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Migraine and Cluster Headache Medications (cont.)

Migraine Headache Abortive Therapy

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Abortive therapy for migraine headaches has improved over the last decade, and newer medications (for example, triptans) are very effective and act rapidly to treat the cause of migraines. Antinausea medications (for example, prochlorperazine [Compazine] or promethazine [Phenergan]) may be used for individuals who experience nausea or vomiting. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Advil or Motrin are available without a prescription. Other nonprescription choices include combinations of aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), and caffeine (for example, Excedrin Migraine). Potent analgesic agents that combine acetaminophen or aspirin with barbiturates (butalbital), caffeine, and narcotic analgesics like codeine (for example, Fioricet, Fiorinal, Tylenol #3) may also be needed.

Cluster Headache Abortive Therapy

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One of the most common treatments for cluster headaches is to breathe 100% oxygen for 10-15 minutes. Other abortive therapy options are similar to those used for migraine headaches.

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