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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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
March 28, 2013
When it comes to saving on your prescriptions, sometimes the way to get the best price isn’t as straightforward as simply using a coupon or switching to a generic.
Recently, I visited a doctor to try and figure out why I was having headaches. It took months, but eventually I was diagnosed with migraines; then, I had to work with my doctor to find the right medication to manage the migraines.
Like many Americans, I have health insurance, but even with insurance, the cost of my drugs was giving me a headache. See More
January 10, 2013
The triptan medications have been lifesavers for migraine sufferers. Currently, only Imitrex is available as a generic (sumatriptan is the generic name). Well now there are two and this is good for you.
Mylan has received approval from the FDA for generic Maxalt pills and Maxalt-MLT dissolvable tablets. Rizatriptan benzoate tablets and rizatriptan benzoate orally disintegrating tablets (ODT), the generic versions of Maxalt and Maxalt-MLT, are coming your way. 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.