Migraine

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.

Savings Tips for Migraine

  • Does Namenda Work for Migraine Headaches?

    June 19, 2014

    Quite a bit of buzz around Namenda (memantine) for prevention of migraine headache. Namenda is a medication used to treat dementia, so why in the world would it work for migraine prevention? Well, it does.

    For people who suffer with 3-4 headaches a month and have been refractory or can’t tolerate other therapies, Namenda is an option.

    Listen up.

    • This is an off-label use for Namenda, meaning it does not have official FDA approval for this indication though it has been studied for this purpose.
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  • Is Your Medication Making You Tired?

    June 10, 2014

    One in ten visits to a primary care doctor is for fatigue. While certainly not the only cause, your medications can be the culprit for making you sleepy. Here are the players you need to know about.

    Beta blockers. These are medications used for high blood pressure, migraine prevention, control of heart rate in atrial fibrillation, and they improve mortality after heart attack. Ok, now for the downside. They can make you sleepy. See More

  • 10 Things You Don’t Know About Topamax (Topiramate)

    January 14, 2014

    1.  Topamax (topiramate) works for the prevention of migraine and for seizures. What is awesome is the exact mechanism of its effects are unknown. So we don’t really know why it works to prevent migraines. We do know that topiramate may block the spread of seizures rather than raise the seizure threshold like other anti-seizure medications.

    2.  Topamax is available as generic topiramate now, making it a ton cheaper than it was a couple years ago. See More

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Popular Migraine Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Topamax
(topiramate)
Anti-epileptics 9 See Prices
amitriptyline Tricyclic Antidepressants 6 See Prices
Imitrex
(sumatriptan)
Triptans 20 See Prices
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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.

Migraine Drug Classes

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