Migraines are never a friendly visitor. They come at the worst of times - a painful throbbing pulsation on one side of the head that generally affects your whole day. They do not come alone. They are usually followed with other unpleasant symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, visual problems, and increased sensitivity to light or sounds. Most of them last days, a lot longer than your average headache, but way more debilitating.
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Many triggers can kickstart your migraine:
- Hormonal changes in women: This is linked to menstrual migraines.
- Drinks: Too much caffeine and alcohol is a well-known migraine trigger. So if you’re like me, a caffeine addict, it might be time to start thinking of switching to decaf.
- Stress: Another one of the classic triggers. Try and keep stress free or minimize stress to help reduce the frequency of migraines.
- Medication: Oral contraceptives and vasodilators can aggravate migraines.
- Sleep changes. Lack of sleep, too much sleep or jet lag can trigger migraines. If possible, try and regulate your sleep cycle and keep a routine.
- Food: Cheese and salty processed foods, the best types of food, are sadly other triggers of migraines.
But what can you do to help when you have a migraine. If you’re a regular migraine sufferer, you probably have a full proof routine to help you deal with the attack. If you’re a migraine novice, you’re probably desperate to find some relief. Have you ever heard of anti-nausea medication? Yes, it can help combat motion sickness, but it can also treat nausea and sickness experienced with migraines.
Anti-nausea medication, also known as anti-emetics, will help with the nausea and upset stomach usually experience with migraines. Sadly, it won’t do anything for the pain but can help ease the uneasy feeling. Helping soothe this aspect of the migraine can make it more bearable.
There are many types of anti-nausea medications, some available over-the-counter. At Medzino, you can make an easy online consultation with the click of a button, answer a few questions, and get the medication straight to your door.
Just like most other medication, anti-nausea medications can be taken by mouth with some water. Before taking the medication, it is important to make sure you’re taking the right medication. The doctor will give you advice on which type is best for you. He will also ask about other medications you’re taking to make sure there are no drug interactions.
If you start feeling nausea, take the anti-nausea medication as soon as you feel this coming on. If you’re prone to throwing up with the migraine, take the anti-nausea medication at the same time as the other medications to help keep the other medications down.
Anti-nausea medications usually do not have any serious side-effects and are safe for most. But if you fall under this category, anti-nausea medications might not be for you. If you have these problems, you should avoid anti-nausea medications:
- Kidney problems
- Stomach issues
- High blood pressure
- Certain cardiac conditions
- Pregnant or trying to conceive
Be open and honest with your doctor about any conditions you have.
Some common anti-nausea side effects include:
- Involuntary muscle contractions
- Leg aches
- Upset stomach or diarrhea
- Uncontrollable muscle movements
- Sensitivity to light
Do not operate any heavy machinery or drive after taking this medication but let’s be honest, that’s the last thing on your mind when you have a migraine. These medications help soothe the sickness and nausea but not the pain. If you want some pain relief, you can try some over-the-counter medications like Paracetamol and Ibuprofen. If that does not work, there are some stronger prescription medications available, such as triptans.
Check out the anti-nausea medications we offer at Medzino and sign up for a 2-minute consultation to get more information and advice. Don’t suffer without help! These medications can provide relief and help you deal with that attack.
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- Mayo Clinic. Migraine - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic.
- Reisman S. Treating Acute Migraines: Triptans vs. Antiemetics Treating Acute Migraines: Triptans vs. Antiemetics. The Science Journal of the Lander College of Arts and Sciences The Science Journal of the Lander College of Arts and Sciences.