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Cures Tension-type Headaches : Tricyclic Antidepressants

by Jane Sterling / Sep 25, 2017 / category : headache / 3394 views
Cures Tension-type Headaches : Tricyclic Antidepressants

Tricyclic Antidepressants

Anti-depressants can also be used to prevent tension-type headache. They include amitriptyline (Elavil), Desipramine (Norpramin), imapramine (Tofranil), Doxeprin (Sinequan), Nortryptiline (Pamelor) and protryptiline Vivactil).

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Other anti-depressants used to prevent tension-type headaches may include Prozac, Serizone, Paxil, Zoloft, Effexor, Celexa, Lexapro, Desyrel, Wellbutrin and Phenelzine. These drugs act on tension-type headaches. They may work at far lower doses and may also improve sleep, which is often disturbed in headache patients.

Antidepressants such as paroxetine (Paxil), venlafaxine (Effexor) and fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem) may produce fewer side-effects than tricyclic antidepressants but generally are less reliable in preventing headaches.

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Alpha-2 adrenergic agonists, such as tizanidine are used to help prevent tension-type headaches, as are certain opioids.

Some physicians have tried gabapentin for these headaches. NSAIDs: NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB and others) and ketoprofen (Orudis KT) may be used to manage tension-type headaches. Other Medications: There are other medications available that may prevent tension headaches. They include divalproex (Depakote) and gabapentin (Neurontin).

Muscle relaxers, such as tizanidine (Zanaflex) have also helped some patients.

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Migraine medications have also been used to prevent tension headaches, although there are few studies available that indicate how effective they really are.

Keep in mind that preventive medications usually require several weeks to build up in the nervous system before having much effect. So, if you do not see any improvements shortly after you begin taking the drug, don’t get frustrated. It may take a couple of months or longer.

And, you may need a combination of different medications for maximum effectiveness.

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