Last updated: Apr 15, 2009
Biofeedback: This form of relaxation training teaches you to read your bodys responses to stress. As you become more aware of your own signalsa clenched jaw, shallow breathing, a tight neckyou learn to control them, and this results in fewer and less-severe headaches. This nondrug treatment may teach you a useful lifelong skill, but it can be a bit pricey. Formal training, which is offered at many headache clinics, can run as much as $850 for 10 sessions; some insurance programs will cover a portion of the cost. Home systems are available for as little as $100.
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Treximet: This Rx, which became available last year, combines the existing migraine medicine Imitrex with naproxen to treat migraines. Studies show the two-drug combo can be more effective than taking either medication alone, and a single dose has a longer effect.
Telecagepant: This drug blocks the receptor of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), a substance thats released during migraines. Doctors often prescribe triptans to deal with CGRP, but some people cant take them. Telecagepant is about a year away from receiving approval.