New guidelines for treating migraines

Posted at 6:42 PM, Apr 23, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-23 19:36:04-04

(WTVR) - New guidelines could provide relief for many migraine sufferers.

An estimated 36 million people suffer from migraines. Putting patients on daily medications, as a preventative measure, would help about 40 percent who have them frequently, but very few currently use them.

Dr. Larry Newman of Roosevelt Hospital says, "What we find when patients do go on these medications, it decreases the frequency and often the severity as well by about 50 percent...What we think the medications do is that they dampen down the brain's ability to generate the headache."

Those medications range from prescription to herbal to over the counter.

Experts caution even over the counter medications have side effects, so talk to your doctor before you start any treatment.