Full Question: I have had migraines for the past 30 years. My latest medication was Imitrex and Tylenol Extra Strength. However, a month ago I started taking antihistamine, and have only had one migraine since starting, which is like a miracle to me. Since I am hypo-thyroid, this last week I feel all the symptoms of low thyroid and am associating this with the anti-histamine and will have to stop. My question is how come the antihistamine would work so well at controlling my migraines and is there something else I could replace it with? Answer: Hello; Have you have your thyroid functions checked recently? The way you feel may not have anything to do with the antihistamine. If antihistamines help a headache pattern, it may just be coincidental or they often will not help for an extended period of time. Tylenol (over)use can lead to rebound type headaches, which may develop over time. For the time being, if the antihistamine is working fairly well, you might want to go with it. Just don&...
Medications Thyroid Hormone Replacement The goal of thyroid drug therapy is to provide the body with replacement thyroid hormone when the gland is not able to produce enough itself. A synthetic thyroid hormone called levothyroxine is the treatment of choice for hypothyroidism. This drug is a synthetic derivative of T4 (thyroxine), and it normalizes blood levels of TSH, T4, and T3. Brand Names . A number of levothyroxine brands are available. Synthroid is the oldest brand and has been used for over 40 years. In the past, manufacturers of levothyroxine did not need to meet as strict standards as in the production of other drugs. This resulted in thyroid products with varying quality. The FDA has issued stronger requirements that have largely corrected this problem. Generics versus Brand-Name Products. Generic brands are available and are subject to the same FDA guidelines as brand-name products. There is still debate over whether generic thyroid preparations are as effective as brand products...
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I have excruciating headaches from morning to night. I also have
hypothyroidism. While I am been treated with T3 at this stage, my TSH is still
not regulated. Last results showed TSH >73 mIU/L. Could this be partly
responsible for the headaches? Fiona.
Simply put -- it's possible. We often find that thyroid levels play a
significant role in headache and Migraine disease. Still, you should mention
this to your doctor and take care not to use either prescription or over-the
counter pain relievers more than two or three days a week to avoid medication
overuse headache .
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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