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Is esgic (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) plus effective for migraine type headaches?

Is  esgic (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) plus effective for migraine type headaches?

Not always.: First, it depends on the cause of the headache, since it contains acetaminophen, caffeine, and a barbiturate. Its official indication is for severe tension headaches. There are other medicines that would be better for migraine treatment. If your headaches are severe, please see your doctor for diagnosis and any needed treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Migraine (Definition)

A type of headache that is associated with throbbing localized pain and usually causes light ...Read more


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Will Excedrin migraine work for ongoing migraine?

Will Excedrin migraine work for ongoing migraine?

Maybe: It might help and will not cause any issues to try. It is just over the counter medications that benefit some people with migraines and is seen as an abortive medication. If it does not, then you will have to consider prescription medications, such as triptans or ergots that can be more effective for abortive therapy. Excedrin migraine does work very well for some people, and others it does not. ...Read more

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Can you prescribe stadol for migraine headaches?

Can you prescribe stadol for migraine headaches?

Visit your doc: Stadol is a syntheitc opioid analgesic. Unfortunately we can't prescribe that through healthtap. You will have to request it from your regular physician as it does have abuse potential. ...Read more

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Is esgic (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) a good medication for severe headache?

Is esgic (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) a good medication for severe headache?

Not always.: First, it depends on the cause of the headache, since it contains acetaminophen, caffeine, and a barbiturate. If your headaches are severe, please see your doctor for diagnosis and any needed treatment. ...Read more

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How many triptans (relpax, imitrex, (sumatriptan) etc.) can you take per month for migraines?

How many triptans (relpax, imitrex, (sumatriptan) etc.) can you take per month for migraines?

Depends.: The first issue that must be addressed is whether triptans are effective. Once that is established, your physician will determine the appropriate usage based on the specific triptan chosen. Secondly, patients that require triptans frequently as abortive care for migraines, are likely better served by transitioning to prophylactic medications to prevent the onset of migraines. ...Read more

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Can taking exedrin for migraines increase frequency of migraines? 

Can taking exedrin for migraines increase frequency of migraines? 

Definately: Especially if you are doing this every day. This can cause a condition sometimes called transformed migraine or rebound headaches which are actually harder to treat than the initial problem. You need to get on preventive meds and stop chasing the headaches with ibuprofen. ...Read more

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Will topamax (topiramate) and esgic plus work for tension headaches?

Will topamax (topiramate) and esgic plus work for tension headaches?

Different Goals: Topamax (topiramate) is used to prevent headaches-esgic is used as a rescue drug when the headaches occur. If the esgic is used regularly, it can trigger medication overuse headaches which become more difficult to treat than the original headache. ...Read more

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How many mg of topamax (topiramate) is good for migraines?

How many mg of topamax (topiramate) is good for migraines?

100 mg: 100 mg daily is the typical dose for adults with an efficacy of 50% in reducing migraine days by 50% or more. ...Read more

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Is fiorcet ok for migranes?

Is fiorcet ok for migranes?

Yes: Even though it has fda approval for tension headaches, it can also be used for migraine ha. Not my first choice. Imitrex (sumatriptan) is more effective. ...Read more

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Is fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) good for anxiety too?

Is fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) good for anxiety too?

Not an indication: Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) contains acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine. Butalbital is a barbiturate - that is pretty hard core for anxiety. Caffiene can ^ anxiety in some. ...Read more

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Is fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) good for post concussion syndrome?

Is fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) good for post concussion syndrome?

May be: It is preferable to use other preventative medications for headaches in this syndrome and there are multiple choices. However if others do not help or insurance coverage is a big hindrance and Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) works then it is valuable and here benefits far outweigh risks. ...Read more

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Is esgic (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) an effective pain reliever other than for headaches?

Is esgic (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) an effective pain reliever other than for headaches?

Yes: Esgic, (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) also known by the name Fioricet contains butalbital (a barbiturate), caffeine and acetaminophen. It can help for pain other then headache. You have to be very cautious with barbiturates however. They can cause significant CNS depression. And if used too often can cause rebound headaches. It would be safer to use Acetaminophen or an NSAID alone. ...Read more

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Can the headache medicine fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) be addictive?

Can the headache medicine fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) be addictive?

Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine): Yes , yes it can be very addictive it has butalbitol in it. ...Read more

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I have very severe migraines. Will fiorinal with codeine (aspirin butalbital caffeine and codeine) help?

I have very severe migraines. Will fiorinal with codeine (aspirin butalbital caffeine and codeine) help?

Yes and no: Fiorinal (aspirin butalbital and caffeine) and Codeine are painkillers which can block the pain for a while (and cause drowsiness, other side effects & addiction), but will not get rid of the underlying problem. If you get these severe migraines more than 3 or 4 times a year, or if they last for more than half a day, talk to your doctor about migraine-specific treatments to prevent them or stop them in their tracks. ...Read more

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Fiorinal (aspirin butalbital and caffeine) is supposed to be for tension headaches and cafeine is a stimulant, right?

Fiorinal (aspirin butalbital and caffeine) is supposed to be for tension headaches and cafeine is a stimulant, right?

Caffeine : Yes, caffeine is a mild stimulant for some people, but not all. It is, however very effective in cnotrolling headaches, especially tension headaches. The amount of caffeine in one tablet of fiorinal (aspirin butalbital and caffeine) is equivalent to 1 1/2 cups coffee. ...Read more

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What is migraine?

What is migraine?

Migraines: A migraine is a vasospasm of a blood vessel in the brain. There are many symptoms. The common migraine's hallmark is a severe headache. The headache may be accompanied by nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound. Sometimes, migraines are signaled by an "aura, " which may be a visual symptom such as flashing lights or wavy lines followed by a headache. Common triggers - caffeine, stress. ...Read more

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What is a migraine?

