Treatment options

Treatment options for migraine are largely grouped into acute medications, preventative medications, symptom management, and alternative therapies.

ACUTE MEDICATIONS

  • Triptans
  • Ditans (not yet available) work like triptans but can be used by people with heart conditions. The first one, Reyvow, has just been released in the United States.
  • Gepants (not yet available) are CGRP antagonists. Read more on the CGRP page.

PREVENTATIVE MEDICATIONS

The Migraine Trust also has a particularly good page on preventative options.

SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT

Most people with migraine will manage their attacks symptomatically – that is, they will treat the headache or nausea, rather than using migraine specific medications. This includes:

LIFESTYLE ADJUSTMENTS

There are a range of things you can do to help prevent and manage migraine attacks that do not involve drugs. This includes:

  • Diets
  • Trigger avoidance
  • Supplements
  • Sticking to a routine

Read more about lifestyle adjustments

SUPPORTIVE THERAPIES

Allied health professionals can provide a great deal of assistance in managing migraine. The main ones used by many migraine patients are:

Others will find relief working with an exercise physiologist, chiropractor, nutritionist, occupational therapist, or osteopath. As migraine is a complex condition that every experience differently, you need to find the right combination of therapies that work for you. 

Read more about supportive therapies

BEWARE THE ‘CURES’

We have not had effective preventative treatment for migraine prior to the introduction of the CGRPs, triptans don’t work for everyone, and there is an enormous number of people living with migraine. Because of this trifecta, we are a vulnerable target for aggressive marketers promoting devices, protocols, systems, diets and concoctions promising a miracle cure. Migraine cannot be cured.

We all have moments of desperation when we are willing to try anything for some relief. Try to protect yourself by never making the decision to do or try anything without discussing it with your doctor first, and don’t buy things when severely affected by a migraine attack.

Showing 1 reaction

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.
  • Raphaella Kathryn Crosby
    published this page in Managing migraine 2020-12-30 08:45:17 +1000