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Let’s Talk About Migraine Treatment

Every migraine patient is different and so is every treatment plan. We review your options so you can get relief.

    Our Pro PanelMigraine Treatment

    We went to some of the nation’s top experts in migraines to bring you the most up-to-date information possible.

    Marius Birlea, M.D.

    Marius Birlea, M.D.Assistant Professor of Neurology; Director, Headache Fellowship

    University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
    Denver
    Joel R. Saper, M.D.

    Joel R. Saper, M.D.Director

    Michigan Headache & Neurological Institute
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Stewart J. Tepper, M.D.

    Stewart J. Tepper, M.D.Professor of Neurology

    Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth
    Lebanon, NH

    Frequently Asked QuestionsMigraine Treatment

    What is the best treatment for migraines?

    The answer (like all answers): It depends. There are newer drugs that have just been approved that target specific brain chemicals thought to be responsible for producing migraine pain. These drugs come in the form of monthly injections, but in order to get an Rx, you have to have tried other medications that ultimately failed for you. There are also at-home devices that have fewer side effects and are good for people who don’t want to take medications (or whose meds haven’t worked).

    I don’t want to take medications. Are there other non-drug treatments I can try?

    Yes—and those range from brain-stimulating devices like the Nerivio patch/app for people with episodic migraines to magnesium supplements for those who have migraines with auras. You could also try acupuncture, yoga, mindfulness meditation, and even cognitive behavioral therapy. All of those have some science-based evidence to show that they can cut headache pain and frequency.

    I’ve heard that Botox shots can help migraines. Is that true?

    Yes, but this treatment is only approved for people who suffer from chronic migraines. You need to get a series of injections every three months or so.

    Should I take preventative medications or treat my migraines during an attack?

    If you have several migraines a month, especially if they are debilitating, you might want to consult a doctor about adding a preventative treatment to your pain relief regimen. That could be as simple as taking extra supplements (like melatonin that can help you sleep better and block the pain-producing CGRP), or getting an Rx for injections that can cut the number of migraine days or a brain-stimulating device that works to prevent migraines as well cut the pain during an attack.

    Linda Rodgers

    Linda Rodgers

    @lindarodgers86

    Linda Rodgers is a former magazine and digital editor turned writer, focusing on health and wellness.