Treatment for Migraine and Headaches

To help diagnose a migraine, your doctor may ask you when your headaches occur, how long they last, and what they feel like. Learn more about treatment for migraine and headaches ›

Get the Right Help for Headaches

  • Prepare for your visit. Be organized, specific, direct, and ready to talk details.

  • Have reasonable expectations about treatment. Be patient and give treatment time to work. Be flexible and prepared to modify your treatment, as necessary.

  • Be honest about all medications you take and any other medical conditions you have. Tell your doctor about all your current therapies, including prescription, over-the-counter, and natural remedies. Focus on finding the best treatment options by working with your health care provider to find solutions.

  • Ask for detailed instructions for taking medication, and follow them.

  • Follow up regularly with your health care provider. Seeing your doctor on a regular basis helps you develop a relationship that can improve the treatment process. “Your treatment program will be only as good as the time you invest,” Dr. Diamond says. Schedule a follow-up appointment as you conclude each doctor visit, making sure you have enough time to evaluate the effectiveness of your treatment.

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How Well Are You Managing Your Migraines?

Evaluate your symptoms to see if you’re getting the relief you need.

Migraines: Should You Take Preventive Medication?

  • Have two or more migraines a month that keep you from your work or activities for three or more days per month

  • Have migraines that don't respond to other medications or you can't take other medications for acute treatment

  • Use a drug such as a triptan or ergotamine more than twice a week to stop migraines

  • Have migraines with prolonged aura 

  • Have been diagnosed with a severe type of migraine, such as a hemiplegic migraine 

  • Antiseizure medicines

  • Beta-blockers 

  • Calcium channel blockers 

  • Tricyclic antidepressants 

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Did You Know?

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The most common type of headache in children is migraine.