How do you stop a migraine?


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According to Mayo Clinic, although there is no cure for migraines, pain reliever medications can stop the pain of an acute migraine headache. The severity of the migraine dictates what medication is recommended.

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Taking pain reliever medications containing aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen is effective in stopping mild migraine pain for some people, according to Mayo Clinic. Medication containing triptans is a recommended pain relief choice for many migraine sufferers. Drugs that combine ergotine and caffeine can help people experiencing pain for longer than 48 hours. Opiods may be prescribed for those who cannot take triptans or ergot medications. Additionally, doctors may prescribe preventative drugs that are taken daily or as soon as signs of an impending attack appear. Preventative drugs include beta blockers, botox, anti-depressants and anti-seizure medications.

Acupuncture is an alternative treatment method found to be helpful in relieving migraine pain, notes Mayo Clinic. Acupuncture involves sticking tiny needles into specific points of the body. A relaxation treatment known as biofeedback uses special equipment to help monitor and control pain symptoms. Cognitive behavioral therapy is considered to be beneficial for some people. Taking vitamin B2 or supplements containing coenzyme Q10 may reduce the frequency of migraines. As of 2014, the effectiveness of massage therapy for controlling migraines is being studied.

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