by Teri Robert, Lead Expert

A neurotransmitter is a chemical that occurring naturally in the brain and facilitates transmitting messages from one nerve cell to another. Some of the neurotransmitters are:

•  serotonin

•  norepinephrine

•  dopamine

We see neurotransmitter discussed in relation to Migraine for multiple reasons:

•  Levels of neurotransmitters are affected by the Migrainous process in the brain during a Migraine attack.

•  Antidepressants, which affect neurotransmitters, are often effective Migraine and headache preventives.

•  Most Migraine abortive medications work by binding to serotonin receptors.


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