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What other medications are used for treating migraine headaches?

What other medications are used for treating migraine headaches?

Many: If caught early enough Excedrin or alive or Ibuprofen may help. If these meds do not work then medications like Imitrex (sumatriptan) or other medications in the same class should help. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Migraine Headaches (Definition)

Migraine headaches are a common condition that often include a headache with throbbing, pulsing pain, blurriness of vision, nausea, and sensitivity to light. They ...Read more


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What pain medications are most effective for cluster headaches?

What pain medications are most effective for cluster headaches?

Nerve blocks : Nerve blocks, triptans are very useful for cluster headaches. Even intranasal Lidocaine can be used. Cluster headaches are hard to treat and you will need to be in care of a neurologist. ...Read more

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What kind of pain medications are most effective for migraines and cluster headaches?

What kind of pain medications are most effective for migraines and cluster headaches?

Triptans are good: But you need to see a neurologist to help you best. There are also headache clinics in some major cities where you can get specialized treatment. ...Read more

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What medicines are used for anxiety?

What medicines are used for anxiety?

Anxiety: Benzodiazapines, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, Buspar (buspirone) ; antihistamines (off -label) are frequently used to treat anxiety. Your psychiatrist/ medical provider can guide you to the best choice for you. ...Read more

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What new medications are used for treating asthma?

What new medications are used for treating asthma?

Variety: The bottom line is the same, as far as licensed medications. For prevention we have inhaled corticosteroids. In a variety of brands and devices. If you have an allergic component and meet certain criteria, you may qualify for an injection treatment (Xolair). ...Read more

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What medications are used for ocd?

What medications are used for ocd?

Non-Med Approach?: Exposure & Response Prevention= gold standard non-medication treatment 4 ocd. Read Janet Singer's story abt how ERP helped her 20-y-o son recover from OCD: http://beyondocd.org/stories/family/dans-story-age-17 Caution: ERP is hard as it involves not giving in when OCD orders u 2do something. Requires letting urself experience rising anxiety 4 a while. Get ppl u're close 2 involved in ur treatment ...Read more

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What medications are used for lupus?

What medications are used for lupus?

Numerous ones: The list is an extensive one. Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) forms the basis of any therapy of lupus. CellCept (mycophenolate mofetil) is commonly used to treat kidney disease. Other meds used include NSAIDs, prednisone, Imuran, Methotrexate and Benlysta. ...Read more

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Which are the best alternatives for topamax (topiramate)? Treating migraines

Which are the best alternatives for topamax (topiramate)? Treating migraines

See HA specialist: Once a diagnosis of migraine has been made, effective management of migraine involves three specific strategies: 1) patient education, 2) nonpharmacological management, and 3) pharmacological (medical) management. See an orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation and professional management. ...Read more

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What alternative therapies are used to treat migraine?

What alternative therapies are used to treat migraine?

Several modalities: This article deals w/ my favorite integrative modalities for migraines: http://bookonhealing.Com/conditions/migraines.Html. In true migraines the most effective modality is neurotransmitter precursor treatment. Nucca chiropractic and homeopathy are also great options. All these can be combined, but not started at same time for sake of clarity. The article explains them all. ...Read more

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What alternative therapies can be used for migraine?

What alternative therapies can be used for migraine?

Botox and Surgery: Long term relief of migraines can be achieved with botox. If you have a good response, you may be a candidate for surgery. Surgery has been shown to dramatically decrease the frequency and intensity of migraines. www.themigrainereliefcenter.com. ...Read more

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What medications are used for ptsd?

What medications are used for ptsd?

Another medicine: Another medicine is Minipress (prazosin) which can be used for ptsd nightmares. It works by crossing the blood brain barrier & blocking norepinephrine ( a chemical like adrenalin) acting in the brain. Prazosin was first used for ptsd in 1995. Trauma nightmares are true-life situations, extremely realistic, and they are accompanied by an adrenaline storm which does not happen with bad dreams. ...Read more

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What are some holistic treatments for migraine headaches?

What are some holistic treatments for migraine headaches?

Many options: The best way is to avoid triggers such as stress or certain foods so if you can find out what causes your migraines, start there. Thermal biofeedback is another option and it is closely related to meditation/guided imagery. Accupressure may help and some people have success with contrast showers (hot followed by cold). ...Read more

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What medications are used for treating corpaltunal?

What medications are used for treating corpaltunal?

