What is Migraine?
A migraine is a type of headache that ranges from moderate to severe. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, tunnel vision, pain on one side of the head, fatigue, sweating, light sensitivity, and eye pain. There are multiple causes for migraines including caffeine withdrawal, smoking, sleep problems, hormonal changes, and stress.
Treatment for migraine includes taking medication. Common drug classes used to treat migraines are ACE inhibitors, acetylcholine release inhibitors, beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, ergot derivatives, NSAIDs, sympathomimetic / NSAID combinations, tricyclic antidepressants, triptan / NSAID combinations, and triptans.
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September 15, 2016
Fioricet (butalbital/acetaminophen/caffeine) has been around forever and is used by many for the treatment of chronic migraine or tension headaches. It is a mixture of a barbiturate, Tylenol (acetaminophen) and caffeine.
Now, many formularies are no longer covering Fioricet capsules. For those of you who have relied on it for years, this (understandably) may make you nervous.
Well, it turns out it doesn’t really work that well—and there are much better options out there. See More
June 16, 2016
At the beginning of this month the FDA issued a drug safety alert for the migraine patch Zecuity (sumatriptan). At that time, the FDA planned to investigate whether the Zecuity patch came with an increased risk of serious burns and potential permanent scarring.
Now, the FDA has announced that the manufacturer of Zecuity, Teva Pharmaceuticals, has decided to temporarily stop the sales, marketing, and distribution of the Zecuity patch. See More
March 18, 2016
At the start of 2016, the FDA approved brand-new migraine treatment: Onzetra Xsail. Although it shares an active ingredient with Imitrex (sumatriptan), the way you use Onzetra is unique, and offers another option for getting you migraine relief.
There are many medications already on the market to treat migraines before and after they begin. The standard in migraine treatment is a group of medications known as “triptans. See More
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug,
regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.