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Migraine Medications (cont.)

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What are the side effects of migraine medications?

Triptans can cause:

  • Tingling
  • Sleepiness
  • Flushing
  • Throat and chest tightness

The most common side effect for ergotamines is nausea.

Side effects of beta-blockers include:

Calcium channel blockers can cause:

Tricyclic antidepressants are associated with:

  • Weight gain
  • Dry mouth
  • Sedation
  • Decreased libido

Other antidepressants may cause weight change and decreased libido.

The side effects of antiseizure medications depends on the specific drug:

Divalproex sodium can cause

Gabapentin may cause

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Unsteadiness
  • Fatigue
  • Visual changes
  • Dry mouth
  • Weight gain
  • Nausea
  • Constipation

Side effects of topiramate include:

  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Tingling of hands and feet
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Impotence
  • Weight loss

The side effects associated with the herbals used for migraines include burping and gastrointestinal issues.

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