In many cases, the triptan medications are the most effective for treating migraine attacks. Medications that help prevent migraine headaches are used most often in those who have identified situations or substances that trigger their headaches. Depending on the type of migraine symptoms and signs, the doctor may customize the treatment.

Types of medication used to treat migraine headaches:

  • Analgesic medications for migraine:
  • Abortive medications for migraine:
    • Used to shorten or completely avoid a migraine headache attack
  • Medications for nausea:
  • Preventive medications for migraine:
    • Medications that lessen the frequency of migraine headaches

Treatment options for an acute migraine headache include:

Treatment options to prevent migraine headaches include:

Vascular Headache Drugs

Medications for migraine headache:

  • Analgesic medications for migraine:
  • Abortive medications for migraine:
    • Used to shorten or completely avoid a migraine headache attack
  • Medications for nausea:
  • Preventive medications for migraine:
    • Medications that lessen the frequency of migraine headaches

Vascular Headache Abortive

Abortive medications are used to shorten or completely avoid the onset of a migraine headache.

Abortive medications for migraine headache:

Vascular Headache Analgesics

Analgesic pain medications for migraine headache:

Vascular Headache Preventive

Vascular Headache Questions For Doctor

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?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Vascular Headache Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat migraine headache:

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Last Updated: May 10, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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