Sleep and Medication May Help Migraine-Related Dizziness

Sleep and Medication May Help Migraine-Related Dizziness

Q. Even after a migraine attack my balance is still off, sometimes for days.  Is this a common problem? A. Dizziness and balance being off in a way that is hard to describe is not an uncommon neurological symptom that…

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Reader's Mail: Headaches Return after Taking Triptan

Reader's Mail: Headaches Return after Taking Triptan

Q. I have had a kidney removed due to cancer. Consequently, I’ve been told to avoid nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) and other pain relievers that are metabolized through the kidneys so as to not stress the remaining kidney. Acetaminophen no longer…

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Sharing My Headache Story with NHF – Carrie

Sharing My Headache Story with NHF – Carrie

I have been having headaches since I was in my early 20’s and I am now 51. So, you can tell I have been going through this for a while. I have been on various medications, both preventive and abortive….

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Waking with Headaches "Every Day without Fail"

Waking with Headaches "Every Day without Fail"

Q. For about six months I have been waking up with what are, for me, unusual headaches—at the front of my head above my eyes. They start in the very early morning between 1 am and 3 am and are…

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Reader's Mail: Preventive Medication for Migraine

Reader's Mail: Preventive Medication for Migraine

Q. I just started taking Nortriptyline.  I take 10 mg once before bed.  Is it OK to take one of these pills at a time when I start to get a headache? A. Nortriptyline is an example of a preventive…

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Migraine Preventive Goes Generic

Migraine Preventive Goes Generic

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a generic version of Depakote® extended-release tablets (divalproex sodium) at the end of July. The medication is approved to treat migraine as well as seizures and bipolar disorder. In people with migraine, it…

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Reader's Mail: Daily Headaches Returned after Ten Years

Reader's Mail: Daily Headaches Returned after Ten Years

Q. After many years with muscular tension headaches and of trying many different types of treatments, a neurologist put me on Prozac® as a preventive and it worked great. I have been on the medication approximately 10 years (I am…

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New Generation of Migraine Preventive Drugs in the Making

New Generation of Migraine Preventive Drugs in the Making

Knowing that millions of migraine sufferers could benefit from preventive treatment, researchers are searching for new drugs that can stop headaches before they start without the side effects of many current preventives. Now a new class of preventives, called gap…

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Feverfew (Tanacetum Parthenium)

Feverfew (Tanacetum Parthenium)

By Christopher Hobbs (Excerpted from the National Headache Foundation Newsletter) Feverfew is Tanacetum parthenium, a member of the daisy family. However, it is sometimes obtained under the name of Chrysanthemum parthenium. It is easy to confuse the medicinal variety of feverfew…

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