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What is the treatment for menstrual migraine?

What is the treatment for menstrual migraine?

Hormone balancing: Menstrual migraines are caused from changes in hormone levels. Evaluating the levels and prescribing the appropriate hormones may stop the headaches. ...Read more

Menstrual (Definition)

Menstrual refers to the monthly cycle in women which prepares the female for ovulation, generally once per month, which is that time of month that the egg can be fertilized by the male sperm, for the purpose of reproduction. Menstrual cycles start at the first day of menstruation. (it's always been curious to me that 'menstrual' and ...Read more


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I suffer menstrual migraine. Being put on decapeptyl injections soon for other issues but could this make my migraine worse?

Might or might not: Headache is listed as very common (>10%) side effect of Decapeptyl, but these are not necessarily migraines.
Decapeptyl is going to change your hormonal cycles (that's why you're being put on it, I assume) which might themselves be responsible for your menstrual migraines. So you might have no change at all, might improve, or might get an additional form of headache. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have a menstrual migraine that will not stop hurting, have taken advil (ibuprofen). Have some oxycodone left from my gallbladder. Can I take one? I'm hurting.

I have a menstrual migraine that will not stop hurting, have taken advil (ibuprofen). Have some oxycodone left from my gallbladder. Can I take one? I'm hurting.

NO!: Oxycodone is a potent narcotic with serious side effects, especially when used with alcohol or other sedatives. It is not advisable to take any narcotic for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Make sure you have taken the right dose of advil, (ibuprofen) see your doctor if the pain persists, and get rid of the oxycodone pills or keep it out of view. ...Read more

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My migraine always attack either before or after my menstrual. Each attacks will cause me vomiting?

My migraine always attack either before or after my menstrual. Each attacks will cause me vomiting?

Common: When you get a migraine the nerves to your stomach essentially cause your stomach to go to sleep. It stops working normally. That is what causes the nausea and vomiting. When the migraine is over the nerves turn back on, the blood supply to the body parts are normal and the nausea and vomiting goes away. I know this is a simplifies answer but otherwise it is too complicated. ...Read more

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Every menstrual cycle I get a migraine. I took 2 exceedrin and it just didn't work. It says don't take more but I want to. Can I please take 2 more?

Every menstrual cycle I get a migraine. I took 2 exceedrin and it just didn't work. It says don't take more but I want to. Can I please take 2 more?

Menstrual migraines: You do not want to exceed the recommended dose of drugs containing Acetaminophen like Excedrin. You can add Ibuprofen as an alternative. There are better medications than these for those who suffer Migraines. A primary care doctor can help. If you truly have menstrual migraines then menstrual cycle suppression often helps prevent these headaches. See an Obgyn for options. ...Read more

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Does this exedrin migraine work for period/menstrual pain?

Does this exedrin migraine work for period/menstrual pain?

Yes but why?: Exedrine migraine contains aspirin, acetominophen and caffeine. The asirin is an anti-inflammatory agent, good for menstral cramps while acetominophen, being also and analgesic, can help with the pain. The caffeine helps not. Pure anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen, usually helps best and is safer long term with Aspirin frequently being more caustic to the stomach. ...Read more

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Every month I get an excruciating migraine right before my menstrual cycle. It lasts for 2 days or more...Are they related? What can I do to relieve the pain? Nothing seems to work.

Every month I get an excruciating migraine right before my menstrual cycle. It lasts for 2 days or more...Are they related? What can I do to relieve the pain? Nothing seems to work.

Yes, related: Menstrual migraines are caused by dropping hormonal levels before menstruaton. There are several treatment options and may include forms of hormonal contraception, pain medication, and other techniques, the options should be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm experiencing a migraine headache and menstrual cramps how can I treat them?

I'm experiencing a migraine headache and menstrual cramps how can I treat them?

Naprosyn (naproxen) or treximet: Naprosyn, as in Alleve, is very commonly used for cramps and for migraine. Treximet is a combination of Imitrex (sumatriptan) and naprosyn in the same pill and is great for menstrual migraine and cramps! ...Read more

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I am age 20 and married. I wanted to take Norethisterone 5mg to delay my menstrual period. I am also a migraine patient. Is it okay?

I am age 20 and married. I wanted to take Norethisterone 5mg to delay my menstrual period. I am also a migraine patient. Is it okay?

Not ok: One of the side effect of this medication is migraine headaches. If you queries shoot me an e-mail click this --> https://www. Healthtap. Com/experts/12714048-dr-vahe-yetimyan ...Read more

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I'm suffering from extremely painful menstrual cramps, blood clots, sharp pains n feet, hands, back, legs, migraine what to do?

