What Are the Symptoms and Treatment of Migraine Headache?

Q:
What are the symptoms and treatment of migraine headache?

A:
The most common signs and symptoms of migraine are:

  • Eye pain
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to sound
  • Severe, often “pounding,” pain, usually on one side of the head

The treatment for migraines depends upon on how frequently the headaches occur and how long the headaches last. Here are some most common treatments:

Migraine medications – The treatment of an acute migraine headache may vary from over-the-counter medicines (OTC), like acetaminophen (Tylenol and others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.), naproxen sodium (Aleve) to prescription medications.

Narcotics – Narcotic pain medications are not necessarily appropriate for the treatment of migraine headaches and are associated with the phenomenon of rebound headache, where the headache returns — sometimes more intensely — when the narcotics wear off.

Triptans – Triptans (sumatriptan, rizatriptan, eletriptan, zolmitriptan, naratriptan, almotriptan, and frovatriptan), may be extremely effective in treating migraines and may be prescribed to help the patient treat their migraine at home.

The specific medication which is selected for a patient is dependent on many other factors, including age, sex, blood pressure, and other pre-existing medical conditions.

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