Migraines | Prevention

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Can medicine help prevent migraines?

Yes. Medicine to prevent migraines may be helpful if your headaches happen more than 2 times a month or if your headaches make it hard for you to work and function. These medicines are taken every day, whether you have a headache or not. Examples of medicines used to prevent migraines include certain antidepressants, anti-seizure medicines, cardiovascular drugs, botox injections, and leaf and root extracts of the butterbur plant.

What else can I do to prevent migraines?

While there are no sure ways to keep from having migraine headaches, here are some things that may help:

  • Eat regularly and do not skip meals.
  • Keep a regular sleep schedule.
  • Exercise regularly. Aerobic exercise can help reduce tension as well as keep your weight in check. Obesity can contribute to migraines.
  • Keep a headache diary to help you learn what triggers your migraines and what treatments are most helpful.

Source

Headaches in Children and Adolescents by DW Lewis, M.D. (American Family Physician February 15, 2002, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20020215/625.html)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 01/96

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