Excedrin Migraine Only thing that works

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49ersfan
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Date Joined Jun 2012
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   Posted 6/7/2012 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey All,

I have been suffering migraines for over 12 years now. Alot of them were caused in my early years to drinking.. But since I have got older and have cut back on the drinking when i get migraines now the only thing that seems to work for me is excedrin migraine.

Is this the case for anyone else?

I have tried headon, ice ( which makes it worse ) , all tylenol products, all ibuprofen and motrins...

The only thing that ever seems to work for me is excedrin migraine. Is this the case with anyone else?

I am hoping I can find another way instead of taking excedrin for the rest of my life.

korbnep
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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 327
   Posted 6/7/2012 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
49ersfan,

Excedrin is generally the go-to over the counter headache medication. This is because it contains three drugs that help reduce head pain: Aspirin (for vasospastic events), Tylenol (as an anti-inflammatory) and caffeine (which, as a stimulant, helps many people's headaches). You should note, however, that regular Excedrin Extra Strength contains the exact same ingredients as Excedrin Migraine--you end up just paying more for the information packet.

That being said, it's good to have a medication that will stave off a bad migraine--so long as it's not used too frequently. If you're using Excedrin more than 2 or 3 times a week you risk perpetuating your headaches by going into rebound (search the forums or the the web for rebound headaches, there's plenty of information out there).

What it comes down to is that if these migraines are disrupting your life so much and Excedrin is your only recourse , then you should probably talk to your doctor about these problems (or even consider seeing a headache specialist). You might benefit from taking a preventative medication daily or have better luck with other migraine abortives like Triptans (Imitrex, Maxalt, Zomig, etc) or stronger NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).

Best wishes,

Ben
DX: NDPH (2003-present), CRPS (1998-?)
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