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Prevention of migraines

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Preventive (also called prophylactic) treatment of migraines can be an important component of migraine management. Such treatments can take many forms, including everything from taking certain drugs or nutritional supplements, to lifestyle alterations such as increased exercise and avoidance of migraine triggers.

The goals of preventive therapy are to reduce the frequency, painfulness, and/or duration of migraines, and to increase the effectiveness of abortive therapy.
1 Another reason to pursue these goals is to avoid medication overuse headache (MOH), otherwise known as rebound headache, which is a common problem among migraneurs. This is believed to occur in part due to overuse of pain medications, and can result in chronic daily headache.

Many of the preventive treatments described below are quite effective: Even with a placebo (sham treatment), one-quarter of patients find that their migraine frequency is reduced by half or more, and actual treatments often far exceed this figure.

Maintaining a headache calendar or helpful is useful for patients who need to be on preventative medications. There are paper diaries and electronic diaries such as the iPhone apps iHeadache and Headache Diary, Blackberry app iHeadache, and android app My Migraine Log


This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Prevention of migraines".


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