Preventive headache medications

Preventive medicines are used to avoid severe or chronic headaches, such as migraines or cluster headaches. They are not used to treat headaches after they begin.

Examples of preventive medicines are beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, antidepressants, and seizure medicines

In order for these medicines to work, you will need to take them daily even when you do not have a headache. Some people only have to take preventive medicines for a few months. Other people need to take them long-term.

Last Updated: June 30, 2009

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