Migraine relief includes aspirin, triptans and opioid medications, according to Mayo Clinic. Alternative medicine expert Cathy Wong for About.com mentions natural remedies, including magnesium, butterbur, 5-HTP and feverfew. These drugs and herbs fall under the category of pain-relieving medications, preventing the onset of migraine symptoms.
Mayo Clinic adds that ibuprofen, Advil and Motrin are suitable anti-inflammatory drugs to treat migraines. Medicines with acetaminophen, such as Tylenol, help people with mild migraines. Drugs such as Excedrin Migraine have a combination of acetaminophen, aspirin and caffeine to alleviate moderate migraines. Ergots are drugs that comprise ergotamine and caffeine and are effective in cases where migraines last for over 48 hours. Triptans treat migraines by restricting blood vessels and preventing pain from reaching the brain. Opioid medications contain codeine, and they are for people who are unable to take triptans or ergot.
Wong notes that magnesium reduces pain and the frequency of migraines. Taking 600 milligrams each day alleviates pain, and foods that contain magnesium include leafy vegetables, whole grains and seeds. 5-HTP is a plant from Africa, and research suggests it is another herb that can treat migraine pain and frequency. Butterbur is an herb that suppresses pain, nausea and stomach pains. It can be taken in capsule form, and teas and extracts are available. Feverfew is a folk remedy that has been used for centuries, and it treats different forms of pain.