Migraine / Headache Medication Review


Please complete this form to review your Migraine / Chronic Headache and its medication. We will be in touch depending on your answers.

The form is made up of three parts:

  1. Things you can do to prevent getting them
  2. Medication to treat your acute Migraine/headache
  3. Medication to prevent you getting Migraines/headaches

Your Details

Preventing Migraines

Migraines are a mystery of the brain and the causes are poorly understood.

Doing the following can help reduce the number and severity of migraines that you suffer from:

A headache diary can often be helpful to show your GP the number and severity of your migraines and for you to identify triggers.

Please confirm you have considered the above.

Medication for Acute Migraines

The best treatment to be taken at the start of a Migraine or headache is the following 4 medications taken together:

  • Paracetamol
  • Anti-inflammatory (eg. Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Naproxen or Diclofenac)
  • Triptan (eg. Sumatriptan or Rizatriptan)
  • Antisickness tablet if your migraines make you feel sick (eg Metoclopramide, Domperidone or Prochlorperazine)
Are you happy with your acute treatment?
What would you like to add?

Medication Overuse Headaches

Sometimes taking too many tablets for headaches can be the cause of headaches or make them worse over time. This is called Medication Overuse Headache. Taking any of the following painkillers three times a week or more puts you at risk:

  • Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Naproxen or Diclofenac
  • Paracetamol
  • Sumatripan or Rizatriptan
  • Codeine, Dihydrocodeine or Tramadol
Medication Overuse Headaches

Medication to Prevent Migraines

If you are getting frequent (over 1 per week) or severe migraines, you may wish to take a daily preventative tablet.

This will not cure your migraines but will reduce the number and severity of migraines that you get. 

When taking a daily preventative tablet you should take your acute migraine medication as normal (eg ibuprofen) when you get a migraine.

Daily preventative tablets examples:

  • Propranolol
  • Amitriptyline
  • Topiramate
  • Pizotifen
Preventative tablets
What would you like to do?
Would you like to start a preventative tablet?
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