Status migraine, dizziness, betahistine?

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    been told suffering from status migraine but cant seem to get rid of dizziness taking betahistine. gemma.
     

     

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    Dear gemma,

     

    It's not uncommon to not be able to successfully relieve the associated symptoms of Status Migrainous (SM). Status Migrainous is defined by Migraine pain that continues longer than 72 hours without at least a solid four-hour pain-free period, while awake. You can read more in Status Migrainous - The Basics.

     

    What's important in SM is to abort the Migraine, not just treat the symptoms. SM can often not be aborted by taking medications at home, so it's important to call your doctor for treatment. SM is often aborted with IV medications, including IV infusion of medications often used to treat Migraines that aren't responding to the medications the patient usually takes. These medications can include magnesium sulfate, steroids, and some of the neuronal stabilizing agents (anticonvulsants). You can read more about these medications in IV Treatment of Refractory Migraine.

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    Please call your doctor about this Migraine, NOW.

     

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

     

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    Last updated July 28, 2008.

     

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Published On: July 28, 2008