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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...
Acupuncture has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years to treat pain. But until recently, scientists couldn't figure out exactly how or why it worked. They theorized that perhaps it activated the body's natural painkillers. Now researchers at the University of Michigan's Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center have uncovered a clue to at least one way that acupuncture works to help relieve pain . They found that acupuncture increased the binding availability of mu-opoid receptors in regions of the brain that process and dampen pain signals – specifically the cingulate, insula, caudate, thalamus and amygdala. In the study, fibromyalgia patients were given either traditional Chinese acupuncture or sham acupuncture treatments twice a week for a four-week period. Positron emission tomography (PET) scans were preformed during the first treatment session and again following the eighth treatment. Those patients given the rea...
Generic Name: TRAMADOL/ACETAMINOPHEN - ORALPronounced: (TRAM-a-dol/a-SEET-a-MIN-oh-fen)Tramadol-Acetaminophen Oral Uses
This product is used to treat moderate to moderately
severe pain. It contains 2 medications: tramadol and acetaminophen. Tramadol is
similar to narcotic analgesics. It works in the brain to change how your body
feels and responds to pain. Acetaminophen is used to relieve pain, and it can
also reduce a fever.
How To Use Tramadol-Acetaminophen Oral
See also Warning section.
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor,
usually every 4 to 6 hours as needed for pain relief. 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 as little head movement as
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response
to treatment. To redu...
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