Any ideas on treating migraines? Ibuprofen works well for me, but I am getting an ulcer from using so much. Thanks.
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Answer by barbi316
There are many different treatments for migraines. Often doctors recommend trying a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) first, such as aspirin or ibuprofen. NSAIDs have fewer side effects than migraine drugs. You may also try to reduce the number of migraines you experience by identifying and avoiding triggers that lead to migraines.
If NSAIDs do not effectively treat your migraines, your doctor may suggest prescription drugs that treat or prevent migraines:
Certain headache drugs known as triptans (such as Imitrex, Amerge, and Axert) are often used to treat a migraine as it is starting.
Preventive headache drugs such as propranolol (for example, Inderal), divalproex (Depakote), or tricyclic antidepressants (amitriptyline or nortriptyline) are used to prevent migraines in some people who get them regularly.
Nontraditional treatments, such as acupuncture or the herb feverfew, may be added to drug treatment to help reduce headache pain or the number of migraines you experience, although more research is needed to confirm whether these alternative therapies actually work.
You may be able to reduce frequent migraines by avoiding triggers, such as certain foods, stress, and changes in your daily routine, although it is not clear how or why these events lead to migraines. Some common triggers of migraines include:
Consuming certain substances such as chocolate, monosodium glutamate (MSG), red wine, and caffeine.
Getting too much or not enough sleep.
Fasting or skipping meals.
Changes in the weather or barometric pressure.
Stress or intense emotions.
Strong odors or cigarette smoke.
Bright lights or reflected sunlight.
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Caffeine, drink coffee. Make sure you stay away from bright lights. When it gets bad, go to bed in a dark room and put a cold face cloth on your head.
Depends on whether or not hormones are part of the problem. Do you get them once a month or all the time? You may want to check out the symptoms link at dealpain.net to see if you have other symptoms of low blood sugar – or sugar imbalance of any sort – as that will definitely make migraines worse, if not cause them in the first place.
Ive been taking Hydrocodone (vicodin) for a couple weeks, works wonders on migraines although only available by prescription, and HIGHLY addictive.
You are lucky you can get away with ibuprofen for your migraines. Tylenol 3 used to work for me. Most meds seem to affect the stomach and liver though. Migraine specific meds such as imitrex, maxalt, emerge, etc. work really well. You take them at the first sign of a migraine.
Headache is a pain in the head, scalp or
neck. Headaches can becaused by minor problems like
eyestrain, lack of coffee or moreserious reasons like
head injury, brain tumors, encephalitis andmeningitis.
Taking painkillers continuously can have harmful side
effects, so it is better to modify your lifestyle. More information
I like excedrine. Works very good when I need it to.