Migraine and caffeine has long been a complicated relationship. While caffeine has been used to treat acute migraine, there is also evidence that too much of it can be a bad thing for migraine patients. More studies have been done to further complicate this issue.
A recent study suggests abstinence from caffeine can lead to more effective acute treatment. Continue Reading
Q. I have been on Fioricet for 2 years. I had been taking 6 tablets a day. My physician recommended that I cut back, due to rebound headache, every 4 days. I have now cut back to 3 tablets, and I’m experiencing extreme drowsiness and agitation. I was told it’s not a side effect. Do you have any recommendations for alternative medication(s) that I can try? Also, I would like to know if you’ve ever heard of anyone else experiencing these types of side effects. Continue Reading
Several medications were recently deemed the most effective for treating acute migraine, including triptans, dihydroergotamine (DHE), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), butorphanol nasal spray, and the combination medication of sumatriptan/naproxen and acetaminophen/aspirin/caffein). Several other migraine medications were considered “probably effective” or “possibly effective.” Continue Reading
Q. Is there a study about how eating chocolate can help a headache? I have never really liked eating chocolate, but recently when I had a headache and upset stomach and medication didn’t fully take away the pain or the upset stomach, I tried a chocolate candy bar and started feeling better. So that’s why I’m asking. I suffer from cluster migraines and have for nearly 35 years. Continue Reading