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Vestibular migraine treatment

Updated July 19, 2017

Vestibular migraine has also been referred to as migraine-associated vertigo, migrainous vertigo and migraine-associated dizziness. Vestibular migraines are characterised by severe vertigo, which can last from minutes to days. Treatment options are the same as for other types of migraines. Motion sickness medications are also used to help with the vertigo.

Symptoms

The predominant symptom is vertigo. People feel as if they are moving or the environment around them is moving. Other symptoms include imbalance, nausea, visual vertigo (vertigo caused by movements or scenery), and head motion intolerance.

Triptans

Triptans are one treatment option. Triptans narrow blood vessels in the brain, thus reducing swelling and head pain. Medication options include Treximet, Imitrex, Frova, Axert, Relpax, Amerge, Maxalt and Zomig.

Vertigo Suppressants

Vestibular suppressants are medications that help reduce motion sickness or eye movements. Medications that can be used include Antivert, Ativan, Klonopin, Dramamine, Valium and Elavil.

Anti-Nausea Medications

Anti-nausea medications, also known as anti-emetics, can also be used to help treat vestibular migraine symptoms. Some of the most commonly prescribed medications include Reglan, Zofran, Compazine and Phenergan.

Sleep

A simple treatment option is sleep. Sleep helps reset the body and allows people to ride out and recover from migraines. Many of the vestibular suppressants and anti-emetics have sedating effects.

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Heath Dingwell is a freelance copywriter based out of Litchfield, Conn. With five years of copywriting experience, Dingwell is a contributing author on four books, and the sole author of two other books due to be published in 2010. Each of these books deals with medical or mental health issues. Dingwell holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Washington State University.