Trying to lose weight, Migraines?

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    I am trying to lose weight but I can't because if I eat less than say 2000 calories, I get a migraine. Also, when I have a migraine, if I eat more, it is the only way to help get rid of it. Any ideas? thanks, Susan.




    Dear E. Susan;


    Food intake can certainly influence the number and severity of migraines. Sometimes, missing a meal can be the trigger and, often, the opposite, or eating may stop or prevent them. So, I’m not surprised to hear your situation. There are a couple of medications called Topamax (topiramate) and Zonegran (zonisamide), which can prevent migraines and can also be associated with weight loss about 17-20% of the time. You may want to talk to your physician about different options in this regard.

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Published On: March 15, 2010