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Migraine

Migraine

Migraines

Get relief from the symptoms of migraine attack. Sumatriptan tablets and nasal spray available on prescription.

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In contrast to popular opinion, a migraine is so much more than just a headache. Not only are the symptoms of a migraine far worse than a standard headache, but the treatment is also rather different.

Sadly, most sufferers find that common over-the-counter pain killers like paracetemol do little for migraines. This is hardly surprising as a migraine is not simply a form of discomfort in the head Instead it is a complete suite of symptoms that can completely incapacitate sufferers.

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Symptoms of Migraines

The most common symptom experienced by migraine sufferers is a painful throbbing sensation deep within the skull. In stark contrast to a run-of-the-mill headache, this throbbing sensation can make focusing on even simple everyday tasks a challenge. This is one reason why migraines can become such a debilitating disorder. A sufferer may go for months or even years without being affected, only to be struck down without warning.

This headache however is only part of the problem. Many migraine sufferers also experience a broad range of secondary symptoms which can be just as unpleasant as the initial throbbing.

For example, common symptoms of migraines may include nausea, dizziness, and uncontrollable shaking or muscle weakness. A heightened sensitivity to light or sound is also common and may confine sufferers to quiet, darkened rooms for the period of their attacks.

Migraine Treatment

Whilst standard pain killers may prove of some use to migraine sufferers, the most effective treatments usually function to reduce the widening of the blood vessels in the brain. As this swelling goes down it is normal for the effects of the migraine to disappear.

 

Imigran Tablets

One of the most exciting developments in migraine treatment recently, Imigran is available both in a tablet and a nasal spray for even swifter delivery into the blood stream. Imigran should be taken as soon as a migraine begins, and can quickly prevent such attacks from worsening.

Available Strengths: 50mg / 100mg

Start Treatment:  Imigran should be taken once you feel a migraine attack starting.

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Maxalt Melt

The real benefit of Maxalt is that it does not require the consumption of fluids. Instead, the wafers simply melt in the mouth, delivering the necessary dose of rizatriptan. This active agent helps to reduce swelling in the brain, yet can be taken in situations where the migraine sufferer feels sick, and where swallowing fluids may worsen this situation.

Available Strengths: 10mg

Start Treatment:  Maxlt Melt Wafers should be taken once you feel a migraine attack starting.

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Sumatriptan

Sumatriptan belongs to a group of medicines called triptanes, which are used to treat migraine headaches. Sumatriptan helps to take away the headache and relieve other symptoms of a migraine attack, such as the feeling of sickness and heightened sensitivity to light and sound.

While these exciting migraine treatments have an excellent track record it is important to mention that they are all prescription-only medications. Fortunately if you’d rather not wait to see your own doctor you can access our own qualified medical practitioners for a free consultation now. Furthermore, if medication is deemed advisable then we can deliver your treatment directly to your doorstep.

Available Strengths: 50mg / 100mg

Start Treatment:  Maxlt Melt Wafers should be taken once you feel a migraine attack starting.

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Common Causes of Migraines

One of the factors that can make migraines such an unpleasant condition is just how unpredictable they are. Sufferers may go for months without an attack and then be struck down for days at a time. Also, what sets off one sufferer may be totally different to another.

For this reason it is essential that you keep a journal if you regularly suffer from migraines. In this way you will be able to slowly build up an understanding of the common causes of your migraines.

An awareness of your common triggers can be one of the most effective strategies for nipping attacks in the bud before they have an opportunity to develop into a full-blown attack.

That said, there are five main triggers that seem more likely than others to cause a migraine.

Emotional

Particularly emotionally-driven situations are common migraine triggers. For example, be aware of those situations that are particularly stressful, confrontational, tense or exciting.

Physical

A surprising number of physical elements have been show to trigger migraines. Tiredness, poor posture and a low blood sugar level may all contribute to an impending migraine.

Dietary

Some migraine sufferers find that specific foods are more likely to cause an attack than others. Stimulants such as tea or coffee are common triggers, as are certain food additives, cheese and even (I’m afraid) chocolate for some people.

Environmental

Flashing lights, staring at computer screens for an extended period of time, strong smells and even a stuffy environment may affect your chances of being struck down with an attack.

Medical

Whilst this is possibly the least likely source of a migraine, it has been shown that some medications could increase your odds of an attack. It is therefore advisable to discuss your current medication with your medical practitioner in order to ensure that an existing prescription isn’t actually worsening your migraines.

Coping With Migraines

Most migraine sufferers go through a well-known number of stages when experiencing a migraine. To begin with there is a so-called “prodromal” stage where the sufferer is most likely aware that an attack is on its way.

At this stage, you may experience changes in your mood or energy level, or you may notice changes to your appetite or other behavioural modifications. Due to these behavioural changes, migraine sufferers are strongly recommended to advise family members and friends to pay attention to such changes. In this way they can behave as an early warning system should an attack be imminent.

After this initial phase most migraine sufferers will enter the next phase; typically known as the “aura” phase. At this point it is normally clear that a migraine is imminent. In the aura phase it is normal to experience sensory distortions such as flashing lights, blind spots or difficulty focusing.

It is in this second phase that migraine medication can be particularly beneficial in staving off an attack.

Many of the prescription medicines listed earlier on – in conjunction with a change of scenery – can be enough to control an attack before it becomes unmanageable. In these cases, carefully consider your existing situation and try to remove any physical, emotional dietary or environmental triggers that could be making you feel worse.

Furthermore, by maintaining a journal and keeping a note of the triggers that seem to be having an effect on you, you can become better at spotting the signs and hence avoiding a full-on attack.