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Q: Why does the caffeine (in excedrin) help relieve the pain of my migraines?

Excedrin is the only otc that masks the pain - is it the caffeine? and why does that help relieve the pain?

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Nancy Harris Bonk, Community Member
3/ 5/09 9:53am

Hi mymymigraine,


Caffeine is added to drugs due for its potential to help it work faster and better. For some people, however, caffeine may trigger a Migraine attack.


An important note here -  if we take certain OTC and/or prescription medications more than two to three days a week, we may be at an increased risk of Medication Overuse Headache (MOH.) Excedrin falls into this groups as does, ibuprofen, fioricet and others. For more information continue reading: Medication Overuse Headache - When the Remedy Backfires.


Another problem  may be Transformed Migraine. This article confirms that some drugs can change our Migraine pattern.  Read this article for more information:   Transformed Migraine - Risk Increased by Some Medications.


Good luck


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