What are over-the-counter migraine medicines?


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The Federal Drug Administration has approved three over-the-counter medications for migraine relief as of October 2014: Excedrin Migraine, Advil Migraine and Motrin Migraine Pain, according to the National Headache Foundation. Excedrin Migraine contains caffeine, aspirin and acetaminophen. Advil Migraine and Motrin Migraine Pain contain ibuprofen.

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To get the best results, migraine sufferers should take medications at the first sign of a migraine and rest in a dark room, according to Mayo Clinic. Although some medications are marketed for migraines, over-the-counter drugs may be ineffective against severe migraines. These medications also cause ulcers and overuse headaches when taken too often. If treatments are ineffective, a physician can prescribe stronger drugs, such as triptans, anti-nausea medications and antidepressants.

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