Migraine treatment typically falls into two categories: pain-relieving medications, which are taken during a migraine attack, or preventive medications, which are taken regularly to reduce the number of migraines or severity of migraine symptoms.
Pain Relieving Migraine Treatment Medications
- Analgesics and NSAIDs – these are nonspecific pain medications, which may be used to treat pain throughout the body, including headaches and migraines. Analgesics and NSAIDs are best for the treatment of mild migraines. Popular options include aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen.
- Ergotamine – There are several different formulations of ergotamine, which affect serotonin levels, for the treatment for migraines.
- Triptans – There are seven different triptans, which work by constricting blood vessels and blocking pain pathways in the brain. Triptans can be given as a pill, nasal spray, or injection.
Preventive Migraine Treatment Medications
- Cardiovascular medications – the same beta blockers that are used to treat high blood pressure may also be used to treat migraine symptoms, or as a preventive measure.
- Anti-depressants – these medications may reduce the frequency of migraines by affecting certain brain chemicals, even in people who do not suffer from depression.
- Anti-seizure medications – these medications may reduce the frequency of migraines, even in people who do not suffer from a seizure disorder.
Migraine Treatment from Association of Alexandria Radiologists
Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block (SPG) is a new type of migraine treatment from the Interventional Radiologists of Association of Alexandria Radiologists. During the procedure, fluoroscopic guidance is used to guide a SphenoCath™, a small tube, into the patient’s nose. Medication is delivered through the tube to the mucus membrane over the sphenopalatine ganglion.
The SPG block migraine treatment is fairly simple and may provide:
- Significant decrease in migraine pain
- Decreased pain from subsequent migraines
- Decreased need for medications to control migraine pain
- Less visits to the ER for migraine treatment
Schedule a Consultation for Migraine Treatment
If you suffer from migraines and would like to learn more about the SPG Block for migraine treatment, call our office to schedule a consultation with an interventional radiologist.