The right migraine treatment for you

If you have been treating your own headaches and you think they aren't as well controlled as they could be, perhaps it's time to explore other options.

If you're not sure what kind of headaches you have, talk to your doctor. There are several types of headaches, and treatment varies. If you already know that you have migraines, fill out the Migraine Assessment of Current Therapy (MACT) questionnaire to evaluate how effective your current treatment is. It's very brief (just four yes/no questions), and it can be found in our Migraine health channel information resources. One or more "no" answers may suggest that you a change in treatment should be considered. The more times you answer "no," the more a change in treatment may be needed.

If you need to change treatments, the good news is that you have many options. There are a variety of new medications developed specifically for migraine treatment. They are available as tablets, rapid-dissolve tablets, injections, and nasal sprays.

With so many medications available, it's easy to find one that meets your needs. Some medications have special features that you may find convenient. For example, some medications can be taken without water anytime, anywhere (such as the rapid-dissolve tablets), and others start to work quite quickly (fast onset). Talk to your doctor about your treatment needs and preferences, and your doctor can help you find the medication that's right for you. Try using the Doctor Discussion Guide, available in our Migraine health channel information resources, to help you prepare for your visit to the doctor.

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