Too Many Meds? Think Migraine Procedure

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August 26, 2014

It isn’t a major information breakthrough for many migraine sufferers, but in a recently published study, medical researchers found that the over the counter (OTC) branded migraine treatment Excedrin, is an effective pain reliever.

However unlike a migraine procedure, this medication treatment is not recommended for chronic severe migraines.   The treatment is actually a combination of substances, which can be taken separately in specific proportional doses. As with many medications, overuse can lead to unfortunate outcomes.

The study, published recently in the journal Cephalalgia, reviewed the outcome of patients treated for migraine with Excedrin, (a combination of acetaminophen, caffeine and acetylsalicylic acid/aspirin), ibuprofen and placebo tablets. The researchers, who received funding from the maker of Excedrin, found that it was more effective than ibuprofen. And both of these medications treated symptoms better than the placebo pills.

In an interview reported on, the lead author emphasized that the combination drug should be taken reasonably. He said, “Utilization of combination analgesics is dangerous. Taking six to eight pills per day, that is not the way to utilize any analgesic product.” This might suggest that for some chronic migraine sufferers, drug free treatments like a migraine procedure could be a better choice.

The caffeine contained in Excedrin accelerates the absorption of pain medication into the body. However, taken in high doses, it can also lead to chronic rebound headaches. Acetaminophen overuse, according to WebMD, can lead to serious liver damage. Drinking alcohol might also increase this risk. Aspirin chronic overuse can lead to several adverse conditions according to the National Institutes of Health website, MedlinePlus.   These include rapid heartbeat, fatigue and ear ringing.

For people with a chronic condition, medication free migraine treatments, like the Omega migraine procedure could offer a safer and more effective long-term solution than relying on continuous medication consumption. As we know from medical literature and, common sense, too much of a good thing…is not always so good.

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