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Prescribed pain meds for migraines, are these safe to take during pregnancy?

Prescribed pain meds for migraines, are these safe to take during pregnancy?

Need more info.: Medications all have a rating on how safe or unsafe it is to take during pregnancy. Without a specific name of the medication(s), it will be impossible to tell if it is safe or not. ...Read more

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Dr. Shari Jackson
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Headache(left side) during pregnancy, is pain killer advisable? Any other remedy?

Headache(left side) during pregnancy, is pain killer advisable? Any other remedy?

More Info Please: If you are early in pregnancy, you can try some tylenol (acetaminophen) for your headaches. You can also sleep it off. You may try some tiger Balm massage on your head and forehead. However, a headache later in pregnancy can be a sign of Pre Eclampsia. You should see your doctor and get your BP check done. Good Luck. ...Read more

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What narcotics are prescribed for severe headache pain?

What narcotics are prescribed for severe headache pain?

All sorts: But see a neurologist and perhaps it can be treated with meds that are not narcotics so won't be addictive or you will not build a tolerance. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to ibuprofen and paracetamol. I have premenstrual cramps and severe migraine. What pain reliever should I take for migraine?

Big Question: Do you get migraines often or are they related to your cycle, without all this hard to say if associated with harmonal changes seek ur ob/gyn, if independent a neurologist or neuromuscular dentist should be able to help. ...Read more

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Are there other non narcotic medication I can take for occipital neuralgia headaches. I'm already taking neurotin 600?

Are there other non narcotic medication I can take for occipital neuralgia headaches. I'm already taking neurotin 600?

Tramadol: Tramadol (Ultram) is a rather unique analgesic drug that is indicated for moderate to severe pain. Although it binds to mu receptors, tramadol is not technically classified as an opioid analgesic. Instead, it is classified as a centrally acting synthetic analgesic compound and therefore is not a scheduled narcotic drug. Ask your pain management specialist for more information. ...Read more

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What pain killer gets rid of severe headaches tied to menstruation, PMS? Nothing works. Tried Ibuprofen, Tylenol, (acetaminophen) aspirin, naproxen atdiff. times Ideas?

What pain killer gets rid of severe headaches tied to menstruation, PMS? Nothing works. Tried Ibuprofen, Tylenol, (acetaminophen) aspirin, naproxen atdiff. times  Ideas?

Addition of caffeine: For these types of headaches, without getting into prescription medication, and anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen, combined with caffeine(i.e. coffee or Mountain Dew) often helps. An ice pack 15 to 20 minutes at a time is also helpful as is stretching affected neck, etc. muscles. ...Read more

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Can tylenol (acetaminophen) with codeine #4 be used for lower back pain, rls, and cluster headaches?

Can tylenol (acetaminophen) with codeine #4 be used for lower back pain, rls, and cluster headaches?

Be careful with that: Tylenol (acetaminophen) with Codeine #4 should not be used to treat your cluster of lbp, rls, and ch, if you have all that as your patient history.Need to get to the bottom of that ; see your pcp, or neurologist, or work with the doctor, who put you on gabapentin.Also, tobacco makes these conditions worse! so, lifestyle changes will reap more benefits than taking pain meds, due to low oxygen states (fr. Tobacco!). ...Read more

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What pain relievers and cold medicines are safe for pregnant women?

Pregnancy medication: Most commonly used pain medications (NSAIDs) and over the counter cough, cold medications are not safe in Pregnancy. However they may not be absolutely contraindicated. Please consult your family physician or Obstetrician before taking any medications in pregnancy. ...Read more

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What other meds would u recommend for migraine headaches besides imitrex (sumatriptan)?

What other meds would u recommend for migraine   headaches besides imitrex (sumatriptan)?

Aspirin: Throughout the ages the most effective treatment for migraine has been aspirin. However, must take enough (1000mg) and at early onset of migraine and using rapid dissolving form. Often more beneficial if taken with tylenol (acetaminophen) and with Reglan and with some caffeine. Combination of Imitrex with naprosyn may also be quite effective. ...Read more

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Can triptans cause rebound headaches? I have been having daily unilateral headaches for over a week. Can I take triptans when pain unbearable?

