Migraine

A migraine is more than ‘just a headache’. It is a complex neurological condition that can affect the whole body, causing pain, nausea and sometimes visual disturbance (aura). It usually needs to be diagnosed by a doctor. We can prescribe effective migraine relief once you have completed a short questionnaire.

A migraine is more than ‘just a headache’. It is a complex neurological condition that can affect the whole body, causing pain, nausea and sometimes visual disturbance (aura). It usually needs to be diagnosed by a doctor. We can prescribe effective migraine relief once you have completed a short questionnaire.

About migraines

  • Migraine & its symptoms

    Migraines affect 1 in 5 women and 1 in 15 men, usually starting in early adulthood. They can last from 4-72 hours and can happen once a year or once a week. Usually diagnosed by a doctor, the types vary between a migraine with aura, migraine without aura and migraine aura without headache (silent headache).

    Common symptoms of a migraine include a severe headache that is often on one side of the head, vomiting or nausea, increased sensitivity to light, sound and smells and an aura (seeing flashing lights or opaque spots).

  • Causes & triggers

    Although no clear cause has been established, migraines are thought to be the result of temporary changes in the chemicals, nerves and blood vessels in the brain. Around 1/2 have a close relative with the condition, suggesting that genes may play a role.

    There are common triggers that can bring one on. These will vary from person to person, but can include physical and emotional stress, tiredness, missing a meal, drinking caffeine or alcohol, and foods containing tyramine (cured meats, some cheeses and yeast extracts). Also, bright lights, loud noises and changes in climate.

  • Treatments for migraine

    There are treatments available to prevent migraine, but these will need to be prescribed by your GP. An effective way to prevent migraines is to identify your triggers and avoid those.

    We can prescribe Sumatriptan or Rizatriptan to treat migraine once it has started. Taken with an anti-sickness medicine and an over-the-counter pain reliever, these treatments can help you feel better within a couple of hours.

  • Our migraine clinic

    Request a treatment and complete your consultation questionnaire. We will use this information to assess whether it is safe and suitable for you to take. If approved, we will prescribe a dosage suitable for you. Your treatment will be available for either same-day collection or delivery.

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