My name is Debbie and I am from Dayton, Ohio. I am 55 years old, a holistic health care practitioner, and have been living with migraine headaches for over 27 years. I have tried every recommendation that has crossed my path. I have tried acupuncture for months, massage on a weekly basis for 25 years, cranial sacral work, reiki, homeopathy, every known pharmaceutical (many with terrible side effects), hypnosis, dental work, teeth pulled, restrictive diets, multiple supplements, years of mental health counseling, and medical intuitives. Some things have really helped for a couple of weeks and then the headaches return with a vengeance.

A new generation of headache treatments moving toward the market is based not on new drug formulations, but on making current drugs work faster and more effectively. Numerous presentations given at the International Headache Congress reported positive results regarding new drug delivery systems—from a sumatriptan patch being developed by NuPathe to an inhaled version of dihydroergotamine (DHE) under development by MAP Pharmaceuticals.

Bellergal-S is a preventive medication that contains ergotamine. The amount of ergot contained is less than medications used to abort attacks (Ercaf®, Cafergot®). When taken on a daily basis, patients should be monitored by a physician. Side effects can include drowsiness, blurred vision, and dryness of...

Studies have shown that verapamil may be effective in the preventive treatment of migraine and cluster headache patients. Verapamil is a calcium blocker that may work by preventing the constriction of the blood vessels prior to the migraine attack. However, recent genetic studies have suggested that...

Indomethacin (Indocin®) is an analgesic. It is classified as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. These are commonly referred to as NSAIDS. Other NSAIDS are also used as analgesics. Indomethacin can be used as a pain reliever or analgesic. It can also be used as a treatment for arthritis, fever or other conditions where inflammation plays a role in creating the symptoms.

Cafergot is a brand name of the combination of ergotamine and caffeine. It is currently available only in the suppository form for the acute treatment of migraine attacks. There are generic oral tablets with the same amounts of caffeine and ergotamine as were in the former Cafergot tablets. Ergotamine works for migraine by constricting blood vessels and effecting brain receptors such as serotonin.