Can triptans cause rebound headaches? I have been having daily unilateral headaches for over a week. Can I take triptans when pain unbearable?

Triptans & others: As a rule of thumb...no abortive medication for migraine headaches (such as triptans) should be taken more than twice in 24 hrs. (meaning 2 doses) or more than 4 times in 7 days (4 doses). And yes, they can and do cause rebound headaches. Keeping track of your headaches & medication doses as you decrease their use may show you how this phenomenon works. See a headache specialist for more details. ...Read more

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Toothache, migraines, nausea are symptoms of?

Toothache, migraines, nausea are symptoms of?

May not rekate: Nausea is often associated with migraine. A toothache could trigger either one depending on you and how bad it is. See your dentist/endodontist to see if you have a dental problem. I've seen many headaches go away after doing a root canal on a tooth. ...Read more

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Can I use pain killers & nausea medication while breastfeeding?

Can I use pain killers & nausea medication while breastfeeding?

Usually no: because most of these drugs will be secreted in breast milk. Talk to your doctor about specific medications you're on and recommendations. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection cause migraine headaches? Headache all day no relief with cold/sinus meds.otc pain meds don't help.

Can a sinus infection cause migraine headaches? Headache all day no relief with cold/sinus meds.otc pain meds don't help.

Yes: If you have already been diagnosed with true migraines, a sinus infection can indeed bring one on, just as any other illness, stress, diet change, sleep deprivation, etc can bring one on. Occasionally migraines can FEEL like a sinus infection and vise-versa, too. If you are not sure if you have migraine or sinusitis, you should get examined. ...Read more

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Breast pain, nausea, headaches, dizzyness, non stop periods while on amethia lo? Prescribed due to pcos

Common and normal : Can be very common side effects in the first 3 months. Should improve for most women after this. If not, ask you obgyn to try a different type of pill. ...Read more

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Can the pain reducing effects of tramadol lessen over time? What other medication could help control cervical spondylosis pain? Tried neurontin (gabapentin)...

Tramadol is a good: Drug because it works through many mechanisms. The next step up from that is Nucynta (tapentadol) which is available when tramadol no longer helps. You can ask your doctor about other non-opiod medications to be used in conjunction with the opiods for optimal pain relief. ...Read more

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Would taking these pain killers diclofenc and cocodamol 8/500 affect your periods?

Would taking these pain killers diclofenc and cocodamol 8/500 affect your periods?

Yes: Analgesics like diclofenac could thin your blood and change menstruation but usually improve painful symptoms. The Codeine contained in cocodamol when used over long periods of time and specially at high doses could inhibit hormones required for regular menstrual periods. ...Read more

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Are migraines pregnancy symptoms?

Are migraines pregnancy symptoms?

Migraine: is a serious and complex neurologic disorder. Headache, vertigo, visual disturbances nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light or sound, dizziness, neck pain, stomach pain hives. This condition must be professionally managed. About 60-70% of active migraine patients improve during pregnancy. Rec.: see an orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation to avoid unnecessary future pain and suffer ...Read more

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Are hyland's migraine headache homeopathic pills good to use for normal headaches ?

Are  hyland's migraine headache homeopathic pills good to use for normal headaches ?

Possibly: Hyland's "migraine headache relief" is a combination of multiple homeopathic remedies, any of which might be called for in an individual who suffers migraines. If your headache symptoms correspond to any of these remedies, the formulation could help. (if not, it won't.) a trained homeopath could help you in a much more individual way. http://www.hylands.com/products/migraine.php/. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take medication for migraine while pregnant?

Is it safe to take medication for migraine while pregnant?

Depends: Many of the narcotic-based pain medications are relatively safe (e.g. Fda category b/c). Many of the anti-migraine meds (e.g. Triptans/imitrex) are in the same category as well. Most of the prophylactic (e.g. Taking something for prevention) medications (e.g. Beta blockers) are pretty safe. As always, consult with your provider before taking anything. ...Read more

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Is there any migraine medication thats safe during early pregnancy? I have had migraines for 14-15 yrs now. Its a bit frequent these days.