I'm suffering from extremely painful menstrual cramps, blood clots, sharp pains n feet, hands, back, legs, migraine what to do?

Pain Specialist: You may need to see a pain specialist to determine whether your cramps are causing your back and leg pain or is it the blood clots? Also could you have sciatica that has gone unchecked. Same with your migraine headaches, could that be coming from your neck area? Pain is hands suggest possible neck involvement. Also you should be ruled out for a rheumatologic disorder as well. ...Read more

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The signs and symptoms of menstrural migraine?

The signs and symptoms of menstrural migraine?

Related to menstruat: Migraine headaches related to menstruation are triggered by the fall off of estrogen which triggers menstruation. They can be treated like other migraines. Prevention can consist of taking prophylactic medications such as triptans, starting 2 days before expected menstruation begins and contine for two days after n=menstruation begins. ...Read more

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Is there something that a doctor can prescribe for menstrual migraines?

Is there something that a doctor can prescribe for menstrual migraines?

Hormone imbalance: Most women who have menstrual migraines have too much estrogen. Ideal situation is to measure hormone levels by saliva test as it measures active hormones at the tissue level. Then work with supplements, diet, and if needed topical hormones to balance levels. A simple trial buy some topical progesterone and use a small 5mg daily dose for 1-2 days before symptoms or days 14-28 of cycle. ...Read more

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How should I deal with menstrual migraines?

It depends: There are many options for treating menstrual migraines, and not all involve hormones. The first things to try are the same as you would use for any headache - over-the-counter medications (those with caffeine seem to do a better job). Beyond that, there are prescription migraine meds which can help. Hormones like birth control pills, when used solely for migraines, are a last resort for me. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can help with menstrual migraines?

Pain Treatment: Short term use of over the counter anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen taken on a schedule basis may help. Tylenol (acetaminophen) can be taken as well on a short term basis. Otherwise medication prescriptions may be required from an appropriately trained provider. ...Read more

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Are there distinguishing features between menstrual migraines and migraines that occur at other times?

No: Menstrual migraines can have any symptoms of any migraines, it just happens that the migraine is triggered and associated with the menstrual cycle. ...Read more

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Can you suggest any alternative remedies for menstrual migraines?

Menstrual migraines: Stress management, biofeedback. Riboflavin and magnesium can also be helpful. More often a short medication prophylaxis around your menstrual cycle will be helpful. ...Read more

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Could a hysterectomy help with pure menstrual migraine with add back estrogen?

Yes: But at 29 years old, wouldn't you rather try a reversible medical castration first rather than a permanent surgical method? ...Read more

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I get about 2 migraines each menstrual cycle. One before and one after. Can I do anything to prevent these or treat?

I get about 2 migraines each menstrual cycle. One before and one after. Can I do anything to prevent these or treat?

Yes: There are some medications, including birth control, that can help with migraine prevention. It would beneficial to speak to your primary care provider to determine if you are a candidate to start any of these medications. ...Read more

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Why are migraines more severe and harder to treat during my menstrual cycle. Triptans alone barely put a dent in it, but usually triptans helps?

Why are migraines more severe and harder to treat during my menstrual cycle. Triptans alone barely put a dent in it, but usually triptans helps?

Hormones the answer: Changes in hormones are known to influence migraines, and it is common that migraines are worse during the menstrual cycle. Other treatments may help at that time, such as ibuprofen and triptan together, toradol, or midrin for example. ...Read more

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Every month a week before I start my menstrual I get bad migraines. I take Advil and Tylenol (acetaminophen). Neither one works. What can I do to help.

Menstrual migraines: You may have menstrual migraines. This is a specific type of Migraine associated with the hormonal changes before menses. Have your doctor evaluate you for this. Often it can be avoided by using continuous lo dose oral contraceptive pills ...Read more

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I get bad menstrual migraines. Nothing helps. A friend get relief from 2 Advil and 2 extra strength Tylenol (acetaminophen) taken together. Is this safe?

I get bad menstrual migraines. Nothing helps. A friend get relief from 2 Advil and 2 extra strength Tylenol (acetaminophen) taken together. Is this safe?

Should be safe: Yes, this is safe, as long as you do not use it often. If you use this three days in a row and not at all otherwise, this should be safe. Exceptions would be for people with kidney or liver disease, or for people who take other medications. ...Read more

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Is frova (frovatriptan) used to treat menstrual migraines? My neurologist says it lasts longer than Imitrex so it should help. Do you agree?

