Avoid Drug Side Effects with a Migraine Procedure

May 6, 2013

Are you the realistic type of person?  If so, you might say ‘there is no free lunch.’  However if you are more the spiritual sort you might believe that for every ‘yin’ there is a corresponding ‘yang.’   According to health news website HealthDay, experts have reviewed the data and seem to agree.  That is, at least when it comes to pharmaceutical migraine treatments.  They conducted a review of prior studies involving migraine drugs and found that relief comes with a hefty price in the form of unpleasant side effects.  For those of you with chronic migraines, this information may offer one more reason to find out if a migraine procedure could help you prevent some of these unforeseen costs to your health and well being.

The researchers assessed the usefulness of regularly prescribed preventative medication for migraines.  Surprisingly, only about one third of the subjects benefited from a 50 percent decrease in migraine headaches. According to a headache specialist interviewed in the HealthDay report, this result is to be expected since common medications prescribed to treat migraines were not developed with this purpose.  The lead researcher indicated that although the American Headache Society and the American Academy of Neurology have endorsed 2 beta-blockers and 2 anti-epilepsy drugs as migraine treatments, an evaluation of the side effects was not taken into consideration. 

The study, published online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, notes that long-term side effects from drugs used to treat migraines has not been adequately researched.  This certainly seems to offer yet another good reason to explore drug free migraine treatments, such as one of the longer lasting migraine procedures.  People suffering with chronic migraines may want to avoid the additional health concerns and discomfort that come with drug side effects and inconsistent pain relief.  Unlike drugs, that are being used off-label to treat migraines, it is reassuring to know that a procedure like the Omega migraine procedure is specifically designed to treat chronic migraine pain. 



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