Getty ImagesWhen the pounding in your head starts to interrupt your life, it’s time to talk to a doctor about what your options are.

Treatment for chronic migraines can be split into two categories: preventative treatments and acute (also called “abortive”) treatments, which help to stop a migraine in its track when they do occur.

“Most people with chronic migraines are taking both a preventive medication and have an acute medication to use as needed,” according to Mason Dyess, DO, a general neurology and headache medicine physician at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans.

Preventive medicines are “medicines that you would take scheduled on a daily basis or injections on a monthly basis,” Dr. Dyess explains. “Whatever your regimen is, it’s helping you actually prevent headaches from occurring.”

Blood pressure medications, like beta-blockers, can be “very effective” at preventing migraines, Dr. Dyess says. We typically start out at doses lower than a typical patient would use for actual blood pressure.

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