Several medications were recently deemed the most effective for treating acute migraine, including triptans, dihydroergotamine (DHE), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), butorphanol nasal spray, and the combination medication of sumatriptan/naproxen and acetaminophen/aspirin/caffein). Several other migraine medications were considered "probably effective" or "possibly effective."

Q. My father has a variety of medical conditions, including Parkinson’s disease and diabetes. He has severe headaches almost every day. His doctors continue to prescribe more and more medications, which are not working. He has had every test imaginable to rule out any serious medical issue that may be causing the headaches. He has tried acupuncture and Botox, which provide minor temporary relief. I have read many articles on oxygen offering relief for chronic headache pain. For some reason, none of his many doctors are willing to even attempt this therapy. They just continue to prescribe more medications and, as you can imagine, he is using many medications already. Do you have any recommendations on how to convince any of his doctors to try oxygen treatments? My father’s headaches are completely debilitating. He often can’t even hold his head up.

candesartan The high blood pressure medication candesartan (Atacand) appears to be as effective as the more commonly prescribed medication propranolol (Inderal) in preventing migraine attacks. Many doctors already prescribe candesartan for migraine prevention, but researchers from St. Olav’s Hospital in Trondheim, Norway, and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology recently conducted a study to provide proof that the medication works.

expectations Patients’ expectations influenced the effects of both medications and placebos in a recent study and highlighted the importance of the power of suggestion in the field of medicine. Researchers studied 66 migraineurs over the course of more than 450 migraine attacks and found that when they provided positive information about a placebo and the common migraine medication Maxalt (rizatriptan), the effectiveness of both increased. This observation suggested that a positive message and a powerful medication are important in improved quality clinical care.

I am a 32-year-old woman and I have suffered with migraines for as long as I can remember. My mother and grandmother were both forced to live with migraines too, so I feel it is hereditary. I’ve seen countless doctors and taken numerous medications, both daily to help prevent and during the onset of the beast, but none have helped me as much as one little book did, though it wasn’t just the book – it was my decision to change that really made the difference.

I am 21-years old and have suffered from migraine headaches since the 3rd grade. The pain has become increasingly worse, almost to the point of passing out. It feels as if there is an electric drill penetrating my right temple and eye, which will swell closed and lose the ability to see. The pain is so bad that I cannot walk because I am so light headed and throwing up is a common occurrence. Sometimes I lie in my dark, cold bathroom praying to lose consciousness.

While more people are being treated for migraine and severe headaches than ever before, many of them are not getting appropriate medications for their condition. According to a study that assessed trends in prescribing medications, more opioids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), benzodiazepines, muscle relaxants and barbiturates are used than in the past even though more migraine-specific medications are now available. Opioids and barbiturates particularly raise concerns because they're linked to an increased risk of chronic daily headache.