Specialists Seek To Alleviate Painful Migranes
A migraine is an intense throbbing or pulsing headache on one side of the head that lasts from four to 72 hours,” said Uwe Reuter, a neurologist at Berlin’s Charite university hospital. It can be accompanied by oversensitivity to sounds, light or smells, as well as nausea and vomiting.
The most frequently prescribed medications for severe migraines are triptans, according to the German Neurological Society, which says they are the best-studied drug class used in acute migraine therapy.
But overuse can result in what are called rebound headaches. In other words, the anti-migraine triptans actually begin to cause migraines. Triptans block the release of neurotransmitters in the brain.
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