Carpal tunnel: No medication is used to treat carpal tunnel. It's a mechanical problem. Wrist splints is the initial treatment option. You can try non-steroidal antiinflammatory medications such as naproxen/ibuprofen but the effect of those is minimal if that. Steroid injections can be tried but they are falling out of favor. Carpal tunnel release appears long term cure. ...Read more

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What are some commonly-used medications for treating constipation?

What are some commonly-used medications for treating constipation?

Softeners/laxatives: Stool softeners are i.e. Colace or pericolace. Laxatives are many: magnesium citrate, milk of magnesia, senekot, dulcolax, enulose ( lactulose), miralax, (polyethylene glycol) exlax. In severe constipation fleet enemas or micro enemas or a full enema are considered. If there is an impaction or blockage at the rectum ( removal of stool) with a finger is indicated by a health care professional. Avoid mg or phos if ckd. ...Read more

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What are some effective treatments for migraines and visual disturbances?

What are some effective treatments for migraines and visual disturbances?

VARIES: The visual aura precedes the headache phase, and triptans could stop the event depending on an injection of Imitrex or usage of a nasal spray or pill from 10-45 minutes. Many choices include maxalt, zomig, frova, amerge, treximet, relpax (eletriptan). Maybe prevent headaches with topirimate, or depakote, or even otc like butterbur, feverfew, riboflavin, magnesium, co-q-10. ...Read more

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What kind of alternative medicines and treatments are used for musculoskeletal problems?

What kind of alternative medicines and treatments are used  for musculoskeletal problems?

Many approaches: There are many alternative approaches including bodywork (chiropractic/osteopathic/massage), acupuncture, frequency specific microcurrent, prolotherapy/prolozone, vitamins/minerals/amino acids & other supplements, herbal medicines, homeopathy, biofeedback, yoga, chi gong & relaxation techniques. Whatever modality, it is best to find the underlying cause & contributing factors & address those issues. ...Read more

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What migraine medicines are most effective?

What migraine medicines are most effective?

Depends on patient: Some meds abort migraine if taken early (ex.ergotamine, Imitrex),others are preventive (ex. Inderal).Some are for pain relief (ex. opiates).In my experience, though, many headaches (HA) are misdiagnosed as 'migraines' just because the pain is severe.Cause for these incl. occipital neuralgia, cervicogenic HA, occipital ligament inj, etc.A good history & phys. incl osteopathic hands-on exam may help ...Read more

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What medications are used for rosacea besides antibiotics?

What medications are used for rosacea besides antibiotics?

Creams: Topical medications such as metrogel, clenia, avar, finacea. In addition oradea although derived form an antibiotic. Is technically not an antibiotic but a subantimocrobial dose. It was first used in periodontal ideas and acts as an anti-inflammatory to suppress pustules in rosacea. ...Read more

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What other medications are used for treating migraine headaches?

Many: If caught early enough Excedrin or alive or Ibuprofen may help. If these meds do not work then medications like Imitrex (sumatriptan) or other medications in the same class should help. ...Read more

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Can certain drugs trigger migraine headaches? Is it possible for some drugs or medications to be the cause of migraine headaches? .

Can certain drugs trigger migraine headaches? Is it possible for some drugs or medications to be the cause of migraine headaches?

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Yes, potentially: If one looks in pdr, one would think that all drugs could cause headaches, but some are more often the culprits. Watch out for female hormonal agents, medicines used for blood pressure control, items to control thyroid fnctn, some ms and anti-epileptic drugs, just to name a few. ...Read more

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What is the best medication to treat my migraine pain? Is there any one medication that works better than others for migraine headaches? .

What is the best medication to treat my migraine pain? Is there any one medication that works better than others for migraine headaches?

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Everyone different: To stop headaches, most doctors would recommend triptans (such as frova, relpax, (eletriptan) maxalt, zomig, etc.), but ergotamines are also of value. Maybe best to prevent and could use botox, depakote, topirimate, beta-blockers, but also might consider otc items such as butterbur, riboflavin, coq-10, feverfew, magnesium. ...Read more

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Why have there not been many substantial breakthroughs in treating migraine headaches ? There seem to be very few specific drugs for prophylaxis.

Why have there not been many substantial breakthroughs in treating migraine headaches ? There seem to be very few specific drugs for prophylaxis.

