The role of medication in headache

The triptan group of medications (imigran is one example) are frequently given for migraine headaches. Their action is to desensitise the brainstem, which is how they can abort a migraine.

When the Watson Headache Approach to treatment is applied, it has a similar desensitising effect, except this is a long term effect.

One of the ways that you can measure the effectiveness of the treatment is by your need for medication – the majority of patients require less headache medication. For some people, medications that have stopped helping become effective again, so that stronger medication is no longer needed.

If you would like to reduce your reliance on medication for your headaches, the Watson Headache Approach may be what you are looking for.