Nasal Spray

Nasal treatments deliver medication into the body through the blood vessels that line the nostrils. The drugs going into the nose are distributed throughout the body via the bloodstream. These types of medications send a mist of medication into the nostrils when the user pumps a small hand-held pump.

Migraine nasal spray medications

People who suffer from severe migraine headaches want fast-acting relief from the pain and other migraine symptoms. When the medication is delivered intranasally – through the nostrils – relief can come much faster than waiting for a pill to be dissolved, digested and distributed throughout the body.

Different Nasal Sprays for Migraines

The following is a partial list of medications that are available as nasal sprays:

Some of the nasal spray medications are specifically approved to treat migraines and others are U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved to fight pain, but not specifically for migraines. Drug makers can only promote or advertise a drug’s approved uses, however, once a medicine is on the market in the U.S. doctors may prescribe it for any use.


Side effects of Nasal Sprays

Some people who use migraine Nasal Spray medications experienced the following side effects:

  • Changes in the sense of taste
  • Dry mouth
  • Tingling sensation, skin sensitivity, especially around the nose
  • Pain, pressure, and tightness sensations (such as in the nose, throat, or chest)
  • Drowsiness, weakness, and dizziness
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Sore nose or throat
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Burning feeling or numbness in or around the nose
  • Vertigo

Who should not migraine nasal spray medications

Most of these medications should not be taken if you are pregnant, may become pregnant or if you are nursing.

You must read the warnings and contraindications section for each individual medication to learn if you should avoid the drug and learn what you should discuss with your doctor.

Written by: Otesa Miles | Last review date: November 2010
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