Common migraine drug can soon be bought without a prescription

Crippling migraines affect about five million Australians, often leaving sufferers isolated and in pain.

3/06/2020 8:00:00 PM

From early next year two anti-migraine triptan medications will be available over the counter without the need for a prescription. 9News

Crippling migraines affect about five million Australians, often leaving sufferers isolated and in pain.

Crippling migraines affect about five million Australians, often leaving sufferers isolated at home, and in pain.Thomas Magill, 21, has attacks that can last for days and said his eyes get bloodshot and his vision blurs when a migraine is coming on."Really tight throbbing in the head, typically I would get a sharp stabbing pain on the left side of my head as well," he told 9News.

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Crippling migraines affect about five million Australians.(9News)"I'm lucky I've been able to take the triptan-based medication, I can keep working and things like that."From early next year, people like Thomas, will be able to access two anti-migraine triptan medications over the counter, in small packs, without the need for a prescription.

However, there are some concerns that this could lead to overuse. The elderly and those with cardiovascular issues should also be avoiding the medication.Thomas Magill said his attacks lasted for days.(9News)"If you have a new onset headache it's probably better that you see your medical practitioner," Associate Professor Karl Ng from Sydney North Neurology told 9News.

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