Migraine
A migraine is a prolonged or severe headache that causes a throbbing pain in the temples. Migraines can also cause nausea or vomiting, and some may make you sensitive to changes in light and sound. The length of a migraine varies; however, they can continue for hours or even days. There are various migraine tablets and treatments to help relieve the symptoms, which you can purchase from our online pharmacy. Order with us by 2pm for next day delivery

Migraine

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  1. Anadin Extra Caplets 32 - Medicine Direct UK Online Pharmacy
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    • Used for Headaches, Migraines, Period Pain, Toothache and more
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    • Effectively treats Migraines
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    • Generic version of Almogran
  3. Sumatriptan
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    • Treats migraines
    • Very fast acting
    • Relieves pain
  4. Zomig
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    • Used to treat migraines
    • Relieves painful symptoms
    • Helps with nausea and sensitivity to light and sound
  5. Zolmitriptan
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    • Treatment for Migraine attacks
    • Relieves pain caused by Migraines
    • Fast acting
  6. Rizatriptan
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    • Generic version of Maxalt
    • Treats the headache stage of a migraine attack
    • Relieves pain and symptoms
  7. Maxalt Melt
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    • Branded version of Rizatriptan
    • Used to treat migraines
    • Relieves pain and symptoms
  8. Imigran
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    From As low as £45.99
    • Treats painsful migraines
    • Relieves pain and other symptoms
    • Effective for sudden migraine attacks

What is a Migraine?

Migraines are a common health problem and are normally a moderate or severe headache. You will normally feel a throbbing pain on one side of the head. Around 1 in every 5 women and around 1 in every 15 men will suffer from migraines. It is most common to start experiencing migraines in early adulthood.

Other signs of a migraine may include sensitivity to light and/or sound, feeling sick or being sick.

In some cases, people suffer from migraines up to several times each week. On the other hand, some people may not suffer a migraine attack for months at a time, but they can be very painful and debilitating when they occur.

Unfortunately, there is not currently a cure. However, there are ways to relieve the symptoms of a migraine. Various migraine treatments and tablets are available to help lessen the symptoms.

There are different types of migraine you may experience:

  • Migraine aura without headache (a silent migraine): This is where an aura or other migraine symptoms occur but you do not have a headache
  • Migraine with aura: Specific warning signs just before you have a migraine, such as seeing flashing lights
  • Migraine without aura: The most common form of a migraine, where it occurs without any specific warning signs

Migraine Symptoms

The most common symptom of a migraine is an intense headache on one side of the head.

You will normally have moderate or severe pain that causes a throbbing sensation. It will be exacerbated when you move and it will likely inhibit you from being able to carry out certain everyday activities.

The pain can also occur on both sides of your head; it may also spread to your neck or face.

Other common migraine symptoms can include:

  • Feeling sick
  • Vomiting
  • An increased sensitivity to light and soun

Additional symptoms that affect some people can include:

  • Being unable to concentrate
  • Diarrhoea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Sweating
  • Feeling either very hot or cold

Some people may experience symptoms with or without a headache. You may not experience any of the additional symptoms listed.

These symptoms normally last any time between 4 hours and 3 days. They can cause you to feel tired for up to a week afterwards.

Causes of Migraines 

It is not known exactly what causes migraines, but it is believed to be due to abnormal activity in the brain which temporarily affect the nerve signals, chemicals and blood vessels in the brain.

Certain triggers have been suggested as the cause of a migraine headache.

Emotional triggers like stress, anxiety, shock and tension have been linked to causing migraine symptoms.

Certain hormonal changes are also linked. It is not uncommon for women to suffer migraines when they are having their period. This can happen between 2 days before beginning a period and for up to 3 days afterwards.

Migraines improve for women after the menopause in many cases. Although, the menopause can also trigger migraines or make them worse for some women.

Physical triggers like being tired, not getting enough sleep, tension in your neck or shoulders or doing strenuous exercise can cause this problem, also.

Dietary triggers can be harder to track, as in some cases it may not be the food you have eaten, but the temperature of the food as this increases the levels of tyramine, which triggers headaches.

However, products to watch out for include alcohol, caffeine, citrus-based foods and any products that naturally contain tyramine, such as cured meats and some cheeses.

Environmental triggers can cause a migraine, like loud noises, bright lights, strong smells, smoking and changes in temperature or climate.

