Reader’s Mail: Side Effects for Cutting Back on Fioricet?

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

Triple-Combination Medication Is Best Bet for Tension Headache Relief

A recent study indicates that aspirin taken with acetaminophen and caffeine is more effective than aspirin alone.

Tension headaches are the most common form of headaches and affect more than 20% of the population. Frequently, tension headache sufferers turn to over-the-counter medications for relief.

A recent study indicates that medication containing a combination of acetylsalicylic acid, (aspirin), acetaminophen, and caffeine is more effective than acetaminophen alone. Continue Reading

Study Determines Most Effective Migraine Medications

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

Reader’s Mail: Can Chocolate Help a Headache?

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