Is frova (frovatriptan) used to treat menstrual migraines? My neurologist says it lasts longer than Imitrex so it should help. Do you agree?

Migraine: Of the triptans, Frova (frovatriptan) and Amerge (naratriptan) have a the longest half life. They have been associated with lesser incidence of a headache relapse after an initial good response. It is ideal for catamenial migraines if menses are periodic and predictable. Some report successful treatment when the medications are taken daily for 4-5 days at menstral onset or a day before onset. ...Read more

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Is it harmful to take multiple OTC NSAIDS in the same day, if the maximum dose of one does not relieve the pain of migraines and menstrual cramps?

Is it harmful to take multiple OTC NSAIDS in the same day, if the maximum dose of one does not relieve the pain of migraines and menstrual cramps?

Need to look for: Cause as taking too many OTC NSAIDS can affect your kidneys. So, you don't want to have gastritis, and also possible kidney problems to take the pain of your migraines away. Look for possible dietary triggers, stress, and other factors that bring it on. Have your PCP work with a neurologist to get it under control. Stop gluten, processed foods, sugars, sodas too. Eat organics, hydrate, de-stress. ...Read more

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I am currently taken Micronor (norethindrone) while on topomax, just for preventative measures. However I am still getting bad menstrual migraines/ha during my cycle.

I am currently taken Micronor (norethindrone) while on topomax, just for preventative measures. However I am still getting bad menstrual migraines/ha during my cycle.

Work with your Dr.: Topamax (topiramate) can increase the metabolism of birth control pills and lessen their effectiveness at preventing ovulation and thus preventing menstrual migraines. Ideally you wouldn't have cycles on micronor. If you're cycling, you may need to also use condoms and spermicide. Your doctor may need to increase the dose of micronor, or use depoprovera to prevent ovulation to stop menstrual migraine. ...Read more

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What migraine medicines are most effective?

What migraine medicines are most effective?

Depends on patient: Some meds abort migraine if taken early (ex. Ergotamine, Imitrex), others are preventive (ex. Inderal).Some are for pain relief (ex. Opiates).In my experience, though, many headaches (HA) are misdiagnosed as 'migraines' just because the pain is severe. Cause for these incl. occipital neuralgia, cervicogenic HA, occipital ligament inj, etc. A good history & phys. Incl osteopathic hands-on exam may help ...Read more

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What migraine medicines are the most effective?

What migraine medicines are the most effective?

Lots of choices: To stop headaches, we have triptans, such as imitrex, frova, relpax, (eletriptan) zomig, maxalt. To prevent headaches, prescriptions for depakote, topamax, beta-blockers, or Botox injections. Also otc preps, such as butterbur, feverfew, riboflavin, magnesium, co-q-10. ...Read more

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I have migraine what should medicine do I take?

I have migraine what should medicine do I take?

Migraine headache: You can try over-the-counter remedies but you should see your regular doctor for a complete evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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May I know what is the best medicine for migraine?

Depends: Migraine prevention can be achieved by using drugs normally prescribed for hypertension, seizure disorder, and depression. Choice of the best migraine drug will depend on your particular circumstances and your tolerance of side effects. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for migraine headache?

That depends: It really depends on multiple factors, and it can vary from person to person. In addition to medications, it is important to try to identify any potential headache triggers. The best way to do that is to maintain a headache diary. ...Read more

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Is bisoprolol a good medicine to treat migraine?

Is bisoprolol a good medicine to treat migraine?

Not used for that: While beta blockers have been tried for migraine prevention, bisoprolol is not one that is typically used. ...Read more

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Which medicine is best for migraine. I am taking relpax (eletriptan) now.

Which medicine is best for migraine. I am taking relpax (eletriptan) now.

Good abortive: Relpax (eletriptan) has reputation for working when other triptans fail, but other good choices include treximet, frova, zomig nasal spray. Perhaps if frequent headaches, perhaps preventative like depakote, topirimate, or otc butterbur, feverfew, riboflavin, etc. ...Read more

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Does anyone know of an over-the-counter medicine to treat occular migraine?

Does anyone know of an over-the-counter medicine to treat occular migraine?

Migraine preps: In general, the over the counter preparations that market themselves for migraines can be effective against ocular migraines as well. They usually combine an analgesic with a bit of caffeine which causes blood vessels to dilate, alleviating the spasm involved in migraine. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Migraine Headaches (Definition)

Migraine headaches are a common condition that often include a headache with throbbing, pulsing pain, blurriness of vision, nausea, and sensitivity to light. They ...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