Only a small number of migraine sufferers take preventative medication, but a new study shows taking over the counter pain medicine could cut the rate significantly. The Quality Standards Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society released data analysis on April 24 looking at ten years of migraine sufferers.
"About 38% of people with migraine headaches could benefit from prevention, but less than a third of them use them," guideline author Stephen D. Silberstein, MD said.
"If your migraines are severe, there's hope for you, and the medicines work," added Silberstein.
Preventative medicines include the anti-seizure drugs Depacon (valproate sodium), Depakote (divalproex sodium) and Topamax (topiramate).
Other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and homeopathic treatments include petasites, a herb also known as butterbur; NSAIDs including fenoprofen, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, naproxen and naproxen sodium; histamine shots, which are a common allergy/asthma treatment; Magnesium, a mineral; MIG-99, a herb also known as feverfew; and, Riboflavin or vitamin B12.
by RTT Staff Writer
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