If you’re struggling with migraines, you’re not alone. More than 8.5 million people in the UK today are affected by migraines, and when they strike, the symptoms are often unbearable.
The good news is that migraines are easily treatable. Using treatments from a family of medications known as triptans, migraines can be stopped in their tracks as they start to develop.
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Imigran contains the active substance sumatriptan to effectively treat migraines.
Zomig is branded Zolmitriptan and comes in the form of tablets, orodispersible and a nasal spray.
Scientific research has yet to ascertain the precise cause of migraine headaches but it is thought that they are induced by the vessels in the brain dilating temporarily.
For some, migraines can be induced by stress, anxiety, sleep deprivation, shock, exhaustion, or poor posture. Other triggers include extreme stimulation of the senses, certain foods such as alcohol and cheese, and specific medications. Sometimes auras (signs such as seeing light-flashes, zigzags, waves, or stars) will precede a migraine as a warning.
There are three distinct types of migraines:
Migraine headache symptoms and duration vary from person to person, usually lasting between 4 to 72 hours.
There are several antimigraine cures, from painkillers such as paracetamol and aspirin to stronger 5HT-receptor agonist medication (‘triptans’), to which Sumatriptan and Zolmitriptan belong. While the painkillers work to block the sensation of pain, the triptan drugs tackle the root of the problem and contract the temporarily swollen vessels of the brain. Not only does this relieve the pain; it also removes the nausea and other symptoms associated with migraines.
It depends on the severity and regularity of your migraines. You may find some medicines are more effective than others and some can be taken with or without migraine auras. We recommend that you consult your GP if you are uncertain.
A headache is usually characterised by a dull pain on both sides of the head and can remain from 30 minutes to several days. On the other hand, a migraine is normally associated with further symptoms including nausea, a severe throbbing pain to the front or one side of the head, vomiting and sensitivity to light. They can persist longer than tension headaches; up to 72 hours.
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