CGRP antibodies for migraine
CGRP antibodies are coming to Canada and are stirring a lot of interest from the medical community. Patients also have many questions about these new treatments. Migraine Canada has created a handout to provide basic information. Have a look, and if you are a health care…
What is a prophylactic treatment?
Prophylactic or preventive medications are not the same as acute migraine medications. The acute medications are used to treat individual migraine attacks, and are only taken when the migraine attacks occur. Preventive medications are taken every day to prevent some of the migraine attacks from…
How can I determine if I need a prophylactic treatment?
Preventive medication is not necessary for every migraine sufferer. There are certain situations where your doctor would consider recommending a preventive medication, such situations are: You are having headaches that have a significant impact on your life at home or at work despite appropriate use…
How long should I take this medication….all my life?
Headache preventative therapy should be considered if headaches are > 1 attack per week, if headaches are severe or disabling that results in absence of work, school and social activities or if one is unable to take acute medications to treat their headache. Although migraine…
How can I choose a good prophylactic for my situation?
Deciding on what type of preventive medication to start depends on many factors. The choice of preventive medication needs to be tailored to meet each person’s individual needs. Before deciding on a preventive medication, it is important to discuss your other medical problems with your…
Are there natural products that can help with migraine prevention?
The most commonly used supplements are magnesium, coenzyme Q-10, feverfew, butterbur and riboflavin (Vitamin B1). There are many other herbs and vitamin supplements that are cited on the web, but there are the ones that have the best clinical evidence to support their benefit. The…
My migraines have become more frequent….should I just stop my preventive treatment?
Migraine comes in cycles of good and bad periods. Sometimes there is an obvious reason (less sleep, more stress, a new medication, hormonal changes….) but sometimes it is not that clear why migraines keep coming at an increased pace. If your migraine frequency is rising…
Is acupuncture useful for migraine prevention?
Acupuncture involves fine needles piercing the skin to alleviate pain. The theory is believed to be based on the needle promoting the pain killing chemicals, endorphins to be released and thereby assisting in pain control. There are multiple studies on the use of acupuncture for…
How can I decide whether my preventative treatment is effective?
You have been taking a preventative treatment for 4 months and your follow-up appointment is coming up. How can you tell if you should continue it or not? The following situations are often brought up during the follow-up appointment: The treatment was not well tolerated….
My preventative treatment is not effective. Why?
Such a disappointment… I thought my condition would improve, but I have as many (if not more) migraines as I used to. What is the problem? You didn’t take it long enough. For best results, you have to try the preventative treatment for at least…
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