One of the best methods to prevent a migraine is to avoid your particular triggers and other general measures such as staying hydrated, getting quality sleep, not skipping meals, quitting smoking, reducing stress and exercising regularly. When these measures are not able to prevent or decrease the frequency of your migraine attacks, you may be a candidate for preventative medications. These preventative medications are usually taken daily and are not to be used for the treatment of an acute episode of migraine. Choosing medications for preventive therapy of migraines can be a complex process and is best accomplished in consultation with your neurologist. Preventative treatment may be required for 6 to 12 months or longer. The overall goal of preventative migraine treatment is to take fewer drugs, avoid harsh side effects and have better control of the condition.

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