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A 21-year-old member asked:

are over-the-counter medications for migraine effective?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Yes!: Excedrin migraine and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine like ibuprofen, naproxen, Ketoprofen all work well for many people. Sometimes a little caffeine or chocolate does just the trick [unless those are migraine triggers for you!]. Talk with your doc about prevention if your headaches are frequent, severe, your meds don't work, or it's changing your life. Good luck.
Dr. Scott Sauer
Pain Management 27 years experience
Yes: They can be. Excedrine migraine can be very effective. If they do not work for you then see your doctor.
Dr. William Newton
Pain Management 19 years experience
Yes: Most headaches can be managed with otc meds. If the headaches are persistent and occurring frequently then you should have further eval and discuss with pcp. Be careful with excedrine and other meds containing caffeine. These can cause rebound headaches if taken chronically.
Dr. Georgia Latham
Family Medicine 35 years experience
For some people: Over-the-counter medications can be very effective for some migraines in some people. Many people get relief from medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Combination medications such as Excedrin Migraine or Bayer Migraine formulas, which contain aspirin, acetaminophen and caffeine are particularly effective in some individuals. For more informaition see: http://understandingmigraine.blogspot.com/

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Can eating certain foods help me avoid migraines?

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Can migraine be worse during menopause?

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Migraine and menopau: Yes it can be worse if it is triggered by hormonal changes.
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Can stress cause migraines?

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Stress migraine: Many illness exacerbations are due to or least somewhat influenced by stress. Stress in the form of worsened sleep, anxious worry, muscle tension, chronic dread, and vigilance could increase frequency and even severity of migraine. Biofeedback which coordinates relaxation, diaphragmatic breathing, and imagery is a successful treatment - for migraine and other illnesses felt to stress-related.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How can I tell if I have a migraine or just a bad tension-type headache?

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Dr. Laura Arbogast
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
None: A migraine is typically described as throbbing pain and may be associated with nausea and/or vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, or an aura (a funny taste, smell or visual disturbance that lets you know you're going to have a migraine). A tension headache is described as a vice like squeezing sensation around your head sometimes associated with stress or a lot of strain on your neck muscles.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is there an increased risk of stroke for migraine sufferers?

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Dr. Christopher Quinn
Emergency Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: According to a study in the american journal of medicine (may 20, 2010)- migraine sufferers are about twice as likely to suffer stoke. It's important to reduce your risk factors for strokes- control blood pressure, lose weight and stop smoking.

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