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Ocular Migraine: When to Seek Help

What is an ocular migraine? Is it a sign of something serious? Answers from Jerry W. Swanson, M.D. The term "ocular migraine" can be confusing. It generally means a headache that's accompanied by changes in vision. But the term is often used interchangeably to refer to two different conditions: migraine aura, which usually isn't serious, […]

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Migraine Treatment: Can Antidepressants Help?

My doctor prescribed an antidepressant for my migraines. Is this an appropriate migraine treatment? I don't have depression. Answers from Jerry W. Swanson, M.D. Certain antidepressants can help reduce the frequency and severity of some types of headaches, including migraines. You don't have to be depressed to benefit from these drugs. Tricyclic antidepressants, such as […]

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Migraine Medications and Antidepressants: a Risky Mix?

What are the health risks associated with taking migraine medications and antidepressants at the same time? Answers from Jerry W. Swanson, M.D. Reports suggest that combining migraine medications called triptans with certain antidepressants—including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)—may increase the risk of a serious condition called serotonin syndrome. […]

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Understanding Migraine

Overview A migraine can cause severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on just one side of the head. It's often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine attacks can cause significant pain for hours to days and can be so severe that the pain is disabling. Warning symptoms […]