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What should I know about the specific type of preventive headache medication I'm taking?

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There are several types of preventive medications used for headache treatment. Ask your doctor what type of medication he or she is considering for you. In the chart below, you can find out brand medications and their generic counterparts.

Types of Preventive Medications

Below is a list of some of the preventive medications your doctor may ask you to try.

brand generic
Betachron E.R., Inderal, Inderal LA propranolol hydrochloride
Blocadren timolol maleate
Corgard nadolol
Lopressor, Toprol XL metoprolol tartrate, metoprolol succinate
Tenormin atenolol

Calcium channel blockers
brand generic
Calan, Calan SR, Isoptin, Isoptin SR, Verelan, Verelan PM verapamil hydrochloride
Cardizem, Cardizem CD, Cardizem SR, Dilacor XR, Tiazac diltiazem hydrochloride
Cardene nicardipine

brand generic
Orudis, Orudis KT, Oruvail ketoprofen
Advil, Midol IB, Motrin, Motrin IB, Nuprin ibuprofen
Ansaid flurbiprofen
Ponstel mefenamic acid
Aleve, Anaprox, Anaprox DS, Naprelan, Naprosyn, EC-Naprosyn naproxen sodium
Aspirin, Aspergum, Ecotrin, Empirin, Genprin, ZORprin acetylsalicylic acid
Bufferin, Tri-buffered Bufferin, Bayer, Buffered Aspirin, Asprimox, Buffex, Adprin-B, Magnaprin, Ascriptin, Ascriptin A/D acetylsalicylic acid, buffered