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.
Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff