New List of Migraine Relief Medications

New guidelines could provide relief for migraine sufferers. The American Academy of Neurology has released a new list of which medications and treatments can help prevent the debilitating headaches.

For example, Topiramate or Topamax have been found to provide relief. Also, the guidelines say other seizure medications like Divalproex sodium or Depakote can be used to prevent migraines as can certain beta-blockers. Even herbal products like butterbur and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine including ibuprofen and Naproxen were found to provide relief.

"What we find when patients do go on these medications, it decreases the frequency and often the severity as well by about 50 percent. What we think the medications do is that they dampen down the brain's ability to generate the headache," said Dr. Larry Newman, migraine specialist.

An estimated 36 million Americans suffer from migraines. Preventive measures would help about 40 percent who have them frequently but very few currently use them.


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