While I've never had to rely on Migraleve to combat a debilitating migraine, there are those that rely on the over-the-counter medication to curb the onset attacks and deal with the inevitable side effects. It's no surprise that the absence of Migraleve is leaving many sufferers to look for other medication that can provide similar relief. So, what are the best Migraleve alternatives?
To get a broader understanding of which tablets work best in the fight against the dreaded migraine, I contacted expert Professor Anne MacGregor who tells me that while there are migraine specific drugs such as sumatriptan that are available without a prescription, more often than not "adequate doses of aspirin or ibuprofen are best." Paracetamol can also be used if necessary, but isn't as effective as it is typically used to "relieve mild or moderate pain," according to the NHS.
MacGregor advises to stay clear of any painkillers containing codeine, as it can "aggravate nausea and can prolong the attack." If you're familiar with Migraleve, both variants of the medication contain codeine, but the pink tablets also contain buclizine, which is used to combat the nausea.
In any case, there are plenty of ways to combat a migraine without the use of Migraleve, even so far as going down the herbalism route with products such as Tiger Balm. To help you choose what's right for you, here's a brief rundown of the most effective alternatives to Migraleve which you can easily grab at your local pharmacy.