Certain types of medicine can also act as triggers, including some sleeping tablets, combined contraception pills and hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Migraine Diagnosis

There is no formal way to diagnose a migraine, but making an appointment with a doctor will allow them to identify any patterns of symptoms or recurring headaches. Getting an accurate diagnosis can take time as migraines are unpredictable.

When you first visit a doctor, they may carry out a physical examination to check your vision, reflexes, sensations and coordination. This will help to identify or rule out any other conditions you may be suffering from.

They will ask you various questions about your migraines and symptoms.

Keeping a diary of when you have a migraine attack and the symptoms you exhibit can be beneficial; it will help your doctor to prescribe the right migraine relief tablets or treatments for your condition.

Migraine Diagnosis

There is no formal way to diagnose a migraine, but making an appointment with a doctor will allow them to identify any patterns of symptoms or recurring headaches. Getting an accurate diagnosis can take time as migraines are unpredictable.

When you first visit a doctor, they may carry out a physical examination to check your vision, reflexes, sensations and coordination. This will help to identify or rule out any other conditions you may be suffering from.

They will ask you various questions about your migraines and symptoms.

Keeping a diary of when you have a migraine attack and the symptoms you exhibit can be beneficial; it will help your doctor to prescribe the right migraine relief tablets or treatments for your condition.

Treatment

At present, there is no cure for a migraine, but there are various migraine relief tablets and treatments available to purchase from our online pharmacy. Over the counter medicines can help to relieve some symptoms, but if these prove ineffective, you may require a prescription medicine from a doctor.

Treatment advice for migraines

Painkillers are often the first port of call for migraine treatment. The likes of ibuprofen or paracetamol can help to alleviate some of the symptoms, such as nausea, headaches and sensitivity to light.

If these do not prove effective, you should speak to a doctor about other forms of migraine treatment.

Best migraine medication

At Medicine Direct, we have a range of medicine to treat migraines. We offer freeonline consultations with a certified doctor, who will be able to advise you on which treatment is the most effective for you. After receiving a prescription, you can purchase tablets and treatments from our online pharmacy.

If you place your order online by 2pm, we can also offer you next day delivery.

Imigran tablets for migraine

For the treatment of both aura and non-aura migraines.

Maxalt melt

Wafer medicine to be dissolved in the mouth as soon as symptoms begin. Ten milligram doses to be taken no more than three times a day. Sold in wafers or in tablet form of Rizatriptan.

Zolmitriptan

To be taken as instructed by the doctor, usually two tablets as soon as the headache phase of a migraine begins.

Zomig

A nasal spray used to treat headaches. To be sprayed into the nose once to treat a headache as soon as it has begun.

During a migraine attack

Many people have found that lying down or sleeping in a darkened room is most beneficial when suffering from migraines.

Some also say that eating something can make them feel better, or that they feel better when they have been sick. If you do not feel sick, drink some water to keep yourself hydrated.

What is the difference between a migraine and a tension/anxiety headache?


A migraine headache will normally be an intense pain that throbs on one or both sides of your head. The pain can be very debilitating and prevent you from carrying out everyday activities. The pain can last for up to 3 days and occur sporadically, sometimes affecting people a few times a week while some people may not have them for months at a time. Migraines can also cause symptoms besides a headache, including temporary loss of vision, nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. On the other hand, a tension headache's pain is normally only mild to moderate in comparison. While they can be painful, they are not debilitating like a migraine is; they normally affect both sides of the head and you will rarely have any light sensitivity.

What are triptans?


Triptans are medicines that are designed specifically to treat the pain that comes with migraine headaches. It is believed that they reverse the changes in the brain that can cause migraines, causing the blood vessels around the brain to narrow. This reverses the widening of the blood vessels, which is believed to be a factor of migraines occurring. Triptan treatments come available as tablets, injections and nasal sprays. Common side effects of these treatments may include: Warm sensations, Tightness, Tingling, Flushing, Face, limbs or chest feeling heavy.

I didn’t get on with my first migraine treatment. Is one triptan better than another?


Migraine tablets and treatments affect everyone differently. All triptans will probably work for most people who suffer from migraines, but evidence suggests that some may be more effective than others, and that side effects can vary between each triptan medicine. If the first type of treatment you tried did not work, or resulted in side effects after three separate attempts, a different form of medicine may be more suitable.

Can I use a triptan to prevent a migraine attack?


No, these migraine treatments will not prevent an attack from coming on, they are designed to treat migraines in their early stages. You should only take triptan tablets when you feel the onset of a migraine. Triptan treatments get to work very fast and should have taken effect within an hour, so you should not be bothered by your symptoms for too long

What should I do when I feel a migraine starting?


