What are some migrane treatments besides topomax?Severe migrane headage and resistant to pain killers, like relert, etc.. taking topomax as a preventive treatment on a dosage of 50 mg per...

What are some migrane treatments besides topomax?

Severe migrane headage and resistant to pain killers, like relert, etc.. taking topomax as a preventive treatment on a dosage of 50 mg per day.

During lots of stress, headage persists for days..

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jenny444 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Try sumatriptans like Imitrex, unless you have heart probs, high blood pressure, and/or liver problems.  Imitrex is not for prevention, it is for treatment during an attack.  You can take one, and then another if needed...I have found them to be miraculous.  They actually block pain messages from the brain and are not habit forming.

You may also want to be looked at for TIA--transient ischemic attacks.  These are precursors to stroke and should not be taken lightly.  Make sure you have seen a doctor who can do the proper scans to make sure there are no other problems.

pmiranda2857 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

"Treatment for migraine headaches can relieve the pain and symptoms of a migraine attack -- and prevent further migraine attacks.

Migraines can be treated with 2 approaches: abortive and preventive."



bergcar | Student

lemon- grind lemon crust and apply as a paste on the forehead.

carrot juice- comnined with other vegetable juices is great for migraine treatment you can mix 200 ml of spinach juice with 300 ml of carrot juice or mix 100 ml each of beet and cucumber juices with 300 ml of carrot juice

butterbur- take butterbur for migraine butterbur root extract in doses of 50 mg a day for children and 75 mg for adults is very effective

put 2 teaspoons of honey and 2 teaspoons of vinegar in a glass drink it twice a day

coffee- one cup of black coffee to cure the migraine avoid the 2nd cup of coffee as it usually makes the migraine worse

cabbage- crush a few cabbage leaves place in cloth and apply on the forehead for extended period of time replace with fresh leaves when the compressed leaves dry out

grapes- grind fresh ripe grapes and drink without adding any water

apples- eating apple pices with salt for 3 weeks helps to get permanent relief from migraine


rio | Student

I just thought I would further elaborate for anyone who doesn't want to look it up themselves. If you have a migraine, then you might be looking for a quick answer ! 

Abortive: The goal of abortive therapy is to prevent a migraine attack or to stop it once it starts. The prescribed medications stop a headache during its prodrome stage or once it has begun and may be taken as needed. Some can be administered as a self-injection into the thigh; others, as a wafer that melts on the tongue. These forms of medication are especially useful for people who vomit during a migraine, and they work quickly.

Abortive treatment medications include the triptans, which specifically target serotonin. They are all very similar in their action and chemical structure. The triptans are used only to treat headache pain and do not relieve pain from back problems, arthritis, menstruation, or other conditions.

Preventive: This type of treatment is considered if a migraine has more than 1 migraine per week. The goal is to lessen the frequency and severity of the migraine attacks. Medication to prevent a migraine can be taken daily.

Avoiding bright light, napping in a dark room, placing a cold towel on the back of your neck, drinking tomato drink, taking b3, b6 or drinking orange juice are all things that you can do naturally to ease the symptoms of a migraine. 

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