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Ask the Expert: Seasonal Changes and Migraine

Question: I dread the springtime because my migraine attacks get more frequent and much worse in intensity. What do you recommend? Is there something I can do to lessen the severity? Thanks, Susan Answer: Unfortunately allergic rhinitis and asthma are very common…

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John’s Migraine Relief Story

I’m free of migraines so far for five years.

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Reader's Mail: Exertional Headaches Require Professional Evaluation

Reader's Mail: Exertional Headaches Require Professional Evaluation

Q. I get headaches whenever I lift any weight above my head or strain my shoulder muscles in any way with weight lifting. What do you recommend that I do? A. Your headaches likely represent exertional headaches. These headaches are typically throbbing…

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Reader's Mail: Other Ideas for Treating Migraine

Reader's Mail: Other Ideas for Treating Migraine

Q. I have had migraines for over 20 years. For many years now I have been on a beta-blocker for preventive therapy as I failed to tolerate Imitrex® or Topamax®. My headaches usually begin after excessive stress and fatigue, but…

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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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Catapres

Catapres

Catapres is the tradename for an alpha agonist, antihypertensive drug generically known as clonidine. This medication is sometimes confused with the anti-anxiety medication Klonopin. In Europe its commercial name is Drixarit®. European studies have shown it effective in the prevention…

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Beta Blockers

Beta Blockers

The use of beta blockers for the treatment of migraine began in the late ’60’s, when by accident migraine sufferers being treated for cardiovascular disease found that their migraine attacks lessened. Further research in the ’70s led to propranolol being…

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Corgard

Corgard

Corgard (nadolol) is a beta-blocker that is sometimes effective in the prevention of migraine. Although it is not FDA approved for headache treatment, some studies have shown Corgard to be very effective in decreasing the frequency, duration and severity of…

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Chronic Migraine

Chronic Migraine

Chronic migraine best characterizes those patients with a history of migraine who experience headache more than half the time. This condition was previously called Transformed Migraine. However, transformation requires that the sufferer recall precisely how their headaches have changed over…

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Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

High blood pressure is called the “silent killer,” because there are few physical symptoms of high blood pressure. However, hypertension can be a major cause of heart attacks and strokes. High blood pressure can cause headache, but in general is…

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