Reader's Mail: Choose Anti-Depressants Carefully for Migraine Prevention

Reader's Mail: Choose Anti-Depressants Carefully for Migraine Prevention

Q. I have had migraines for approximately 20 years. I have bad months in which I have 6-10 days of headaches. The last month has been better since I started on Topamax for migraine prevention. However, I am feeling anxious…

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Janet Jackson Puts Rare Form of Migraine in the News

Janet Jackson Puts Rare Form of Migraine in the News

Musician Janet Jackson was recently in the news for interrupting her music tour due to attacks of vestibular migraine, a rare form of migraine marked by dizziness as its primary symptom, rather than pain. Migraine sufferers often experience dizziness, but…

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Reader's Mail: Can Preventive Treatment for Migraine Be Eliminated Over Time?

Reader's Mail: Can Preventive Treatment for Migraine Be Eliminated Over Time?

Q. My wife suffers from fairly regular migraine headaches and nausea. The doctor prescribed a course of antidepressants, which really help, but she doesn’t like relying on medication and doesn’t take them regularly. The doctor said she should take them…

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Standards of Care for Headache Diagnosis and Treatment

Standards of Care for Headache Diagnosis and Treatment

Almost 40 million Americans experience migraines, yet only about 48 percent who have the symptoms of migraine actually receive a proper diagnosis. Migraine is a chronic neurologic disorder characterized by recurring attacks of head pain and associated symptoms such as…

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Ask the Pharmacist: Off-Label Prescribing – Why Drugs Ranging From Antidepressants to Anti-Seizure Medications are Used for Headache Management

Ask the Pharmacist: Off-Label Prescribing – Why Drugs Ranging From Antidepressants to Anti-Seizure Medications are Used for Headache Management

All questions answered by:  Richard Wenzel, PharmD Diamond Headache Clinic Inpatient Unit St. Joseph’s Hospital, Chicago, IL When educating headache patients, I commonly encounter questions regarding the use of medications designed for an illness other than headache. “Why did my…

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Reader's Mail: Hair Brushing Hurts

Reader's Mail: Hair Brushing Hurts

Q. For the past two weeks I have been getting a weird symptom and I can’t seem to find out what it is. Every time I gently touch or brush a certain part of my hair along my head, I…

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