9/10/07 #7 - Could CoQ10 help 16-year-old daughter's Migraines?

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    My 16-year-old daughter has been having migraines since age 12. At first they were infrequent but the last 2 yrs. they are becoming as often as 1 or 2 times a week. She has seen a pediatric neurologist and a neurologist. She has had CAT scan, MRI and EEG all normal. What can we do? She misses lots of school. We've tried Topamax, Neurontin, Trazadone, Imitrex and Zomig. They give some relief but doesn't seem to be enough. Could CoQ10 help? I'm ready to try just about anything. Thanks, Mary G.

     

     

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    Dear Concerned Mom;

     

    Coenzyme Q10 is showing promise as a Migraine preventive, so it's worth discussing with your daughter's doctor. At an American Headache Society meeting, research was presented showing 300 mg per day to be effective. I recommend using it in the sofgels as it's reportedly less effective once it's powdered to make tablets or capsules.

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    Given the doctors she's already seen, it sounds like time to move on to a Migraine specialist for her. She's old enough not to need a pediatric specialist now. Since these specialists treat only headache and Migraine, they get far more experience and more specific training than general practice neurologist. The link to our directory of recommended specialists is below.

     

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

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Published On: September 09, 2007