migraine

Migraine

ImigranImigran

Imigran is a fast-acting over the counter treatment for migraines. It contains the active ingredient sumatriptan and attacks migraines at their source.

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Imigran Nasal SprayImigran Nasal Spray

Imigran nasal spray is an effective migraine treatment. Unlike regular painkillers, it addresses the cause of migraines, rather than the symptoms alone.

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Maxalt MeltMaxalt Melt

Maxalt Melt is a prescription medicine used to treat migraines. Containing the active ingredient rizatriptan, it is more effective than regular painkillers.

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RizatriptanRizatriptan

Rizatriptan reverses the effects of enlarged blood vessels around the brain that are thought to cause migraines.

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SumatriptanSumatriptan

Sumatriptan is a prescription migraine treatment that eases headaches, as well as symptoms such as nausea and light sensitivity.

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ZomigZomig

Zomig is a migraine medication containing the active ingredient zolmitriptan. Available on prescription, it tackles migraines with and without aura.

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ZolmitriptanZolmitriptan

Zolmitriptan is a prescription medication used to treat migraines with and without aura. It is the generic form of the drug Zomig.

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What are migraines?

Migraines are a common and potentially debilitating neurological condition. They are characterised by severe pulsating headaches that can last for up to three days. Some sufferers experience a range of other symptoms, including nausea, vomiting and increased sensitivity to sound or light.They affect about 15% of the population and women are more prone to the condition than men. In severe cases, the problem can have a major impact on people’s quality of life, interfering with their personal and professional lives.

What causes them?

The precise cause of this medical problem is not yet fully understood. However, it is thought to be linked to temporary alterations in the blood vessels and chemicals located within the brain. Most studies also show that migraines have a strong genetic relationship, with about 65% of the cases running in families. They can also be influenced and triggered by a range of environmental factors, including tiredness, stress, the onset of menstruation and certain food and drink products.

How does treatment work?

Unfortunately, there is not yet a cure for this problem. However, there are a number of treatments available that can help to lessen the effects of and even prevent episodes. For example, over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen and paracetamol can be used to reduce discomfort. You should take them as soon as you notice the signs and try to rest as well. Many sufferers benefit from lying or sleeping in a darkened, quiet room. Avoiding physical activity can help too as exertion has been shown to accentuate the duration and acuteness of migraines. Medicines that reduce nausea and vomiting can also be useful.

Another group of medications, referred to as triptans, work to reverse the changes in the brain that bring on migraines. At Europa, we offer a range of these treatments, including Imigran, Sumatriptan, Maxalt, Rizatriptan, Zomig and Zolmitriptan. By undoing the alterations in the brain, these medicines help to address the cause of migraines as well as alleviating the symptoms. Make sure you consult a doctor before using these drugs for the first time to ensure they are suitable for you.

To find out more about the treatment options now available, you can speak to your GP or consult our team of medical experts. We are on hand to answer your questions and you can contact us by phone or email. Migraines can be a distressing condition, but with the right treatments, you can reduce your suffering.