Skip to Content

Join the 'Migraine Prevention' group to help and get support from people like you.

Migraine Prevention News

Doctors Issue Call to Combat Climate Change

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 18, 2016 – Climate change is already harming people's health by promoting illnesses linked to warmer temperatures and changing weather patterns, a leading group of U.S. doctors says in a new position paper. As a result, the American College of Physicians (ACP) is calling for "aggressive, concerted" action to fight climate change by curbing man-made greenhouse gas emissions. Respiratory illnesses, heat stroke and infectious diseases like Zika virus, dengue fever and cholera are flourishing as global temperatures rise, said Dr. Wayne Riley, president of the college. "Our climate is already changing and people are already being harmed. If we don't begin to address climate change, we're going to see more and more manifestations of these health problems," Riley said. "There is clear, compelling scientific consensus that climate change is real," he added. "There is no dispute." ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety and Stress, Migraine, Allergies, Asthma, Major Depressive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sinusitis, Bronchitis, Migraine Prevention, Pneumonia, Asthma - Maintenance, Cold Symptoms, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Maintenance, Upper Respiratory Tract Infection, Migraine Prophylaxis, Dyspnea, Psychiatric Disorders, Asthma - Acute

Botox Can Be Used for Chronic Migraine, Experts Say

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 18, 2016 – Botox is a safe and effective treatment for chronic migraine and three other neurological disorders, an updated guideline from the American Academy of Neurology says. Long used to smooth wrinkles, botulinum toxin is made by a type of bacteria. The toxin blocks the release of substances at nerve endings, reducing muscle contraction and the transmission of pain signals, the researchers explained. The authors of the updated guideline reviewed scientific studies on the four preparations of botulinum toxin available in the United States. They concluded that the treatment is generally safe and effective for four neurological conditions: chronic migraine, spasticity in adults, cervical dystonia and blepharospasm. Chronic migraine is defined as having migraines 15 or more days a month, the study authors explained. Spasticity in adults is muscle tightness that ... Read more

Related support groups: Migraine, Migraine Prevention, Migraine Prophylaxis, Facial Wrinkles, Cervical Dystonia, Chronic Spasticity, Blepharospasm, Botulinum Toxin Type B, Upper Limb Spasticity, Spinal Spasticity, Lower Limb Spasticity, Spasticity, Myobloc

Severe Migraines Linked to Complications During Pregnancy, Childbirth

Posted 11 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 11, 2016 – Severe migraines are associated with an increased risk of complications during pregnancy and childbirth, especially among older women, new research suggests. "The results of this study were of particular interest because more than half of the pregnant women with migraine experienced some type of adverse birth outcome, suggesting that these pregnancies should be considered high risk," study author Dr. Matthew Robbins, said in a Montefiore Medical Center news release. Robbins is director of inpatient services at Montefiore Headache Center. He's also chief of neurology at the Jack D. Weiler Hospital of Montefiore in New York City. It's important to note that the study only found a link between women with severe migraines and pregnancy and delivery complications. The study wasn't designed to prove that having or treating migraines caused these problems. The study ... Read more

Related support groups: Migraine, Migraine Prevention, Migraine Prophylaxis, Labor Induction, Premature Labor, Postpartum Bleeding, Labor Pain, Cervical Ripening, Cesarean Section, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Emotional Abuse During Childhood Linked to Adult Migraine Risk

Posted 3 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 2, 2016 – Adults who suffered emotional abuse as children may have an increased risk of migraines, but such a link wasn't seen with physical or sexual abuse, researchers are reporting. "Emotional abuse showed the strongest link to increased risk of migraine," study author Dr. Gretchen Tietjen, from the University of Toledo in Ohio, said in an American Academy of Neurology news release. "Childhood abuse can have long-lasting effects on health and well-being." But while the study showed an association between childhood emotional abuse and migraine, it did not prove cause and effect, Tietjen noted. Of the nearly 14,500 young adults in the study, approximately 14 percent had been diagnosed with migraines. About 47 percent said they were emotionally abused during childhood, 18 percent said they were physically abused and 5 percent said they were sexually abused. Sixty-one ... Read more

