Magnesium for Migraine, good studies?

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    What is your opinion of the benefits of magnesium supplements? s there any particular form you think is best? What kind of dose is typical?  I mentioned it to my neurologist and she said she wasn't convinced that any good studies proved a benefit. Do you have any suggestions for studies I could give her? Katie.


    Full Answer:

    Dear Katie;


    Different doctors have preferences for the type of magnesium and the dosage. We use magnesium oxide and start at 500 mg per day for a month, then increase to 500 mg twice a day. If that hasn't show results after three months, we go up to 500 mg three times a day.

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    There have been studies and a great deal of anecdotal evidence on magnesium for Migraine prophylaxis. Probably the best source to recommend to your doctor is the Episodic Migraine Prevention Guidelines released last year jointly by the American Headache Society and the American Academy of Neurology. You can find information from the guidelines with references at the end of the article in New Episodic Migraine Prevention Guidelines Released.


    If your doctor still isn’t willing to give magnesium a try, it may well be time to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. It’s important to note that neurologists aren’t necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special? If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check our listing of Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert



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Published On: September 06, 2013