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I have been taken Toradol and Vicodin for my migraines for a year now. They do help when I get really bad attacks. Are they harming by body? If so is there anything not as strong but that works? Wanda.
While Toradol and Vicodin may not be harming your body per se, they're not generally considered the best choices for treating Migraine, and there is evidence that they can, in the long run, make Migraines worse. Research has shown that any use of opioids (including Vicodin) is associated with increased risk of developing transformed Migraine. NSAIDs, including Toradol, also increase this risk if used very frequently. You can find more information on this in Transformed Migraine - Risk Increased by Some Medications .
Most doctors suggest Migraine abortive medications such as the triptans (Imitrex, Maxalt, Zomig, etc.) or ergotamines (D.H.E. 45 and Migranal Nasal Spray) should be the first treatment used for Migraine attacks and...
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