Related support groups: Migraine, Migraine Prevention, Migraine Prophylaxis, Diagnosis and Investigation, Head Imaging

Do Genes Link Headaches, Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Posted 23 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2016 – Genetic links may exist between irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and migraine and tension-type headaches, researchers report. "Since headache and irritable bowel syndrome are such common conditions, and causes for both are unknown, discovering a possible link that could shed light on shared genetics of the conditions is encouraging," study author Dr. Derya Uluduz said in a news release from the American Academy of Neurology. The findings might help point to new treatments for all of the disorders, suggested Uluduz, of Istanbul University in Turkey, and colleagues. The study included 107 people with migraine, 53 with tension-type headache, 107 with IBS and 53 without any of the conditions. People with migraine were about twice as likely as those with tension headache to also have IBS – 54 percent versus 28 percent, respectively. Of the people with IBS, 38 also ... Read more

Related support groups: Headache, Migraine, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Migraine Prevention, Cluster Headaches, Migraine Prophylaxis, New Daily Persistent Headache

Stroke Risk May Be Greater for Certain Migraine Sufferers: Studies

Posted 18 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 – Migraine sufferers may face an increased risk of stroke if they suffer from visual symptoms called auras or if they take the female hormone estrogen, a pair of new studies suggests. People who have migraine headaches with auras may be 2.4 times more likely to have a stroke caused by a blood clot, compared to migraine patients who don't see auras, says one study scheduled for presentation Wednesday at the American Stroke Association's annual meeting, in Los Angeles. And, women with more severe migraines who take hormone-replacement therapy may be 30 percent more likely to suffer a clot-based stroke than women not taking medication containing estrogen, according to a second paper to be presented at the meeting. The two risk factors could combine to pose a dangerous mix for some women, said Dr. Elizabeth Loder, chief of the headache and pain division at Brigham ... Read more

Related support groups: Migraine, Ischemic Stroke, Migraine Prevention, Imitrex, Migraine Prophylaxis, Transient Ischemic Attack, Maxalt, Sumatriptan, Cafergot, Relpax, Zomig, Midrin, Ischemic Stroke - Prophylaxis, Treximet, Ergotamine, Rizatriptan, Frova, Maxalt-MLT, Dihydroergotamine, Migranal

Migraines May Worsen as Menopause Approaches

Posted 22 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2016 – For women who suffer migraines, the frequency of these debilitating headaches seems to increase as they approach menopause, a new study finds. "Changes in female hormones such as estrogen and progesterone that occur during the perimenopause might trigger increased headaches during this time," said study co-author Dr. Richard Lipton. He is director of the Montefiore Headache Center and vice chair of neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. The new research included more than 3,600 women who suffered migraines before and during menopause. The risk of high-frequency migraines (10 or more a month) rose 60 percent during the transitional time into menopause marked by irregular menstrual cycles (perimenopause). The risk of migraine was highest during the later stage of perimenopause, when women have low levels of estrogen, the study found. ... Read more

Related support groups: Migraine, Hot Flashes, Menopausal Disorders, Migraine Prevention, Postmenopausal Symptoms, Migraine Prophylaxis, Perimenopausal Symptoms

Asthma Linked to Chronic Migraines in Some People

Posted 11 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 11, 2015 – People with asthma may be more than twice as likely to develop chronic migraines as those without breathing troubles, a new study suggests. The research included about 4,500 Americans. At the start of the study in 2008, the study volunteers had fewer than 15 migraines a month. One year later, the researchers looked to see how many had chronic migraine – 15 or more migraines a month. More than 5 percent of people with asthma developed chronic migraine. Just 2.5 percent of those without asthma ended up with chronic migraines, the study found. "If you have asthma along with episodic or occasional migraine, then your headaches are more likely to evolve into a more disabling form known as chronic migraine," said lead author Dr. Vincent Martin. Martin is a professor of medicine and co-director of the Headache and Facial Pain Program at the University of Cincinnati. ... Read more

