Studies have suggested that certain antidepressants could be used to reduce the severity and frequency of some forms of headache, including chronic migraine.
Tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline are very effective as they have an effect on the amount of serotonin and other chemicals present in the brain. Other antidepressants such as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) have not been proven to be effective for the prevention or reduction of migraine symptoms. However, other drugs such as venlafaxine (Effexor) and SNRI have shown signs of success.
These studies are ongoing and are not conclusive yet. Research is currently being carried out between patients already receiving antidepressants for depression and those who have been given medication to specifically treat their headaches. We will be sure to bring you the latest research results once they are released.
GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS FOR HEADACHE SUFFERERS
Unfortunately, it is not all good news for headache patients as antidepressants can cause other side effects that may be unwanted and which may turn out to be worse than the headaches.
Side effects vary between different medications, but can include fatigue, weight gain, dry mouth and constipation. These side effects can make it very difficult for a patient to see this treatment through.
SHOULD YOU CONSIDER TAKING A MIGRAINE PREVENTION DRUG?
Before you start to take a drug for preventing the onset or severity of your headaches, you should know that success is not guaranteed. In fact, only 10% of people who take prevention medicines are completely free from headaches.
At National Headache Institute, we have proved time and time again that it is possible to free yourself from headaches and migraine and we welcome you to our clinic for a thorough diagnosis.
WHY SEEK AN EXPERT HEADACHE DIAGNOSIS?
Headaches can be debilitating, frustrating and can take over your life. Don’t suffer in silence—we can help you to find a long term cure.
At the National Headache Institute, we specialize in treating many different types of headaches and stay on top of the latest diagnosis and treatment techniques. Speak to our team today to find out more about the use of prescription drugs and the various alternative therapies that are available.
Speak to the team today at the National Headache Institute and get personalized advice for your headaches and migraine attacks. Call us or use our contact form to book a consultation.