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Treatment Options

Treatment Options

Treatment options
While there is no cure for Chronic Migraine, there are treatments to help manage it. Most treatments fall into 2 groups—acute and preventive. Talk to a Headache Specialist to find out how acute and preventive medications may benefit you. Download our migraine diaries to help aid in a discussion with your doctor about your pain and medication use.

Acute medications

Acute medications
Acute medications are available over the counter or by prescription and taken as needed. The idea is to stop the pain once it has begun.

Preventive (prophylactic) medications

Preventive (prophylactic) medications
These medications are prescribed to prevent headaches before they start. For people who do not respond well to acute medications, experience a great impact on their lives due to migraine, or have a high frequency of migraine attacks, the doctor may consider preventive therapy.1,2

Unlike treatments used at the start of a migraine, preventive medications are taken on a regular basis with the goal being to reduce frequency and severity of attacks.1

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  1. Silberstein SD. Practice parameter: evidence-based guidelines for migraine headache (an evidence-based review): report of the Quality Standards Committee of the American Academy of Neurology. Neurology. 2000;55(6):754-762.
  2. Diamond S, Bigal ME, Silberstein S, Loder E, Reed M, Lipton RB. Patterns of diagnosis and acute and preventive treatment for migraine in the United States: results from the American Migraine Prevalence and Prevention Study. Headache. 2007;47(3):355-363.