Related support groups: Migraine, Asthma, Migraine Prevention, Symbicort, Asthma - Maintenance, Imitrex, Fluticasone, Advair HFA, Migraine Prophylaxis, Advair Diskus, Qvar, Asthma - Acute, Maxalt, Combivent, Sumatriptan, Flovent, Budesonide, Dulera, Entocort, Mometasone

Beware Safety Risks Posed by 'Off-Label' Drug Use

Posted 2 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 – "Off-label" drug use puts patients at risk for serious side effects, especially when scientific evidence is lacking, a new study finds. Physicians prescribe "off-label" when they recommend drugs for uses that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It's a common and legal practice. It's also hard to track, because U.S. doctors aren't required to document the reason for prescribing a treatment. But in what may be the most extensive review of the practice to date, a Canadian-U.S. research team found reason for concern. Patients prescribed off-label drugs without strong scientific evidence were 54 percent more likely to experience an adverse event, such as a drug reaction, drug interaction or allergic response, forcing them to stop taking the drugs, the study found. "We are not saying that off-label is bad," said Dr. Tewodros Eguale, who led ... Read more

Related support groups: Migraine, Seroquel, Amitriptyline, Migraine Prevention, Elavil, Risperdal, Zyprexa, Risperidone, Seroquel XR, Quetiapine, Olanzapine, Migraine Prophylaxis, Nocturnal Leg Cramps, Quinine, Symbyax, Endep, Zyprexa Zydis, Risperdal Consta, Qualaquin, Triavil

Blood Test Might One Day Help Spot Migraines

Posted 9 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2015 – Researchers report that measuring levels of certain fats in the bloodstream might one day help spot women at high risk for migraines. "While more research is needed to confirm these initial findings, the possibility of discovering a new biomarker for migraine is exciting," wrote study author Dr. B. Lee Peterlin, associate professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. In the study, the researchers assessed 52 women with episodic migraine (average of nearly six migraines a month) and 36 women who did not have the debilitating headaches. Blood samples from the women were checked for fats called ceramides, which help regulate energy and brain inflammation. Women with episodic migraines had lower levels of ceramides than those who did not have headaches. Every standard deviation increase in ceramide levels was associated with ... Read more

Related support groups: Migraine, Migraine Prevention, Migraine Prophylaxis, Diagnosis and Investigation

Severe Headache During Pregnancy May Signal Trouble

Posted 20 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2015 – A severe headache can sometimes be a warning sign that a pregnant woman and her fetus are in danger, researchers report. "Headaches during pregnancy are quite common, but it is not always easy to distinguish between a recurring, preexisting migraine condition and a headache caused by a pregnancy complication," lead author Dr. Matthew Robbins, director of inpatient services at Montefiore's Headache Center in New York City, said in a Montefiore news release. "Our study suggests that physicians should pay close attention when a pregnant woman presents with a severe headache, especially if she has elevated blood pressure or lack of past headache history," added Robbins, chief of neurology at Weiler Hospital. Robbins is also an associate professor of clinical neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. The researchers found that these women ... Read more

Related support groups: Headache, Migraine, Migraine Prevention, Cluster Headaches, Migraine Prophylaxis, New Daily Persistent Headache, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Toxemia of pregnancy, Nausea/Vomiting of Pregnancy

Headaches Are Common in Kids, Teens

Posted 14 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 14, 2015 – A number of things can trigger headaches in children and teens, a pediatrician says. About 10 percent of school-aged children and up to 27 percent of teens have headaches from time to time, according to Dr. Nick DeBlasio, a pediatrician in Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center's Pediatric Primary Care Clinic. One of the leading causes of headaches in children and teens is not drinking enough fluids, especially when youngsters are active outside during warm weather. The cure in this case might be as simple as having your child drink more water. Missing a meal can also trigger a headache. Parents need to make sure their children eat a well-balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables. Too much caffeine and certain foods can also cause a headache, DeBlasio said. Lack of sleep is another potential headache trigger. Middle and high school students ... Read more

