It's confusing. Some doctors tell us to take Migraine abortive medications such as the triptans early in a Migraine attack -- during the aura if you get auras. Others say triptans won't work taken that early, to wait for the headache phase to begin. So, for those of us with Migraine with aura, when IS it best to take triptans? When the aura starts? When the pain starts? Does it even make a difference. Aurora et. al. set out to take a look at those very question. The objective of their study was "To reexamine the efficacy of terminating migraine headache by administration of sumatriptan during the visual-aura phase of the attack." Previous studies have been conflicting and confusing. It has been shown that taking triptans early in the headache phase of a Migraine attack, while the pain is mild and allodynia has not fully developed, increases the success rate of triptans for giving pain-free relief. However, previous data had also shown that taking tript...
What is the right tool for 24/7 pain? Having the right tool for the job can mean the difference between being on a roller coaster of uncontrolled pain versus being on a merry-go-round of good pain control. Pain medications have two basic methods for delivering the active ingredient: immediate release or sustained release.
Immediate release medications are designed for occasional, temporary pain because they work fast but don't last. This allows a person to use these short-acting medications like Vicodin , Lortab , and Percocet "as needed for pain" (this is a common instruction on prescription bottles). However, many people end up using quick-acting medications constantly, around-the-clock for 24/7 pain. That is like trying to use a hammer as if it were a nail. Immediate release medications are the wrong tools for the job of controlling constant pain. Because these medications wear-off so quickly, one never has a chance to stay ahead of the pain. Instead, this roller coaster...
Generic Name: HYDROCODONE/ACETAMINOPHEN - ORAL Pronounced: (HYE-droe-KOE-done/a-SEET-a-MIN-oh-fen) Vicodin ES Oral Uses
This combination medication is used to relieve moderate to
severe pain. It contains a narcotic pain reliever (hydrocodone) and a
non-narcotic pain reliever (acetaminophen). Hydrocodone works in the brain to
change how your body feels and responds to pain. Acetaminophen can also reduce
How To Use Vicodin ES Oral
See also Warning section.
Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from
your pharmacist before you start taking this medication and each time you get a
refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor.
You may take this drug with or without food. If you have nausea, it may help to
take this drug with food. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about other ways to
decrease nausea (such as lying down for 1 to 2 hours with ...
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