As you may be aware, there are many different types of treatments from migraine. Each of the treatments that are available depend on the severity of your migraines. For example, those that have extreme migraines are debilitating for the sufferer and last more than 24 hours are likely to need more intensive medication prescribed by a doctor. However, those that have more infrequent migraines, or migraines that are not as severe, can get by on over-the-counter medication.
Those with less severe migraines often find that simple painkillers such as aspirin, acetaminophen ibuprofen can help to relieve the symptoms of them migraines. If you are finding that these are not working for you, try getting this soluble versions of these medications, that you can dissolve in water and drink, as they are likely to be fast acting.
If you find that your migraines are making you cautious and they are inducing vomiting, you can also get over-the-counter medication that targets sickness. These drugs that reduce nausea and vomiting unknown anti-emetics and may help to take the edge off the feeling sickness. An example of these drugs is domperidone.
As migraines can be pretty severe, you may be tempted to take more than the prescribed dose of these medications. However, never do this as it will make the situation worse. Always stick by the advice given on the label.
If your migraines are particularly painful and debilitating, the visit your doctor may result in the prescription of triptans. These drugs work against serotonin in the brain and can prevent the dilation of blood vessels causes migraines. These tend to be taken when you feel migraine coming on and the sooner that you take them when you realize that you are about to get a migraine, the more effective they will be.
Some people have to avoid triptans, however. This is because they can cause problems with people that have previously had a heart condition, high blood pressure and certain types of antidepressants. They are also not usually used in women that are pregnant or breastfeeding.
While many think of drugs as being treatments for their migraines, there are other options to consider. Migraines are commonly caused by stress and so taking action to reduce the stress in your life – through relaxation techniques - can also form part of a treatment.
Relaxation CDs and books, as well as meditation programs can prove useful in helping you to relax. Some people swear by the use of acupuncture to rid them of stress and anxiety but you need to find what is suitable for you. If you go down the route of alternative medicine and acupuncture, speak to a doctor or medical professional first in order to find out it is suitable for you and make sure any treatment that you receive is carried out by a licensed professional.
As migraines remain mostly a mystery to the medical community, the drawing board is pretty much empty in terms of treatments, when compared to other illnesses. It is very much a game of finding what is best for you and looking for relief in as many ways as you can.