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Drugs used in migraine prophylaxis

Marcello Cherchi M.D. Ph.D., Chicago IL. Page last modified: December 17, 2016

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The following incomplete list includes various medications, all of which have been discussed in the medical literature, and each of which has been asked about by patients at some point.  The list contains some comments regarding our prescribing practices, but we do not endorse any particular drugs.

Alpha-adrenergic agonists

Chemical name:                 Clonidine

Chemical name:                 Guanfacine

Chemical name:                 Tizanidine

Beta-adrenergic antagonists

Chemical name:                 Metoprolol

Chemical name:                 Nebivolol

Chemical name:                 Propranolol

Calcium channel blockers

Chemical name:                 Verapamil

Angiotensin modulators

Chemical name:                 Candesartan

Chemical name:                 Lisinopril

Antidepressants

Chemical name:                 Amitriptyline

Chemical name:                 Fluoxetine

Chemical name:                 Venlafaxine

Antiepileptic drugs

Chemical name:                 Divalproex sodium

Chemical name:                 Gabapentin

Chemical name:                 Topiramate

Chemical name:                 Levetiracetam

Nutritional supplements

Chemical name:                 Magnesium oxide

Chemical name:                 Riboflavin (vitamin B2)

Others

Chemical name:                 Butterbur (Petasites hybridus)

Chemical name:                 Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)

Chemical name:                 Memantine

 

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