Anti Sickness Treatments
Many people find that strong painkillers have no effect on the severe pain of a migraine headache. Research indicates that the stomach can slow its normal activity during an attack, a condition known as "gastric stasis", when nothing in the stomach is absorbed into the blood stream, and therefore no benefit is gained from any tablets that have been swallowed.
Drugs prescribed and bought over the counter for nausea and vomiting can help the digestive system to work properly again. These are:
- Buccastem M
- Other over the counter medication
If over the counter medication is not working for you contact your doctor who can prescribe stronger painkillers such as:
- NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
For example, diclofenac (Volterol), naproxen, indomethecin.
- Combination anti-sickness and painkillers
For example, Migramax, Domperamol and Paramax.
If you would like more information on painkillers please click here to download our information booklet.
Migraine Specific Drugs
Drugs known as triptans, or 5HT agonists, have been especially developed to treat migraine. They act directly to control the serotonin imbalance, which is believed to cause a migraine attack and, therefore, address all symptoms. For many people, these drugs bring significant relief, but they are not suitable for everyone. There are seven types of triptans on the market:
- Almotriptan (Almogran)
- Eletriptan (Relpax)
- Frovatriptan (Migard)
- Naratritan (Naramig)
- Rizatriptan (Maxalt)
- Sumatriptan (Imigran)
- Zolmitriptan (Zomig)
The triptans are available on prescription only, although one product, Imigran Recovery, is available for purchase in pharmacies without a prescription.
For more information on Imigran Recovery, please visit www.ImigranRecovery.co.uk.
Serotonin (5HT) agonists should not be taken by anyone with uncontrolled high blood pressure, vascular disease, renal impairment, heart disease or a sensitivity to sulphonamides.
They are also not recommended for:
- people under the age of 18 (12 for Zomig)
- people over the age of 65
- women who are pregnant or breast feeding
- triptans should not be taken concurrently with ergotamine, some anti-depressants (MAOIs), lithium, methysergide or other 5HT agonists
For more information on triptans, please download the relevant booklet by clicking here, or alternatively contact us to request a copy.