Is the side effect of normal painkillers worse than side effects of beta blockers? zahra.
There is no simple answer to this question. You're asking to compare multiple classes of medications, each with many medications within the class. Different beta blockers have different potential side effects. There are some potential side effects that these meds will have in common, but not all.
It's also unclear what painkillers you're asking about. What are "normal painkillers."
It needs to be emphasized and remembered also that side effects are POTENTIAL side effects. The majority of patients do not experience them.
We can hazard a guess that you may be asking this because your doctor has suggested a beta blocker for Migraine prevention. There are a few things to keep in mind when considering whether to start a preventive or just treat each Migraine as it occurs:
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Full Question: I am a long-term migraine sufferer with a genetic history from my father. I have been tried on Topamax which made me feel awful. Recently I was tried on Inderal which was like a miracle, I had immediate and nearly complete relief (I went from about 20 migraines a month to 2). HOWEVER, after taking 120 mg for a month my GERD got much, much worse, to the point where the Prilosec I take did not work at all. I cut down to 60 mg daily, but still had stomach trouble. I am wondering if you have any information, or ideas for getting information, on whether there is another beta blocker which does not have this side effect. I am devastated that I had such wonderful relief and am now back to many, many migraines. The research I was able to find suggested that Calcium channel blockers are actually worse for GERD. Thanks for telling me all you know! Kate. Answer: Dear Kate; Unfortunately, trial and error must usually be employed to answer such questions...
For those of us with frequent headaches or Migraine attacks, preventive medications are often a good option. Amazingly, the medications used for this purpose were all originally developed for other conditions then found to be effective as headache and / or Migraine preventives. The discovery is often made when patients taking the medications for their original purpose notice a reduction in the frequency of their headaches or Migraines. The list is ever-evolving. Even as I publish this list of medications that I've compiled, there are bound to be some that I've not read or heard about yet. When you consider the list below and the nearly endless possible combinations of these medications, it's easier to see how headache and Migraine specialists can tell us that effective preventive regimens can now be found for 95-98% of patients. It can take up to three months to know if a medication is effective for you, but with time, patience, and a good doctor, there is hope...
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