Prophylactic Medication - Migraine Term of the Day

  • When we're looking at migraine and headache information, whether it's from our doctor, a book, or an online article, we sometimes come across medical terms that can be confusing.


    Sometimes, it's easy enough to substitute another word or a short phrase for the medical term. At other times, substituting just doesn't convey quite the same meaning or takes more than a few words.


    Some of you have expressed an interest in learning more of the medical terminology that comes up when discussing Migraine disease and other headache disorders. So, I'll be posting a "term of the day," probably a couple of times a week. If there are terms you'd like to have defined, please leave a comment to let me know what it is.

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    Today's Term:

    Prophylactic medication



    Prophylactic medication: medication taken on a regular schedule to prevent the onset of an ailment such as tension or cluster headaches or Migraine attacks. Also called preventive medication


    Used in a Sentence:

    It's recommended that prophylactic medication be considered if someone has three or more migraines a week or if their migraines are especially severe or debilitating.


    You can read more about prophylactic medication in:

    For more terms, see our Migraine and Headache Glossary.


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    Reviewed by David Watson, MD.

    © Cyndi Jordan, 2014, •  Last updated November 13, 2014


Published On: November 13, 2014