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What's the difference between acute and preventive medicines for migraines?

Dawn Marcus
Neurology
Acute headache treatments are used to treat infrequent migraine headaches -- which occur no more than two days per week -- and help reduce the pain and other symptoms occurring with a specific headache episode.

Prevention headache treatments are used to treat frequent migraine headaches -- which occur regularly 3 or more days per week -- and help reduce future headache frequency and severity. Preventive medications are usually taken on a daily basis.
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)

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