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Why are anticonvulsants used to treat migraine?

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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
3 doctors agree

In brief: Of course

The anticonvulsant medications such as carbamazepine and phenytoin have been used for many years for migraine prophylaxis.
They have been recommended for those migraines associated with paroxysmal EEG patterns and for cluster headaches. Just a few more examples: Depakote, Gabapentin and Topamax (topiramate).

In brief: Of course

The anticonvulsant medications such as carbamazepine and phenytoin have been used for many years for migraine prophylaxis.
They have been recommended for those migraines associated with paroxysmal EEG patterns and for cluster headaches. Just a few more examples: Depakote, Gabapentin and Topamax (topiramate).
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Michael Stern
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: They relax muscles

Muscles can be relaxed by these meds, and muscle contraction pain is part of the migraine pain component.

In brief: They relax muscles

Muscles can be relaxed by these meds, and muscle contraction pain is part of the migraine pain component.
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Dr. Sharon Acevedo
Family Medicine
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In brief: Anticonvulsants help

To regulate the chemicals in the brain that are thought to cause migraines.
These chemicals includes: peptides, low magnesium, nitric oxide, serotonin and estrogens. The stress release certain protein fragments called peptides, these dilate blood vessels and produce an inflammatory response that triggers over excitation of the nerve cells in the trigeminal pathway ( migraine ).

In brief: Anticonvulsants help

To regulate the chemicals in the brain that are thought to cause migraines.
These chemicals includes: peptides, low magnesium, nitric oxide, serotonin and estrogens. The stress release certain protein fragments called peptides, these dilate blood vessels and produce an inflammatory response that triggers over excitation of the nerve cells in the trigeminal pathway ( migraine ).
Dr. Sharon Acevedo
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Dr. Georgia Latham
Family Medicine

In brief: Neurology

The cause of migraines is not known.
Migraines have many similarities to seizures. For example, both can be preceded by an aura. An aura is a warning sign of a migraine in migraine sufferer or a seizure in a person with epilepsy. Migraines and seizures also share common triggers, such as flashing lights. For more informaition see: http://understandingmigraine.blogspot.com/

In brief: Neurology

The cause of migraines is not known.
Migraines have many similarities to seizures. For example, both can be preceded by an aura. An aura is a warning sign of a migraine in migraine sufferer or a seizure in a person with epilepsy. Migraines and seizures also share common triggers, such as flashing lights. For more informaition see: http://understandingmigraine.blogspot.com/
Dr. Georgia Latham
Dr. Georgia Latham
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