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Antiseizure Medicines

As their name indicates, antiseizure medicines (also called anticonvulsants) are used to treat seizure disorders. Many of these medicines may also be helpful for treating chronic pain, especially certain types of nerve pain (neuropathic pain) and fibromyalgia.
 
The FDA has approved several antiseizure medicines for treating certain types of nerve pain, including:
   
However, using antiseizure medicines to treat chronic pain is generally considered an "off-label" use, which refers to prescribing a medicine to treat a condition it is not approved to treat. Off-label use can be safe and effective, as long as it is supported by science. 
 

Migraine Medications

Migraine headaches are one type of chronic pain that can be effectively managed with nonmedication approaches. People who experience migraines may be able to reduce the number of headaches they have through lifestyle changes, by recognizing and avoiding things that trigger their migraines, learning relaxation and stress-reduction techniques, and getting regular exercise.
 
When a migraine headache does occur, it is usually treated with one of a group of medicines commonly referred to as "triptans." Examples of triptans include sumatriptan (Imitrex®), almotriptan (Axert®), naratriptan (Amerge®), and zolmitriptan (Zomig®). Triptans are specifically used in the treatment of migraine headaches, and are not useful for other types of pain.
 
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