Recurrent headache: Migraine is a chronic disoeder in which you get recurrent headaches which are moderate to severe in nature in typical headache it is on one sided headache and pulsating in nature and last anywhere from 2 to 72 hours it may have other associated symptoms like nausea&vomiting inreased sensitivity ti light about one in third patients feel an aura. It can be triggered by several different factors. ...Read more

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What is a migraine?

What is a migraine?

Headache: Hi ChantelleH, A migraine is a type of headache. Usually it is on one side of the head, moderate to severe, throbbing and sometimes associated with sensitivity to light and sound. ...Read more

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What causes migraine?

What causes migraine?

Migraine cause: Over the years, many theories on the pathophysiology of migraine have been postulated but the exact cause of migraine is still controversial. Migraine pathogenesis involves an interrelationship between neuronal and vascular components. ...Read more

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How to cure migraine?

How to cure migraine?

See a neurologist: There is no cure but a great treatment management exists, which can alleviate your symptoms big time, but your have to see a neurologist to rule out any other possibilities of your headache. ...Read more

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Is migraine a disease?

Neurological disorde: Migraine is chronic neurological disorder associated with focal neurologic deficit, alterations in cerebral blood flow and headache. ...Read more

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How to reduce migraine?

How to reduce migraine?

Prevent migraines: There are many things one can do to help decrease their headaches. Good sleep, good nutrition, stress management, and exercise are a few. Also, daily preventive medications can help reduce the intensity and frequency of attacks. Its important to work with your doctor to find the best approach for you. ...Read more

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Why am i having migraine?

Migraines: Migraines can happen spontaneously without cause. Although there can be triggers, the most common are stress, caffeine, chocolate, red wine, food with sulfates, some medications, alcohol, reflections of light. ...Read more

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How do I avoid a migraine?

How do I avoid a migraine?

Migrain avoidance: Migrain headache avoidance has some thing to do with avoiding triggers.... You should have done a diary for your headache what exactly bring your headache is it stress...Is it food and what type of food is it noise light , what ever it is you have to avoid it and in case of light u need to say in dark quiet room ...And also some medications can be given to avoid headache consider as prophylactic. ...Read more

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How do I treat a migraine?

How do I treat a migraine?

Many ways: There are many therapies to migraines. If acute otc meds like excedrin helps. Prescriptions such as triptans have been used to abate the migraine if severe enough. If this a chronic condition, reduce stressors, exercise, meditation, food triggers, acupuncture/yoga can all help. There is of course medications for chronic migraine as well. Keeping a log of your migraines may be helpful. ...Read more

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How do I treat a migraine?

How do I treat a migraine?

Migraine Tx: You may want to consider having your doctor/headache specialist see if Botox can be approved for your migraine headaches. If it works you could have significantly less migraines for at least 3-4 months at a time. Many times people's migraines are cut in half if not more. The use of your oral migraine prevention medications and abortives are much more helpful and reduce occurrences even better. ...Read more

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What causes of Migraine ?

What causes of Migraine ?

Migraine causes: The exact cause of migraines are not known but the research suggest that migraines are caused by hyperactive nerve cells that cause that cause blood vessels to constrict and expand. This in turn causes release of inflammatory chemicals and the pain. Now there are several triggers that can cause migraines to occur. You should find out the triggers and discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more

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How to stop migraine pain?

Migraine: Migraine pain if happens about 8-10 times a month you can ask a preventive medicine to be prescribed by your doctor. To stop one episode medical authorities suggested to take a high dose regular pain killers such as Ibuprofen 800 mg at the first moment of pain. There are also specific anti migraine medications such as sumatriptan that could be taken at each episode of pain. ...Read more

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What is a cluster migraine?

What is a cluster migraine?

See below: Cluster migraine is a severe variant of migraine which can awaken an individual from sleep, may be triggered by alcohol. It is described by tearing and nasal congestion on the side of head pain, often with facial sweating on this same side, severe throbbing/stabbing pain, and a sense of restlessness. They tend to occur in clusters of repeat headaches followed by remission. ...Read more

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How do you stop a migraine?

How do you stop a migraine?

Sleep: The most common way to stop a migraine is to go in a quiet, dark room, and sleep. Some people find excedrin migraine helpful, or you can see your doctor for a prescription for a drug called a triptan, if you don't have any contraindications. ...Read more

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How can i overcme migraine?

Help: I try to help you with explanation that migraine is lifelong condition. At different period of live it cold be often and then -rare. Your goal : to avoid full strength of headache with modern medicine, using them as soon as you have aura or feeling it's coming. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have Migraine what to do?

I have Migraine
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Confirm with MD 1st: 16 year old female has migraine, wants to know what to do. Migraine Headache is a very common ailment Pain usually localized in specific areas on the head can be excruciating, pounding; tender to touch in affected area, many times associated with light and sound sensitivity, nausea or even vomiting. Shutting lights & sounds off plus many OTC analgesics could help. Be sure with MD/ Headache spec ...Read more

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What to take for a migraine?

What to take for a migraine?

Get checked: If your headaches do not respond to pain medicines like tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin, then it would be good to get checked out by a doctor. You may also want to maintain a headache diary when you have a headache. In this you should write down anything you ate in the hours before the headache started, or how much sleep you got the night before or anything else that stands out and look for patterns. ...Read more

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Iv had a migraine for 8 days?

Chronic: Migraines can last for several days at a time. This is not uncommon. I am sorry you are going through this ; hope you get migraine relief soon! ...Read more

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