Migraines are like a very severe headache, with additional symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, and oversensitivity to light and sound. As they are a medical condition different to a normal headache, they need to be treated differently too. Women tend to experience migraines more than men do, and although the definite cause is not clear, it’s believed there is a genetic link as if you have a relative who suffers from them, you are more likely to as well. They can be immensely painful, and last from a few hours to a few days, which can have a huge impact on your life, impacting your ability to hold down a job or live life as normal. Some people also experience a visible aura during or just before a migraine attack, which can impair your vision significantly. From iMeds you can buy two types of medication to help manage the severity of migraine attacks: beta blockers and triptans. Regular over the counter painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen don’t usually prove very effective against migraines.
Migraines are different and more severe than a headache, and can include other symptoms such as oversensitivity to light and sound, nausea and dizziness. This combination of symptoms can leave you bed bound whilst you’re having a migraine attack, but as soon as the attack is over the symptoms usually disappear. These attacks generally last 4-72 hours. If you experience them several times a month, you should speak to your doctor about preventative treatment. There are two main types of treatment: beta blockers which lower your heart rate, or triptans which reduce inflammation and constrict blood vessels in the brain so the attack isn’t so sever.
Below are some common medicines often used to treat migraine. Please note, this is not an exhaustive list and other non-medical methods or lifestyle changes may be more suitable. If you would like to learn more about these options, then please click here. Before receiving medication you must answer a number of questions to asses your suitability. All questions are reviewed by a GMC registered doctor before a final decision is made. All medication is dispensed via a full regulated and registered UK pharmacy.