The Cause and Effect of Migraines

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A migraine is the most common type of headache that propels patients to seek care from their doctors. Roughly 30 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches, with women affected almost three times more often than men, according to statistics from the National Headache Foundation in Chicago.

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Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR) (2012, March 20). The cause and effect of migraines. ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 22, 2012, from http://www.sciencedaily.comĀ­ /releases/2012/03/120320114516.htm
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RxTexas's picturePharmacistRxTexasJoined: Sep, 2009
Location: Kaufman, TX
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I don't have migraines but did read an interesting article in Pharmacist's Letter recently that they had recently finished clinical trials on a natural herb called butterbur and it had shown really good preventative properties in people who experienced chonic migraines. I copied and pasted some of the article below. (Sorry you lose the study hyperlinks when doing this)

Migraine headache. Taking butterbur orally seems to prevent migraine headache. A specific butterbur rhizome extract standardized to 15% petasin and isopetasin (Petadolex, Weber&Weber, GmbH & Co, Germany), and hepatotoxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA)-free, can reduce the frequency, intensity, and duration of migraine headache when used over a period of 16 weeks (7230,12840,13003). This butterbur extract seems to reduce the frequency of migraine by about 48% (13003). Doses of at least 75 mg twice daily seem to be necessary for significant benefit. Lower doses of 50 mg twice daily may not be effective in adults (13003). There is also preliminary evidence that this butterbur extract can decrease the frequency of migraine headaches in children aged 6-17 years (13121).

irishpahrmqt's picturePharmacy TechnicianirishpahrmqtJoined: Apr, 2012
Location: Pahrump, NV
Posts: 29

I suffer from chronic migraines... I take medications just to stop my daily (regular) headaches.. and it seems to help lower my migraines by one or two a month but i still get them often enough through the month. Anyone who has ever had a migraine, understands how it can ruin a whole days plans. You cant control them.... I hope one day soon they can find something that will "cure" the chronic migraine...