OTC Remedies
Symptoms Herbal/Alternative Therapy
Causes References

By: Harley Hunner, Kerry McNierney, and Anthony Apodaca

Prescription  Remedies


First introduced about 10 years ago, Imigran is useful in treating acute migraines. Imigran is classified in the Triptan group of drugs, and has further been called a Sumatriptan. It is shown to be effective against migraines if administered in the early stages of one. If a triptan is given before Cutaneous allodynia sets in, more than 9 out of 10 migraines will be successfully stopped.


Other Triptans-

Some others include Almogram(almotriptan), Relpax(eletriptan), Migard(frovitriptan), Naramig(naratriptan), Maxalt(rizatriptan), and Zomig(zolmitriptan).

The differences between the effectiveness in the triptans was fairly small, but a couple did stand out. In studies, rizatriptan and eletriptan performed the best, with almotriptan after them. Almotriptan and naratriptan had the least side effects.

Two triptans that last for a long time are naratriptan(up to 5 hours) and frovitriptan(up to 25 hours).

Some people, however, do not respond to some triptans. 80% of patients who aren't responsive to sumatriptan respond to either zolmitriptan or rizatriptan, and other evidence shows eletriptan and naratriptan to be good in response for non-reactors of sumatriptan.


Over the Counter Remedies

Some Over-the-Counter medications for treating Migraines include aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen. These two have been shown to work individually and together. Aspirin at 1000 mg, paracetamol at 1000 mg or fast-acting 200 mg have been shown to relieve some pain in 50-60% of patients, although it is not shown to consistently block cutaneous allodynia, either partially or fully.  Exedrin is an effective OTC in combatting migraines, containing 500 mg paracetamol, 500 mg aspirin and a small ammount of caffeine.


Notice: Never use prescription, Over-the-counter, or herbal remedies without first consulting a physician.


Last updated July 19, 2004
For more information contact Dr. Mary O'Connell at moconnel@nmsu.edu