Where to Find Accurate Information About Migraine Treatments & Medications
When your doctor recommends a new (or new to you) medication or treatment for your migraines, it can be overwhelming. Perhaps you've never heard of the medication or what you've heard about it has scared you. Obviously your doctor and his/her staff are a great source of information. But if you get home and want to know more, where in the world can you turn considering that Googling a migraine medication or treatment brings up thousands of results: Some good sources of information, some bad. Migraine.com itself is a great place to look up the medication or treatment. I'll share some additional resources I recommend, too.
Here at Migraine.com we have content about every medication FDA approved for migraine, such as triptans, DHE, Topamax, etc., information about many of the medications that are used off label for migraine and over the counter (OTC) medications sometimes used for migraine. We also have information about treatments commonly suggested for migraines and some of the most popular alternative and complementary therapies.
To locate these articles, go to the top of the Migraine.com website and click on "Treatment". These articles are arranged by type of medication and treatment. They provide information about what the medication/treamtent is, how it works, effectiveness, common side effects and restrictions. If you can't find something you're looking for, please let us know and we'll do our best to help you out.
National Institutes of Health
Another great sources of reliable medical information is the National Institutes of Health (NIH) website. The NIH is a branch of the US Department of Health & Human Services and has a ton of information for patients. A few of the website's highlights for patients include:
DailyMed - Up-to-date information about FDA-approved medications.
Finally, if you're interested in research regarding migraine treatments, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is a good source of accurate information. The NINDS is part of the NIH and works to reduce the burden of neurological diseases through research, education and dissemination of research findings. Vist the NINDS migraine page at: NINDS: Migraine.
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