While many people find relief from their migraine symptoms with Amerge, alternatives to the medication may also be effective for treating migraines. Some alternatives to Amerge include lifestyle changes that may help with migraines, such as getting regular exercise. Examples of drugs that may be used in place of Amerge include other triptans (such as Relpax), ergot medications (such as Ergomar), and narcotics. Alternatives to Amerge may also include drugs that help prevent migraines.
Amerge Alternatives: An Overview
There are several alternatives to Amerge® (naratriptan hydrochloride) for the treatment of migraine headaches. These alternatives include lifestyle changes and other migraine medications.
Many people with migraines can benefit from lifestyle changes to improve migraine headaches. Avoiding migraine triggers, such as certain foods or stressful situations, can help improve migraines (see Migraine Diet for more information). Biofeedback can be helpful for people with migraines. Regular exercise can also help improve migraine symptoms.
There are basically two types of migraine medications: those used to treat migraine headaches that have already started and those used to prevent them from starting in the first place. Some medications for treating migraines that have already started include:
- Triptans (other migraine medications very similar to Amerge), such as:
- Ergot medications, such as:
- Dihydroergotamine (Migranal®)
- Ergotamine (Bellamine S, Cafergot®, Ergomar®)
- Other pain medications, including narcotics or over-the-counter medications for pain.
If migraines occur frequently or are extremely severe, medication for migraine prevention is an option. Some of the medications used to prevent migraines include: