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Can tricyclic antidepressants help prevent migraine headaches?

Tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline, are used successfully by some individuals for preventive treatment of migraine attacks.

These medications are proved to reduce headache severity, frequency, and duration; they are often prescribed for chronic tension-type headaches.

Be aware that possible side effects include increased appetite and weight gain. People who have abnormal heart rhythms should not use tricyclic antidepressants.

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