Related support groups: Headache, Migraine, Migraine Prevention, Imitrex, Cluster Headaches, Migraine Prophylaxis, Maxalt, Sumatriptan, Cafergot, Relpax, Zomig, Midrin, Treximet, New Daily Persistent Headache, Ergotamine, Rizatriptan, Frova, Maxalt-MLT, Dihydroergotamine, Migranal

Older Smokers With Migraines May Face Added Stroke Risk

Posted 30 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 – Older smokers who experience migraines appear to be at increased risk of stroke, a new study suggests. The study included nearly 1,300 people, average age 68, who suffered migraine headaches with and without aura. Migraine with aura is a migraine that's preceded or accompanied by visual effects such as flashes of light or blind spots, or by tingling in the hands or face. The study participants were followed for an average of 11 years to see how many had a heart attack or stroke. The findings were published online July 22 in the journal Neurology. The researchers did not find an association between migraine and the risk of either heart attack or stroke in nonsmokers. But among smokers, migraine was associated with a threefold increased risk of stroke. However, even though the study found an association between migraine and stroke risk in smokers, it did not ... Read more

Related support groups: Migraine, Smoking, Ischemic Stroke, Migraine Prevention, Smoking Cessation, Migraine Prophylaxis, Transient Ischemic Attack, Ischemic Stroke - Prophylaxis

Childhood Trauma Tied to Migraine Risk as Adult

Posted 3 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 3, 2015 – Experiencing a traumatic event during childhood may raise the risk for migraines as an adult, new Canadian research suggests. "We found the more types of violence the individual had been exposed to during their childhood, the greater the odds of migraine," study author Sarah Brennenstuhl, from the University of Toronto, said in a university news release. "For those who reported all three types of adversities – [witnessing] parental domestic violence, childhood physical and sexual abuse – the odds of migraine were a little over three times higher for men and just under three times higher for women," Brennenstuhl said. The findings were reported online recently in the journal Headache. To reach their conclusions, researchers looked at data from a mental health survey involving nearly 23,000 men and women over the age of 18. "The most surprising finding was the ... Read more

Related support groups: Migraine, Migraine Prevention, Imitrex, Migraine Prophylaxis, Maxalt, Sumatriptan, Cafergot, Relpax, Zomig, Midrin, Treximet, Ergotamine, Rizatriptan, Frova, Maxalt-MLT, Dihydroergotamine, Migranal, Migergot, Amerge, Zolmitriptan

Health Tip: Log Symptoms in a Headache Diary

Posted 1 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

-- A headache journal can help you track symptoms and determine possible triggers for your chronic pain. The University of California San Francisco Medical Center says the journal should include: Date and time of each headache. Duration of each headache. Activities that preceded each headache. Food and drink consumed before the onset of each headache. Treatment used to manage each headache, such as prescription or over-the-counter medication, herbal treatment, or other remedy. Location and severity of each headache, and accompanying symptoms such as nausea or dizziness. How each headache impacts your daily life. Read more

Related support groups: Headache, Migraine, Migraine Prevention, Cluster Headaches, Migraine Prophylaxis, New Daily Persistent Headache

Page 1 2 3 Next

Ask a Question

Further Information

Related Condition Support Groups

Migraine

Related Drug Support Groups

lisinopril, clonazepam, metoprolol, Topamax, amitriptyline, bupropion, amlodipine, Depakote, atenolol, view more... propranolol, Benicar, clonidine, lamotrigine, nortriptyline, baclofen, topiramate, Norvasc, verapamil, pregabalin, nifedipine, Botox, Depakote ER, Inderal, zonisamide, timolol, divalproex sodium, nadolol, Tenormin, Zonegran, candesartan, Catapres, valproic acid, olmesartan, Zestril, Inderal LA, Depakote Sprinkles, Corgard, captopril, phenelzine, Prinivil, Isoptin, Calan, Lioresal, riboflavin, Calan SR, feverfew, acebutolol, Isoptin SR, Stavzor, Verelan, InnoPran XL, Topamax Sprinkle, onabotulinumtoxina, Vitamin B2, nimodipine, Topiragen, Kemstro, Covera-HS, Blocadren, Verelan PM, Catapres-TTS-1, Isoptin IV