Is there any migraine medication thats safe during early pregnancy? I have had migraines for 14-15 yrs now. Its a bit frequent these days.

See a neurologist: There are over the counter and prescription medications that you can take daily for migraine headache prophylaxis. Keep a log of your headaches (timing, frequency, duration, severity, location, associated symptoms) and take it to a neurologist for further evaluation. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/migraine.html ...Read more

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Is it safe to take medications for migraine during pregnancy?

Is it safe to take medications for migraine during pregnancy?

Yes: Some yes, some no. Tylenol, (acetaminophen) and (until 34 weeks) Ibuprofen are safe in pregnancy. Some doctors believe a small amount of Aspirin is safe in pregnancy, so Excedrin migraine can be very effective as well as tolerated in pregnancy. A big no goes to the tryptans -- imitrex, relpax, zomig, etc. As magical as they are for migraines, they are not safe in pregnancy. ...Read more

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Stopped my medications due to pregnancy. Week 33 began having severe migraine pain, auras, numb hands, slurred speech, and inability to think. Advice?

Stopped my medications due to pregnancy. Week 33 began having severe migraine pain, auras, numb hands, slurred speech, and inability to think. Advice?

Evaluation: You need to be evaluated right away. This could be due to a migraine but could also be the symptoms of a stoke. Please get evaluated as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Pregnant and has migraine.. what to do? Reli painful..

Pregnant and has migraine.. what to do? Reli painful..

Migraine & Pregnancy: About 60-70% of active migraine patients improve during pregnancy. The incidence of migraine often worsens in the first trimester but improves during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy when the level of estrogen increases. Ideally, all drug treatments should be avoided. Non-pharmacologic or non-medical therapies are sleep hygiene, relaxation therapy, triggers management may be helpful. ...Read more

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For pregnant migraine sufferers what is advised for relief? 

For pregnant migraine sufferers what is advised for relief? 

Migraine /pregnancy: Try to limit all medications. I don't use drugs like Imitrex or ergots in pregnancy, i would use tylenol (acetaminophen) for mild headaches. Opoids( narcotics ) as well as anti nausea meds like a Compazine suppository for severe headaches. Paitients may also be helped from relaxation exercises and some biofeedback. ...Read more

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How to cure migraine when u are pregnant? Its been 3 days since migraine attacked me.

How to cure migraine when u are pregnant? Its been 3 days since migraine attacked me.

HA when pregnant: Some tips for migraine when pregnant: sleep hygiene = 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. Smoking cessation. Adequate hydration, at least 64 ounces of water each day. Moderation of caffeine intake, less than 5 cups coffee per day. Stress reduction. Riboflavin 400 mg/day, and/or magnesium oxide 400-800 mg/day. Yoga, gentle stretching, massage, meditation. Hope this helps, good luck! ...Read more

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How do I cure migraine in pregnancy?

Migraines in Pregnan: 1.Avoid headache triggers after you identify them, such as certain diets or activities. 2.Daily aerobic exercises. 3.Manage stress. Be around people who lift your spirits. 3.Practice relaxation such as Yoga & imagery. 4.Eat smaller more frequent meals. 5.Drink plenty of fluids. 6.Regulate your sleep habits. 7.Ask your PCP for referral to a Biofeedback therapist. 8.Tylenol, (acetaminophen) warm compresses, massage ...Read more

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Can migraine be worse during pregnancy?

Can migraine be worse during pregnancy?

Yes: It's more common for headaches to improve or resolve during pregnancy, but for some, they worsen. ...Read more

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Can pregnancy bring on complicated migraines in somebody with no migraine history? Will they go away after pregnancy?

Can pregnancy bring on complicated migraines in somebody with no migraine history? Will they go away after pregnancy?

Yes x2.: The hormonal extremes of pregnancy can trigger migraines in someone without prior history and those should resolve after 6 weeks postpartum, as a general rule. Of course, any headache that has associated neurological deficit(s) has to be evaluated asap by a neurologist and/or mfm to exclude stroke, preeclampsia, pseudotumor cerebri, other severe pathologies. Tylenol (acetaminophen) (+/- codeine) and Reglan help! ...Read more

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Can migraine be a symptom of not being pregnant? I had an embriyo transfer 6 ago and my headache started like the ones that i suffered before.

Can migraine be a symptom of not being pregnant? I had an embriyo transfer 6 ago and my headache started like the ones that i suffered before.

Yes: Migraines can definitely be related to changes in hormones and i'm assuming given that you had an embryo transfer that you were taking hormones. While headache isn't a sign necessarily of 'not being pregnant' it can be a sign of changes in hormone levels. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take hylands headache or hylands migraine while pregnant?

Is it safe to take hylands headache or hylands migraine while pregnant?

Very safe!: I consider homeopathy to be the ideal type of medicine to take during pregnancy. You may have noticed that pretty much all drugs & herbs carry warnings to not use or ask a doctor if you are pregnant or nursing. By contrast, homeopathy is very safe in pregnancy & often quite effective. I highly recommend the book homeopathy for pregnancy, birth & your baby's first year by miranda castro. ...Read more

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What can be done to prevent a migraine attack in pregnancy Or if u get an attack what can be done?

What can be done to prevent a migraine attack in pregnancy Or if u get an attack what can be done?

See OBGYN specialist: There are seven medications (e.g. triptans) that are better for treating migraine in pregnancy. However, no drug, including over-the-counter medication, should ever be prescribed without consulting the patient's obstetrician. See OBGYN specialist for migraine management. ...Read more

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What kind of migraine pills can a pregnant woman take? If im not mistaken tylonel 2x strength is okay

Check with your OB: You should check with your OB unless you already have a meds safe list. Tylenol (acetaminophen) normally is considered safe during pregnancy, but i always tell my patients to check with their OB re safety of all meds during pregnancy. ...Read more

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What's the max amount if magnesium and b2 a pregnant woman can have? Want to up it for migraine ease. Thanks

What's the max amount if magnesium and b2 a pregnant woman can have? Want to up it for migraine ease. Thanks

The usual dosing: The typical dose for the indication you describe is 400mg vitamin b2 or riboflavin and 500mg of magnesium. This is unlikely despite the high dose of vit b2 to have any toxicity as the body limits it's absorption, and the excretion of the excess is efficiently done through the kidneys. The vit b2 will turn your urine flourescent yellow, the magnesium, the stools a bit loose, but no worry for baby. ...Read more

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My daughter aged 30 had migraine for sometime when she was pregnant she didn't have migraine. After delivery it has come with more intensity.

Stop the migraine: Best to get this treated, and maybe prevention is best approach. Prescription meds may be of benefit, but otc preps such as riboflavin, co-q10, butterbur, feverfew, can be of great benefit. Might consider acupuncture or Botox also. See headache specialist and get under control. ...Read more

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How to prevent migraine?Earlier i was taking vasograine on my own.But now iam pregnant so iam avoiding this.Pls suggest how to avoid or cure migraine?

How to prevent migraine?Earlier i was taking vasograine on my own.But now iam pregnant so iam avoiding this.Pls suggest how to avoid or cure migraine?

Avoid triggers: During pregnancy it is unwise to take medications for migraine prophylaxis. Some of the commonly used ones cause birth defects. The best course is to learn about migraine triggers and avoid them: processed foods esp with nitrites, alcohol, changes in caffeine intake or sleep patterns, etc. Your doctor can help you through this problem. ...Read more

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Is it common to develop migraine headaches in pregnancy?

Is it common to develop migraine headaches in pregnancy?

Unfortunately, yes: The hormonal shifts in pregnancy commonly lead to changes in migraine, and can make headaches better or worse. While there are not many treatments available that approved for use in pregnancy, a neurologist can help you manage your symptoms until delivery, at which time they will hopefully improve. ...Read more

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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