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Why don't normal painkillers such as paracetomol and ibuprofen work against migraine?
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Why don't normal painkillers work against migraine?
« Reply #1 on: 10/03/2010 13:57:19 »
We put this question to Dr Richard Lipton:
Well sometimes they do and you know, and like every condition, there’s a  broad spectrum of severity.  So, ibuprofen and paracetamol may work if  you treat the migraine very early.  If you wait and wonder if you need  to treat, oral medications become less effective because migraine also  affects the gut and you may not absorb the medication as well.  For  people who don't do well with over-the-counter medications, there’s  certainly a wide range of prescription drug options that are very  effective.
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Why don't normal painkillers work against migraine?
« Reply #2 on: 11/03/2010 10:38:50 »
The usage of painkillers has been increasingly spreading throughout the world because of their quick effects in relieving the pain.The most common side effect of painkillers is becoming addicts to painkillers and nausea.I really agree with your views,sounds interesting.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 21/03/2010 18:13:36 »
Alternative practitioners would sometimes warn against certain painkillers for migraine, as they can affect the liver, and add to the problem causing a vicious cycle.
I gave up using ibuprofen / paracetamol and have (touch wood) been migraine free for 9 years
 

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