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Can preventative drugs block headaches?

When patients experience headaches frequently, they can sometimes benefit from drug treatments that are designed to prevent headaches from even starting. Four drugs have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for this purpose to prevent migraines. When conventional preventative drugs do not work, certain antidepressant drugs might be prescribed instead.

The antidepressants are thought to work by affecting the serotonin in the brain. Preventative treatments, however, do not always works so it is wise to have acute treatments ready in case you need them.

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