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A 21-year-old female asked:

Why are migraines more severe and harder to treat during my menstrual cycle. triptans alone barely put a dent in it, but usually triptans helps?

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Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Hormones the answer: Changes in hormones are known to influence migraines, and it is common that migraines are worse during the menstrual cycle. Other treatments may help at that time, such as ibuprofen and triptan together, toradol, or midrin for example.

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Last updated Oct 23, 2017

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