Are there any migraine medications that can also be used to treat depression and/or anxiety if these conditions coexist in a patient?


A number of migraine preventive medications are classified as antidepressants so these medications can be used to treat both conditions when they coexist in a patient.


“About perhaps a third of migraine preventives are from the antidepressant family and so those can be useful for both obviously.”

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William Young

William B. Young, MD

Neurologist and Headache Specialist
Jefferson Headache Center

Dr. William Young is a world-renowned pioneer in the field of migraine. He serves as the director of the Jefferson Headache Center in Philadelphia. He instructs neurologists on headache medicine and regularly publishes research on the topic. He is board-certified in neurology, psychiatry, and headache medicine. Dr. Young is a passionate advocate on eradicating the stigma of migraine. He fights on Capitol Hill for greater funding and research on migraine. In addition to his roles at the American Headache Society and the American Academy of Neurology, he is also president of the Alliance for Headache Disorders.