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New migraine treatments

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Additional triptan migraine relief medications are now available from Dr Fox as tablets, melt-in-the-mouth tablets, and nasal sprays – from £7.10:

  • Sumatriptan (50mg & 10mg tablets, and 10mg-20mg nasal sprays)
  • Rizatriptan (10mg tablets & melt-in-the-mouth tablets)
  • Zolmitriptan (2.5mg or 5mg tablets & melt-in-the-mouth tablets, 5mg nasal spray)

Migraine is common in the UK, affecting about 1 in 4 women and 1 in 12 men. Triptans have been used by millions of people throughout the world for decades and are generally considered safe drugs. Triptan medication is for people under 65, who have been diagnosed with migraine, not for other types of headaches.

People experiencing frequent migraines may benefit from preventative treatments. If suffering more than one migraine per week, see your GP to discuss preventative treatment.

Read medical information and complete a medical questionnaire to order online from Dr Fox:


Comparing different triptans

Comparing different triptans
*NNT effectiveness score at 2 hours. Research doctors use NNT (numbers needed to treat) to compare effectiveness of different medications: lower number = more effective.
References
Triptan type NNT effectiveness score* Speed of symptom relief 2nd dose at 2 hours if symptoms continue 24 hour maximum Use with propranolol
Rizatriptan 10mg tablet 2.7 30 mins No 2 tablets No
Sumatriptan 100mg tablet 3.5 30 mins No 3 tablets Yes
Imigran 20mg nasal spray 3.5 15 mins No 2 sprays Yes
Zolmitriptan 5mg tablet 4.8 1 hour Yes 2 tablets Yes
Zolmitriptan 2.5mg tablet 5 1 hour Yes 2 tablets Yes
Imigran 10mg nasal spray 5.5 15 mins No 2 sprays Yes
Sumatriptan 50mg tablet 6.1 30 mins No 6 tablets Yes

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Treating migraine with Ginger

Photo of ginger root, ginger powder in bowl, and capsules of ginger powder

The effectiveness of ginger powder in the treatment of common migraine attacks is statistically comparable to sumatriptan.

Comparison Between the Efficacy of Ginger and Sumatriptan in the Ablative Treatment of the Common Migraine

This is the surprising conclusion of a 2013 medical research study (Maghbooli and colleagues).

But before all migraine sufferers rush out to stock up on ginger, there remain some unanswered questions:

Read in full

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Preventing and treating migraines

woman in office with migraineMany of us know the feeling when a headache starts to set in. You feel pressure inside your skull, your muscles are tense and light becomes annoying. The pain can become so unbearable that concentration on simple tasks seems impossible.

Most headaches are of the stress type, but migraine is different and is caused by changes in blood flow in and around the brain. Migraine can be incapacitating, forcing you to stay home from work or school and cancel all appointments. Even if you are able to identify your triggers they can still occur. Learn more about how to stave them off and what to do if you feel one coming on. Read in full

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