There are a number of treatments available for migraine with aura, including over the counter and prescription-only medications.
Many migraine medications contain analgesics (painkillers) which relieve the pain of the headache associated with migraine. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which reduce inflammation by inhibiting the production of certain chemicals in the body, are also used to treat migraine with aura. Codeine, which works by blocking pain signals to the brain, can also be used to treat the pain of migraine with aura.
Drugs to treat migraine with aura are often sold as preparations which contain a combination of drugs such as codeine, paracetamol and aspirin with other ingredients such as caffeine. You can also take drugs containing anti-emetics, which reduce the nausea sometimes associated with migraines.
Drugs called triptans have been designed specifically for migraine attacks. They work by reducing the pain signals received by the brain, which relieves the pain of the headache. They need to be taken as soon as you experience the first signs of a migraine attack.
Drugs can help to relieve the pain of the headache stage of migraine with aura, but it is also important to try to identify what may be triggering your migraines so that you can try to avoid the cause(s).