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Headache medications not very effective on migraines

Migraines are caused by neuro-vascular problems and the pain is usually severe and lasts from hours to days. Migraines are 3 times more prevalent in women compared to men. An estimated 3 million Canadians suffer from the condition. A doctor claims that migraines are underdiagnosed and many people presume it is a headache and donít seek medical attention. Over-the-counter headache and pain medication is at best only mildly effective on migraines. Triptans such as Imitrex are more effective for moderate and severe migraines. Common triggers for migraine include red wine, dairy products, sudden weather changes, menstruation, puberty, pregnancy, menopause, use of oral contraceptive, stress, lack of sleep and too much sleep.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The London Free Press

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About: Headache medications not very effective on migraines

Date: 22 November 2004

Source: The London Free Press


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