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Medications that help Prevent Headaches

Different classes of drugs for migraine prevention work in different ways and have different side effects; your doctor will explain why he/she has chosen a particular drug for you. Be sure to tell your doctor about any other medications your are taking.

Some of the preventive drugs include:

  • Blood pressure medicines, such as Inderal or Verapamil (Calan)
  • Seizure medications, such as Valproic acid (Depakote) or Topiramate (Topamax)
  • Antidepressants
  • Amitriptyline (Elavil)
  • SSRIs
  • Botulinum toxin (Botox)

There are several migraine drugs you should not use if you are pregnant or nursing; be sure to tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

Above content provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.

Posted October 2009

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Arnold Pain Management Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
One Brookline Place, Suite 105
Brookline, MA 02445
617-278-8000
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