Migraine preventives: Which one will work for you?

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Category:

Surgery

Examples: 

Decompression of nerves, Neurostimulation with implants

Hypothetical mechanism (NOT proven): 

Relieve the pressure on nervesModulate the pain system

Category:

Opioids

Examples:

Morphine and others – Should NOT be used for migraine prevention due to risks

Hypothetical mechanism (NOT proven):

Act on opioid receptors in the brain (mu, kappa, delta receptors)

A warning: should any drug that treats epilepsy, hypertension or depression be used for migraine just in case it works?

 

Some tables online list many other drugs — especially anti-hypertensives and anti-depressants — that some physicians may use, but have not been studied specifically for migraine. You should be careful. These very long lists are not medically recommended.

Click here to read our post on tips to trying preventives

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For more information on migraine, and to connect with others who share your experience, visit 

Migraine Canada

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REFERENCES

Pringsheim T, Davenport W, Mackie G, Worthington I, Aube M, Christie SN, et al. Canadian Headache Society guideline for migraine prophylaxis. Can J Neurol Sci. 2012;39(2 Suppl 2):S1-59.

Rajapakse T, Pringsheim T. Nutraceuticals in 

Migraine

: A Summary of Existing Guidelines for Use. Headache. 2016;56(4):808-16.

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