How bad does a headache have to be and how often before DHE is appropriate?

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    How bad does a headache have to be and how often before DHE is appropriate?

    Are there any short and/or long term side effects of DHE? Karen.




    Dear Karen;


    Are you asking about headaches or Migraines? DHE is a Migraine abortive medication. With the exception of Migraine-like post=traumatic headaches and perhaps a couple of other unusual exceptions, it is not used for headaches.


    When used for Migraine treatment, DHE works best when taken as soon as the headache phase of a Migraine starts rather than waiting until it gets "bad." DHE should not be used more than two or three days per week. If overused, it can cause medication overuse headache, aka rebound. You can read more about this in Medication Overuse Headache - When the Remedy Backfires.

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    Yes, DHE can have some negative long-term effects if used frequently and/or not injected properly. It can affect the blood vessels near the injection site. Talk to your doctor about this as well as when and how frequently you're using DHE.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert



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Published On: August 07, 2008