Well: In fact Botox was approved 2 years ago for those suffering 15 or more migraines per month. Many migraine sufferers can also benefit from having a more rigid living habit like eating regular meals , waking up and going to bed at the same time slot, stress reduction. Getting your allergic rhinitis under control may also improve the migraine. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter medication for migraine headaches. Excedrine migrain is really just regular excedrine. Same ingredients. Doesnt wor?

What is the best over-the-counter medication for migraine headaches. Excedrine migrain is really just regular excedrine. Same ingredients. Doesnt wor?

Best OTC 4 migraine: Excedrin migraine has ibuprofen and caffeine. If you use these within the first 30 minutes of your aura or migraine symptoms, there is a good chance you will have relief. Other medicines, such as acetaminophen, alleve, etc., may also be helpful. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor do I need for migraine headaches? Any ideas about what medications i need?

What kind of doctor do I need for migraine headaches? Any ideas about what medications i need?

Depends: It depends on why you are having migraines. If they are caused by clenching/grinding your teeth, you need a dentist and no meds. If it is due to nerve issues, you need a neurologist and meds. Stress/psychological issues, a psychiatrist and other meds. There are many possibilities. You may need multiple doctors if there are multiple causes. Best bet is to see your physician for guidance. ...Read more

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I'm having migraine headaches and feel nauseous. It comes and goes, so what could this be?

I'm having migraine headaches and feel nauseous. It comes and goes, so what could this be?

Nausea: .. is typically associated with migraine headaches. Seek care if it is severe enough to inhibit your ability to hydrate adequately. Discuss your symptoms with a doctor who will discuss migraine avoidance strategies as well as strategies to curb symptoms when they occur. Good luck! ...Read more

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Who gets migraine headaches?

Who gets migraine headaches?

Anyone: Anyone can develop migraine headaches, but they are most common in people who have a family history of migraine. ...Read more

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What causes migraine headaches?

What causes migraine headaches?

Ocular migraines!: Ocular migraines are a form of migraines that take place in the occipital cortex (part of the brain that interprets/controls vision). They lack the severe headache as common migraines. The symptoms are usually all or mostly visual and are typically described as flashing of light or ziz-zag lights in the vision. They usually last less than 30 minutes and affect the vision out of both eyes. ...Read more

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What causes migraine headaches?

What causes migraine headaches?

Numerous causes: There are several causes for migraine headaches. See PCP. IF HE CANNOT find the cause then we look at environmental hormonal and nutritional deficiencies. Visit us at www.ehacstl.com to learn how we treat the underlying causes ...Read more

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How are migraine headaches treated?

Various ways: Some respond just to rest in a quiet place, other also with addition of ice to the head in various spots, some with pressure applied to the temples, gently to closed eyes, or to several spots in this back of the neck or head. Some to gentle pulling of the hair. Others need medication. Taking 3 excedrine when you know you are getting the migraine might abort it. Others need tryptans. ...Read more

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Can children get migraine headaches?

Can children get migraine headaches?

Yes: Prevalence of migraine is 2.5% under the age of 7, 5% from age 7 to puberty, and 10% in postpubertal girls. Migraine without aura is twice more common than the one with aura in school-age children. ...Read more

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What can one do for migraine headaches ?

What can one do for migraine headaches ?

See dr. : Most headaches not serious. However, first your doctor will determine what type of headache you have. Headaches have many causes i suggest you see your physician and discuss a plan to determine the cause. Your doctor might order imaging of brain and optic nerve exam to rule out serious conditions. ...Read more

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What can be done for migraine headaches?

What can be done for migraine headaches?

Proper diagnosis: A consultation with a board-certified neurologist and a proper diagnosis of migraines is the key to finding the best treatment for you. Medication helps for some patients, while others require nerve decompression surgery (done by plastic surgeons with training in this field) to cure them of migraines. ...Read more

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What can be done for migraine headaches?

What can be done for migraine headaches?

Proper diagnosis: Having a migraine correctly diagnosed by a neurologist is the key to successful treatment. Medications are the first line treatment, and there are many for your neurologist to choose from. Botox shots is specific trigger points is helpful in some migraineurs, and if this is effective, surgical nerve decompression may offer a permanent solution to the headaches. See a neurologist first, though. ...Read more

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What are the tests for migraine headaches?

Primarily History: Migraine can generally be diagnosed from history. Some historical factors may signal the need for more extensive testing such as ct, MRI or eeg. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Migraine (Definition)

A type of headache that is associated with throbbing localized pain and usually causes light ...Read more