It often takes a combination of approaches to keep migraine well managed, including:
- Making lifestyle changes
- Identifying migraine triggers
- Using complementary or other types of non-medication therapies
- Migraine medication treatments
The options and treatments that best suit your migraine will depend on the type of symptoms you get, how severe they are and how often attacks occur.
If you’re looking to get your migraine attack under control, then it may be a good idea to create a migraine diary.
Keeping a migraine diary can help:
• Show any patterns to your migraine attacks
• Work out what may be triggering your migraine
• Track how well any relief measures, lifestyle changes or treatments are working
Recording the details of a migraine attack, such as when it started and finished, what you were doing when it started,
what symptoms you had and what provided relief, can be really helpful when it comes to understanding and managing
The diary can be as detailed as you like, and there are tracking Apps and printed versions available.
When you have migraine, it’s common to be sensitive to changes going on inside your body, as well as outside in your social and work environments. Being mindful of these changes and making small adjustments can help reduce the frequency and even severity of your migraine attacks.
Common lifestyle changes that may help include:
- Taking regular exercise
- Keeping to a regular sleep pattern
- Staying hydrated
- Not skipping meals
- Keeping stress under control
- Identifying and avoiding any migraine triggers
Migraine medication treatment
There are lots of different non-medication options suggested to help migraine, ranging from taking supplements such as vitamins and minerals, to behavioural treatments relaxation therapies and acupuncture, to name but a few.
Not everyone will benefit from these treatments, but the good news is that there are other over the counter treatments available.
The first thing to remember when using a migraine treatment is to take it as early as possible for it to be most effective.
Speak to your pharmacist about treatments available that specifically help relieve the symptoms of migraines.
While these medications may help some people, not everyone finds them effective, so it’s good to know that there are treatments designed specifically for migraine – like Imigran® Migraine – that can help.
There are various types of triptan medications – including sumatriptan (the active ingredient in Imigran® Migraine), eletriptan and rizatriptan.
Imigran® Migraine (sumatriptan) is available behind the counter in a 2 pack for the acute relief of migraine in patients who have a stable, well-established pattern of symptoms.
Ask your pharmacist what medications are available over the counter that can help with symptoms of migraines such as nausea and vomiting.
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