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Migraine Headache Treatments

When in need of fast relief from a headache or migraine, there are a number of readily available treatments that can be utilize.

Medications are the most common with over-the-counter options such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin being quite effective.

For persistent migraine headaches, prescription medication that is much stronger than over-the-counter options may be the next step. There are four common prescription medications that are used to treat migraine headaches:

Butalbital

  • Barbiturate which may be combined with a pain reliever and caffeine

Opioids/Narcotics

  • Oxycodone
  • Hydrocodone
  • Hydromorphone
  • Codeine

Butorphanol

  • An effective narcotic nasal spray

Tramadol

  • Opioid pain medication used for migraines

Naturally Coping with Migraines

Food Choices

  • Avoid common food and drink choices that trigger headaches such as processed foods and alcohol.

Rest

  • Simply closing an individual's eyes and resting is an effective way to treat headaches and migraines.

Massage

  • Massage can improve blood flow and alleviate tension, which may dull the headache.

Heat

  • Placing a heating pad around the neck may help to alleviate headache tension.

Relax

  • Try mindfulness training or meditation to make a headache pain go away.

Lifestyle

  • If stress is the cause of a headache, it may be necessary to try to make active changes. The easiest of which is walking away from the source of stress during a headache.

Top 5 Migraine Hacks

  • Stay well hydrated throughout the entire day.
  • Don’t skip on sleep – Try to get 7 to 9 hours each night.
  • Give the eyes a break from electronic devices. For every hour of use, look away for 10 to 20 minutes.
  • Try using essential oils such as eucalyptus and spearmint.
  • Place an ice pack on the temples and the back of the neck.


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