My mother started taking Sandomigran 15 years ago - 2 tablets a day to start and now she is down to 1 a day.
She doesn't get what I would call a traditional migraine but was prescribed this medication as her face kept swelling up approximately every month (she was 60). Whichever side of her face she was sleeping on swelled up and she would get a pain in the back of her neck.
After visiting several Dr's she was told by a specialist that it was a migraine and that the medication would help by thinning the blood. She hasn't had a problem since, but at 70 her memory has deteriorated - more than her peers and seems to be getting worse. She also has a lack of concentration and seems anxious often, finding it difficult to sit and relax.
I was wondering:
if the migraine diagnosis was correct,
whether the medication is appropriate and if it should be taken consistently for 15 years,
whether the Sandomigrain could develop early memory loss or any of the oth...
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