Q. My migraine medicine is causing side effects. What are my options?

Answered by
Dr. Surbhi Agrawal
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 30, 2017

Hello doctor,

I am suffering from a migraine for the past five years. I took Sibelium for four years, but it caused me to put on so much weight. So, I stopped taking it. Now, I have a migraine again. What should I do?



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have gone through your query and understand your concerns.

  • A chronic migraine needs prophylactic treatment for decreasing the frequency of the migraine attacks and remission.
  • For management of a migraine, I suggest the following:
  1. Avoid fasting, skipping or delaying your meals.
  2. Avoid excessive chocolates or coffee.
  3. Take proper sleep and timely diet 
  4. Start on a prophylactic treatment.
  • The options available are Flunarizine, Amitryptiline, Topiramate, and di-valproate. You need to discuss with your treating neurologist about all these options, associated risks, and side effects.
  • The response to treatment will take about a month's time with these medications. For instant pain control, pain killers may be taken.

Hope you found the answer helpful. Do get back to me for further queries.

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