How to prevent the occurence of migraine headache?

Q. Please suggest some preventive measures for migraine headache.

Answered by
Dr. Y. Siva Roja
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 21, 2018 and last reviewed on: Aug 22, 2023

Hi doctor,

I am 35 years old. I was suffering from a migraine headache for the last 15 years. Actually, it was not continuous but I recollect the durations once every five years for three months. I was taking Sebilium every night prescribed by the doctor. Again the headache is starting now. Please suggest me any preventive measures for it. Every day I get out of bed with the fear of pain.



Welcome to

I have reviewed your query. Drugs like Sibelium (containing drug named Flunarizine) is used to prevent the occurrence of migraine attacks. Drugs like Naproxen are used to relieve the pain during attacks of a migraine or a few other kinds of headaches. You need to be checked with a physician or neurologist. Depending on the severity of symptoms after examining you, he or she may advise you to continue Sibelium night time 5 mg or 10 mg dosage or any of the other drugs like Propanolol, Amitriptyline used to prevent attacks of a migraine.

Sibelium (Flunarizine) has few side effects like increased sleep or drowsiness, weight gain, memory deficits, and dry mouth. Meanwhile, you may continue taking Naproxen 250 mg or Paracetamol during attacks of a headache.

There are few other instructions or lifestyle changes to reduce the frequency of migraine attacks like:

  1. Avoiding caffeine, chocolate or any other foods which may trigger your attacks (you need to keep a food diary mentioning any particular food related to your attacks).
  2. Sleep on time daily and have adequate sleep.
  3. Avoid stressful activities.
  4. Prefer calm and dark room without extra lights and sounds during attacks.
  5. Keep yourself hydrated.
  6. Avoid watching TV during night time before sleep, particularly with lights off, in dark (flickering light from TV may trigger attacks).
  7. Menstrual periods may trigger attacks and so be extra careful during those times.

Take care.

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