Migraine medications are always a prominent topic for discussions and questions. We often discuss the potential side effects of individual medications, but we don't discuss the impact of polypharmacy.
Polypharmacy is the simultaneous use of multiple medications, and it's the focus of the 2016 Talk About Your Medicines Month (TAYMM), sponsored by the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE).
Polypharmacy includes all medications — prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, vitamins and other dietary supplements, and "natural" remedies such as herbal remedies. Polypharmacy is quite common in migraine treatment, both acute and preventive treatment. For acute migraine treatment, it's common to use both an abortive medication and symptomatic medications for symptoms (such as nausea) at the same time. For preventive treatment, many migraineurs find that their best results come from a combination of preventive medications.
Even though it's common, polypharmacy can presen