Preventive medications are taken daily to reduce the frequency and severity of Migraine attacks and headaches. Most doctors recommend preventive medications if you average one Migraine a week or more.
There are four medications that are FDA approved for the prevention of Migraine:
- propranolol (brand name Inderal)
- timolol (brand name Blocadren)
- divalproex sodium (brand name Depakote, Depakote ER)
- topiramate (brand name Topamax)
There are many other medications (more than 100 total) that are being used effectively for Migraine prevention. It’s quite common for medications to be prescribed for conditions other than those for which they were first developed. This is called off-label prescribing.
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Teri Robert is a leading patient educator and advocate and the author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches. A co-founder of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and the American Headache and Migraine Association, she received the National Headache Foundation’s Patient Partners Award and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Headache Society. Teri can be found on her website, and blog, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.