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Migraine and Cluster Headache Medications (cont.)

Migraine Headache Preventive Therapy

Patient Comments

This type of treatment is considered for persons whose migraine headaches are frequent and/or severe enough to significantly alter their lifestyle. Physicians decide whether to start a migraine preventive medication on a case-by-case basis in consultation with their patients. Preventive medications are given on a regular schedule in order to decrease the severity and/or frequency of attacks. Preventive medications must be taken on a daily basis, even if the migraineur is not experiencing headaches every day. These drugs may take up to 3 months to significantly alter the frequency and severity of migraine headaches. In other words, a specific preventive medication cannot be considered a "failure" until it has been taken as prescribed for at least 3 months to little or no effect. The following medications are some of those used in migraine headache preventive therapies:

Cluster Headache Preventive Therapy

Patient Comments

Prednisone (Deltasone), lithium (Eskalith), and verapamil (Covera-HS) are typically used to prevent cluster headaches.

Web Links

American Academy of Neurology

American Council for Headache Education

Migraine-Headache Resource Center

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Neurology Channel

Worldwide Cluster Headache Support Group

Medically reviewed by Jon Glass, MD; American board of Psychiatry and Neurology


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/14/2014
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