Many find that lying down or sleeping in a darkened room is most beneficial when suffering from migraines. Some also say that eating something can make them feel better, or that they feel better when they have been sick. If you do not feel sick, drink water to stay hydrated. It is also important that you take the tablets or treatment your doctor has prescribed you for the event of a migraine attack.

How are migraines diagnosed?


Migraines can be difficult to diagnose as they are so unpredictable. To diagnose migraines, your doctor will look at patterns of their occurrence and speak to you about any triggers you may have noticed, such as dietary, emotional or environmental factors that always play a part in setting off a migraine attack. They will carry out a physical examination, testing your reflexes, vision, coordination and sensations, before asking you questions about your symptoms and their effects.

I get migraines right before my period. Could they be related to my menstrual cycle?


Over 50% of all migraines in women occur right before, during or after they have had their period. These are known as 'menstrual migraines'. However, most women who suffer from migraines during their period will also suffer with them at other times of the month. It is not known whether there is a direct link between migraines and the menstrual cycle; but the levels of the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone decrease rapidly just before the cycle begins. Such a drastic drop in hormones may trigger a migraine due to the chemicals in the brain affecting a woman's pain sensation.

What is the best treatment for nausea and vomiting when you get a migraine?


Over the counter painkillers like ibuprofen and paracetamol can help to relieve nausea. If you require prescription tablets or treatments, the likes of Maxalt Melts can help. Maxalt Melts are wafers that dissolve on the tongue, which means you do not need to swallow them. If you take tablets to try and resolve nausea, you may be sick and throw the tablets up again; this means the medicine has not had time to absorb into your system. Maxalt Melts remove this risk, by dissolving almost immediately on the tongue.

What is a medicine-induced headache?


Over-using triptans or painkillers for tension headaches or migraines can cause medication-induced headaches. Speak to your doctor if you are getting these headaches on most days and you are regularly using either triptan treatments or painkillers.

Can changes in blood sugar levels be a trigger for migraines?


Yes, they can. To keep your blood sugar levels stable you should: Eat breakfast, even if it is something small and healthy, Eat small but well-balanced meals regularly instead of one or two large meals a day. If you need to snack between meals, eat healthy foods that are low in sugar, Mix carbohydrate with protein and/or fat, which will increase a slow release of energy, Substitute sugary foods like biscuits or cake with a piece of fruit or some nuts.

I've heard that if I stop eating chocolate, I should be able to control my migraines?


Avoiding chocolate to control a migraine is a myth. While dietary factors can trigger migraines, it does not mean that this is the sole trigger for your specific condition, or that diet has anything to do with your migraines at all. Different people have different triggers.

If I have a parent who suffers with migraines does that mean I will too?


Migraines are known to run in the family, although this is not the case for everyone. Family history will not usually be the only factor in your developing migraines.

Should migraine sufferers drink alcohol?


Avoiding alcohol is advisable if you suffer from migraines as alcohol is a trigger for many people. Hangovers also pose the potential to trigger a migraine.

Can being overweight cause migraines?


Obesity is not a cause of migraines, but it is a risk factor that may make them more likely. This depends on how overweight the person is. Weight gain can cause migraines to be more severe according to some research. Doing your best to lead a healthy lifestyle, such as getting enough sleep and regular exercise can help to keep your weight down.

Do Botox injections cure migraines?


Botox injections could soon be introduced as chronic migraine treatments by the NHS. Botox is a common anti-wrinkle cosmetic injection that deadens the muscles, but they also have nerve-blocking effects that could help with some of the pain that comes with migraines.

Do migraine glasses work?


You can buy precision tinted lenses, which are believed to aid discomfort when you have a migraine attack. They are available to order online from various stores.

Can magnesium vitamin supplements help?


Magnesium tablets have been shown through research to help prevent menstrual migraines. If you get migraines around your period, the recommended dose is between 400 and 500mg each day..

Doctor Notes

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This means that no matter which member of our team is assigned to your case, you can rest assured that you are in the hands of a highly skilled medical professional, who possesses the compassion and clinical expertise to properly advise you on the best course of treatment.

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Hussain Abdeh Superintendent Pharmacist at Medicine Direct Online Pharmacy

Hussain Abdeh
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Superintendent Pharmacist

This content has been written by James Nuttall and has been medically reviewed by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh. Hussain has been the Superintendent Pharmacist of Medicine Direct since 2018.

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