What is THE best medicine against migraine?
No treatment is universally 100% effective for everyone (we would know it!). But for sure there is one that will suit you. Everyone is different, notably when it comes to… Sensitivity to side effects: a medicine can be poorly tolerated whereas another one will be…
STOP THE ATTACK
When you feel a migraine coming on, you only have one thing in mind: “it has to stop, otherwise I will lose the whole day.” But what medicine to take, and when? “Do I need a prescription?” This section presents treatments you can use to…
Are there any risks in using acute migraine medications?
Like most other medications, the medications used for acute migraine treatment can have side effects. The NSAIDs can be hard on the stomach, and should not be used by patients who have had stomach or duodenal (intestinal) ulcers. They are best taken with food to…
How should I choose my acute medication?
There are several things to consider when choosing an acute medication. First of all, how severe are your migraine attacks? If they are quite severe, and force you to go to bed, it is best to try one of the triptans, as it is unlikely…
What is an acute treatment?
An acute treatment is used to stop an attack at its onset. Read more to understand the difference between an acute and a preventative treatment. Migraine usually occurs in attacks, separated by headache-free periods. Acute medications, which are used to stop an attack at its…
When should I treat my attack?
In order to treat your attacks, you have to be able to identify them. Are there some that are worse than others? Can you describe the onset? Being able to answer these questions will help you choose the proper acute treatment. Read more for a…
What is the best way to stop an attack?
You have to stop the attack at its onset. Treating an attack that is already well established is harder. Identifying the onset of an attack is a primordial step. To successfully control your migraines, you have to: know your attacks and be able to identify…
Help! My acute treatment does not work. Why?
No treatment is 100% effective. It happens that attacks are very strong and do not respond to usual treatments. What can you do? Adjusting the acute treatment is not always an easy task. The cause of the failure has to be identified. This table presents…
I have frequent attacks which prevent me from enjoying life.
If you have several attacks, if your attacks negatively impact your life, you should then consider taking a preventative treatment. This treatment is taken on a daily basis and aims to prevent attacks from occurring. “I used to have one attack every two months, and…
How many different types of triptans are there?
There now are 7 different triptans available in Canada, and some have more that one formulation : injections, tablets to swallow, tablets that dissolve in the mouth, and nasal sprays. They are listed in alphabetical order in the table below. If you are taking one,…
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