Acute Relief for Mild-to-Moderate HeadachesPeople who get occasional mild-to-moderate migraines may benefit by taking certain medicines at the start of an attack. Your healthcare provider can recommend one of several medications. Some are available over the counter; others require a prescription.
Some examples of medications used for the treatment of infrequent migraines that are mild-to-moderate in severity include:
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol®)
- Aspirin (Ecotrin®, Bayer®, Anacin®)
- A combination of aspirin, acetaminophen, and caffeine (Excedrin® Extra Strength, Excedrin® Migraine)
- A combination of isometheptene mucate, chloralphenazone, and acetaminophen (Midrin®, Migratine®)
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Motrin®, Advil®, Advil® Migraine) or many others, including:
- Celecoxib (Celebrex®)
- Naproxen (Naprosyn®) or naproxen sodium (Aleve®, Anaprox®, Naprelan®)
- Diclofenac (Cataflam®, Voltaren®)
- Etodolac (Lodine®, Lodine® XL)
- Flurbiprofen (Ansaid®)
- Indomethacin (Indocin®, Indocin SR®)
- Meclofenamate (Meclomen®)
- Meloxicam (Mobic®)
- Nabumetone (Relafen®)
- Oxaprozin (Daypro®)
- Piroxicam (Feldene®).
During a migraine headache, temporary relief can sometimes be obtained by applying cold packs to the head or by pressing on the bulging artery found in front of the ear on the painful side of the head. Stress management techniques, such as relaxation and massage, can also help limit pain.