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What is rescue therapy for migraine headaches?

Dawn Marcus
Neurology
If your usual acute treatments don't work for a particular migraine headache, you might need a rescue therapy. Many medications can be used for rescue. Some of the more common ones are: chlorpromazine (Thorazine); a combination of isometheptene mucate, dichloral-phenazone, and acetaminophen (Midrin); and hydroxyzine (Vistaril). Opioid pain medications are often not helpful, and should be used sparingly because of a higher risk for developing rebound headaches relative to other medications.
The Woman's Migraine Toolkit: Managing Your Headaches from Puberty to Menopause (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness)

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The Woman's Migraine Toolkit: Managing Your Headaches from Puberty to Menopause (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness)

Migraines are a common, controllable type of headache that affects one in every six women, more than 20 million in the United States alone. The Woman’s Migraine Toolkit helps readers take charge of...

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