Silver Spring, MD
A 27-year-old male asked:
What is the best otc medication to prevent and treat migraine headache?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Pain Management 37 years experience
NSAIDs: The use of NSAIDs to prevent migraine is usually recommended during those time periods in which a migraine is most likely to be triggered. To lessen the need for acute pharamcologic therapy, prophylactic drug therapy and nonpharmacologic therapies are used. Some patients who experience frequent severe headaches may require both abortive and prophylactic therapy. Hope it makes sense?
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Neurology 34 years experience
NSAID's to treat: For ACUTE treatment best OTC's in my opinion with evidence based studies would be NSAIDS (ibuprofen/Motrin or Excedrin). However, I caution you that treating severe migraines with NSAID's using OTC takes knowledge and skill in order to avoid the common pitfall of overtreating. For PREVENTION- feverfew & butterbur but CAUTION! Butterbur- Severe liver damage if not properly purified and labeled.
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Last updated May 15, 2014
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