Migraine Treatment & Prevention
Treating a migraine
While there is no cure for migraines, there are a number of ways that you can reduce their severity and frequency. The key to managing migraines is to focus on reducing your migraine triggers. By keeping a migraine journal, you can track trends and patterns in your life that can help you identify your personal triggers. Once you know your triggers, you can work towards reducing them. Start tracking your migraine triggers now with the help of the Advil Migraine Tracker.
Medications for migraines
While many over-the-counter medications are successful in treating headaches, the complexity of migraines and their accompanying symptoms demand a pain reliever that can provide fast and effective relief of both migraine pain and accompanying migraine symptoms.
There are two types of prescription medications used for treating migraines. Depending on the frequency and severity of your migraines, as well as your overall health, your physician may prescribe an abortive medication to control migraine pain or prophylactic medications to prevent the onset of a migraine. Which type is best for you depends on your individual needs and personal migraine situation.
Preventing a migraine
Preventing a migraine means understanding the lifestyle factors that act as your migraine triggers. If you have yet to determine your personal migraine triggers, keeping a migraine diary will help you to track your habits, activities and food choices and how they impact your migraines. Download the Advil Migraine Tracker now to get started.
Once you know your migraine triggers, make positive changes to reduce or eliminate them. For instance, if you’re getting frequent migraines and you know stress is to blame, start thinking about ways you can reduce your stress levels. Stress management techniques such as meditation and biofeedback can help.
Taking good care of yourself and focusing on reducing your migraine triggers can ease the frequency and severity of migraine pain. Wherever possible, consider minimizing stress, including light exercise in your routine and getting enough sleep.
Some alternative migraine therapies to consider include:
- Muscle relaxation exercises such as yoga, stretching and meditation can be helpful in reducing stress
- Massage therapy, chiropractic therapy and acupuncture have proven successful in reducing migraine pain and frequency in some people
- Rest. Stress is a major factor in the occurrence of migraines. Reduce your stress where possible.
- Herbs, vitamins and minerals have shown in some cases to prevent migraines or reduce their severity. Consider Feverfew, Butterbur, Riboflavin and Coenzyme Q10.
Be sure to always consult your physician before beginning any type of new therapy.
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