Top 75 Migraine and Headache Questions, #32

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    I am currently having migraines daily. This has been going on for 4 months. I have tried over the counter as well as prescription medications without success. What is the current thoughts on the use of ibuprofen for the treatment of migraines? Thank You, Cynthia.


    Answer:

    Dear Cynthia;


    The occasional use of ibuprofen for mild to moderate Migraine pain seems to work well for some Migraineurs. However, frequent use of it can present a couple of problems. First, it can be very hard on the stomach. Second, it can lead to medication overuse/rebound headaches. See:

    Unfortunately, it seems that any medication we take for headache or Migraine relief has the potential to cause medication overuse headache if used more than two or three days a week.

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    Cynthia, it's time to talk to your doctor. Frequent Migraines need preventive therapy.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert



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Published On: April 09, 2007