Full Question: What is the difference between a beta blocker and a calcium channel blocker? I think I have those terms right. Anyway, I was on Nadolol but am being switched to a calcium channel blocker, as I had a bad esophageal spasm and they say this will help both migraines and the spasms. Thanks. Answer: Hello; These blockers affect, or inhibit, different neurotransmitters that control the diameter of blood vessels, among other things they do. Both are used for migraine prophylaxis and many other clinical conditions. When they work, they work! Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert About Ask the Clinician : Dr. Krusz is a recognized expert in the fields of headache and migraine treatment and pain treatment. Each week, he and Lead Expert Teri Robert, team up to answer your questions about headaches and Migraines. You can read more about Dr. Krusz or more about Teri Robert . If you have a question for this section of our site, please click HERE . Accepted quest...
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:
There is now evidence that Migraine is a prog...
Type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes, is an autoimmune disease. Without injected insulin, people who have diabetes cannot survive. Insulin was invented in 1928 changing our lives from a death sentence to someone living with diabetes. It is a little mind numbing to think about! The 1928 research team's discovery awarded them with a Nobel prize for science. But since the invention of insulin, what science has impacted those of us living with diabetes in the same way?
It would seem that somewhere between 1928 and today something huge, like a cure for diabetes, should exist. We are looking for a cure for diabetes and we want it now, but this disease is a big one to unravel! If one autoimmune disease were cured chances are the rest would be helped by the same protocol! To give you a perspective of how many diseases are now linked to the autoimmune system, check out the front page of HealthCentral.com . Of the diseases ...
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