Acute Treatment for Migraine


There is no universal method for managing migraine, and treatment varies from patient to patient. How do you know when an acute treatment is the right treatment? Our educational resources cover different types of acute treatments (sometimes referred to as rescue treatments), treatment considerations, guidelines and more to give you the information you need to provide your patients with proven methods of relief.

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Over-the-Counter Medications

When treating migraine, there are two main forms of medication to manage symptoms: over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen, and prescription medications, such as triptans. Jessica Ailani, MD, FAHS, spoke with us about everything you should know about these therapies.

News & Articles

Research Summary: Acute Treatment of Migraine in Children and Adolescents

Headache®: The Journal of Head and Face Pain published Practice guideline update summary: Acute treatmentRead More

OTC Migraine Treatment: Q&A

Jessica Ailani, MD, FAHS, discusses working with patients and getting honest answers about their OTCRead More

How Doctors Determine Acute Migraine Treatment Plans: Q&A with Stewart Tepper, MD, FAHS

Dr. Tepper walks through what needs to be considered when determining how to treat aRead More

The Traffic Light of Headache

Simplifying Acute Migraine Management for Physicians and Patients Using the Canadian Headache Society Guidelines ARead More


Treating and Preventing Migraine

What acute and preventive medication options are there for people living with migraine? Dr. Olivia Begasse De Dhaem provides an overview of the different types of medications, from NSAIDS to triptans.

Patient Resources

Find out whether over-the-counter medications or prescription medications are better for treating your migraine symptoms.Read More

Gepants and ditans are the latest treatments for migraine. Read more on how these treatments complement and differ from existing therapies.Read More

Understanding Migraine Medications | The American Migraine Foundation

Enter your name and email for a free download of our guide: Understanding Migraine MedicationsRead More

Migraine Emergency Survival Guide | The American Migraine Foundation

Enter your name and email for a free download of our guide: Migraine Emergency Survival GuideRead More

Not every migraine treatment works for everyone. Learn how to talk to your doctor to create a treatment plan that works for you so you can get the relief you need.Read More

What to do After a Migraine Diagnosis

To help those coping with a recent migraine diagnosis, lean on this guide to show you how to communicate your needs to your support network, and more. Read More

Download our free Emergency Room Guide for migraine patients

Migraine patients may have to find alternatives migraine medication after production of Excedrin migraine discontinued until further notice.Read More

While cluster headaches can be debilitating, there are a variety of treatments that provide relief. Learn what options are available to you.Read More

How do you know you're taking the right medication for your migraine? Find out the different types of acute treatment and signs that you should try a new one.Read More

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