Drugs and Medications for Migraine

Medications for Migraine

Over the counter drugs, are generally considered to be safe when used as prescribed. Some precautions need to be maintained although at times, while partaking of any over the counter drugs.

Painkillers and similar such drugs to alleviate pain, are the first that the doctor prescribes, when the patient is diagnosed with migraine.

You may ask the person at the counter regarding the composition of all medicine, lest there may be some drug present, which your body may be allergic to. Moreover, one should at no cost exceed the prescribed dosage, as the side effects have a tendency to kick in with twice as much efficiency, with the slightest increase in the dose.

So the general precautions spelled out, we may now go ahead with our discussion on over the counter drugs and medications for migraine that may be beneficial in providing immediate relief from migraine and other types of headaches.

Medicines to Get Relief from Migraine



This particular drug is sold under the brand name of Tyleon, and is used for common pain relief purposes.

The use of Acetaminophen is recommended to all ages, as it is a generally safe drug. Although prolonged and regular use may lead to liver damage and visible variation in the blood count levels.



Aspirin is a common pain relief drug, which is often sold under the brand names of Bayer, Bufferin, and Ecotrin. The use of aspirin to children below the age of 15 years is strictly prohibited, as it may develop certain neurological weaknesses in them.

Those tolerances to aspirin may develop internal ulcers, intestinal bleeding, narrowing of the airways, and in some cases, certain life threatening allergies and infection.

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Fenoprofane is sold under the name of Nalflon, which is known to cure headaches, and to some extend, even hypertension.

It is a relatively safe drug, except in certain cases where it may cause nausea, diarrhea, indigestion, dizziness, and drowsiness.



Ansaid is the common name by which we know this drug. Commonly used to treat muscle tension and headaches. Another safe drug which may cause side effects like intestinal upset, dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, and stomach ulcers.



It is a common drug that is used to treat muscle tension and body aches. At the store you may ask for Advil, Motrin IB, or Nupri, in order to get your fix of Ibuprofane.

The side effects on prolonged use, as one must know, may vary from stomach upset, intestinal bleeding, nausea,vomiting, rash, and irreparable liver damage.



Commonly known as Actron, this drug is used as a preventive measure against tension, migraine and minor headaches. In fact its effectiveness in case of migraine is such that it is often prescribed by doctors in treating the disease over a long time.

Prolonged use, however may lead to an upset stomach, intestinal bleeding, vomiting, nausea, skin rashes and eventually a damaged liver, if regularly used for a long time.



Nabumetone is available under the brand name of Relafen. This particular drug, like most of its substitutes, is used for treating, tension, headaches and migraine.

A safe drug overall, yet it may lead to heartburn, constipation or diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.



Naproxen is sold under the name of Aleve, and used for the cure and treatment of headaches, hormonal headaches, migraine and tension.

The side effects are no different, from the others of its kind, as it also known to cause stomach upset, intestinal bleeding, nausea, vomiting tendencies, skin rashes and liver damage.



Declofenac is available in the market by the common name of Cataflam. Treatment of tension, migraine and the usual headache is its regular use.

Stomach upset, bloating, loss of appetite, and a perpetual drowsy cum dizzy feeling, may be categorized to be the specific side effect of the particular drug.



Available as Toradol, Ketorolac, the drug, is used to treat tension, headache and severe migraine.

Other than the usual symptoms of intestinal bleeding, setting in of drowsiness and development of internal ulcers, you may also experience occasional vision problems on continuous use.

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By Abhro