Migraine Pain Relief at Walgreens
Migraines are a type of headache that can cause mild to severe throbbing or pulsing pain in certain parts of the head. They may also include symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. While there is no absolute cure for migraines, certain products and medicines can help to relieve symptoms for some people. Over-the-counter pain medications can help ease migraine symptoms, and other products like hot or cold compresses and massaging bands may also provide relief. These products are all available for purchase online or in stores at Walgreens.
What triggers migraines?
People who suffer from migraines tend to experience recurring intense headaches that may be triggered by a variety of factors, including stress, anxiety, bright or flashing lights, hormonal changes, lack of food, or sleep issues. A family history of migraines or certain medical conditions such as anxiety and depression can increase a person’s chances of experiencing migraines. Women are also three times more likely than men to get migraines. If you are suffering from migraines, a healthcare provider can help diagnose your condition and rule out other possible issues that could be causing symptoms.
What to do for migraines
Over-the-counter pain medications can be highly effective at reducing pain for many people suffering from mild to moderate migraines. The primary ingredients in medications for pain relief include ibuprofen, aspirin, acetaminophen, naproxen, and caffeine. Many medications combine some of these ingredients to provide targeted relief from migraines.
Products such as Excedrin® Migraine combine acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine to reduce symptoms. Other products contain ibuprofen in tablet form or liquid gel capsules for quick relief. These products are available for purchase in stores or online at Walgreens. Ask a pharmacist for help choosing the best over-the-counter option for you. Be careful not to overuse over-the-counter pain medication, and speak with your healthcare provider if you are taking these medications more than two or three times per week. Some people suffering from severe migraines may require prescription medication to help prevent additional attacks, and a healthcare provider can help identify the best medication for each individual.
Additional migraine solutions
There are other products available over-the-counter that may also reduce symptoms of migraines. Cold packs and patches can provide a soothing sensation to reduce discomfort for many people. Eye masks can block bright lights while providing mild compression pressure for relief. Some masks can even be frozen to provide a beneficial cooling sensation.
Natural migraine remedies
For people who prefer natural remedies, there are organic products such as rollerball applicators containing plant-based compounds and essential oils that may provide some relief from migraine symptoms.
A Walgreens pharmacist can help you decide which product or medicine is best for you, depending on your needs and personal preferences. If over-the-counter products do not provide relief from your migraine symptoms, speak with your healthcare provider about next steps.