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Story Updated: Apr 25, 2012
Migraines have the power to bring your day to a screeching halt. But many people don't realize the power they have to prevent them.
Roughly 30 million Americans have migraines. These aren't just painful headaches. People in the grip of a migraine may feel nauseous, have trouble seeing, and feel unable to go about their usual routine.
The American Academy of Neurology is releasing new guidelines that detail the best treatments for preventing migraines, cutting the number of episodes, and making them less severe.
The guidelines reviewed all available evidence on migraine prevention and found several medications to be effective including certain anti-seizure drugs, as well as beta-blockers, which are often used for heart problems.
But prescription medications aren't the only effective tools. According to the Academy, the herbs butterbur and feverfew and the nutrients magnesium and riboflavin may also help prevent migraines. So can the over-the-counter drugs ibuprofen and naproxen.
According to one expert involved in the new recommendations, people can slash their migraine episodes by more than half with these strategies.
If you suffer from migraines your doctor can provide expert advice on the best approach for you to take in preventing them.
I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with the news that doctors are reading; health news that matters to you.