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Acute vs Preventive Treatment

There are two groups of migraine treatment and your doctor can tell which is best for you.

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It can be terribly frustrating to feel like your prescribed medication is not working for you. If this is the case, it is important you don’t give up and instead discuss your symptoms with your doctor. Remember that finding the right treatment, at the right dose, can take time.

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Will my migraine go away?

Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for migraine but there are a number of preventive treatments that can reduce the frequency, intensity and/or duration of migraine attacks.2

Migraine is a complex and highly individual condition, which means that the preventive treatments available are varied and the effects they have, will differ from person to person.

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Migraine is a time thief

In a recent study, 74% of respondents report that migraine in some way affected their ability to function at work or school.When you consider the ways migraine – and dread of the next attack – can impact you, taking medication during an attack may no longer be a suitable solution.

For some people, stopping migraine attacks before they start is the key to regaining control, particularly those who experience frequent or persistent migraine symptoms.

1. Miller, S. (2012). The acute and preventative treatment of episodic migraine. Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology. 2012;15(5):33-39
2. NHS Choices. Migraine – Prevention. [Last Accessed: June 2020]
3. Buse, D. C., Rupnow, M. F., & Lipton, R. B. (2009). Assessing and Managing All Aspects of Migraine: Migraine Attacks, Migraine-Related Functional Impairment, Common Comorbidities, and Quality of Life. Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 84(5), 422–435