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Migraine, Drug Therapy

Edited by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu

triptans :

sumatriptan (Imitrex)

naratriptan (Amerge)

rezatriptan (Maxalt)

almotriptan (Axert)

eletrptan hydrobromide (Relpax)

Note: These drugs constrict blood vessels. They may not be suitable for people with coronary artery disease or hypertension and may not suitable for people diagnosed with yinxu condition in Traditional Chinese medicine.

beta-blockers :

Propanolol  is commonly used.

Brand names:

Betapace;Blocadren; Cartrol; Corgard; Inderal; Inderal LA; Kerlone; Levatol; Lopressor; Normodyne; Sectral; Tenormin; Toprol-XL; Trandate; Visken; Zebeta.

Note: This group of drugs may not suitable for people diagnosed with shenyangxu in Traditional Chinese medicine.

Other drugs:

Calcium channel blocker:  

Akilen; Anpec; Apoacor; Apo-Verap; Azupamil; Berkatens; Calan, Calan SR; Calaptin; Calaptin 240 SR; Cardiabeltin; Caveril; Civicor; Civicor Retard; Coraver; Cordilox; Cordilox SR; Corpamil; Covera-Hs; Dilacoran; Dilacoran HTA; Flamon; Geangin; Hexasoptin; Hexasoptin Retard; Ikacor; Ikapress; Iso-Card SR; Isoptin; Isoptin Retard; Isoptin SR; Isoptine; Isoptino; Manidon; Manidon Retard; Novo-Veramil; Quasar; Ravamil SR; Securon; Univer; Vasolan; Vasomil; Vasopten; Veracaps SR; Veracor; Verahexal; Veraloc; Veramex; Veramil; Verapin; Verapress 240 SR; Verdilac; Verelan; Verelan SR; Verpal; Verpamil; Vetrimil.

Note: This group of drugs also may not suitable for people diagnosed with shenyangxu in Traditional Chinese medicine.

Anti depressants:

Monoamine Oxidase (MAO) Inhibitors

 isocarboxazid, phenelzine, tranylcypromine


 amitriptyline, imipramine, doxepin


 trazodone, maprotiline, bupropion

Serotonin-reuptake Inhibitors

 fluoxetine HCl (Adofen; Affectine; Alzac 20; Ansilan; Deproxin; Erocap; Fluctin; Fluctine; Fludac; Flufran; Flunil; Fluoxac; Fluoxeren; Fluoxil; Fluox-Puren; Flutin; Flutine; Fluxen; Fluxil; Fontex; Foxetin; Lorien; Lovan; Margrilan; Modipran; Neupax; Nopres; Nuzak; Oxedep; Pragmaten; Prizma; Proctin; Prodep; Prozac; Prozac 20; Rowexetina; Sanzur; Sinzac; Zactin; Zepax),

paroxetine HCl (Aropax 20; Deroxat; Paroxet; Paxil; Seroxat; Tagonis),

sertraline HCl (Altruline; Atruline; Dominum; Gladem; Lesefer; Lustral; Sosser; Zolof; Zoloft)

These drugs selectively effect neurotransmitter mechanisms in the central nervous system.

Anti convulsants: 


Brand names:

Alti-Valproic; Depacon;Depakene; Depakote; Depakote Sprinkle; Deproic; Dom-Valproic; Epival; Med Valproic; Novo-Valproic

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