Am I going to get addicted to my preventative treatment?
My preventative treatment is really helpful, but I am scared to take it for an extended period of time, because I think it may be bad for me… Many patients are worried about becoming addicted to their preventative treatment, especially when it comes to antidepressants….
Will I have to take a preventative treatment forever?
Most patients are worried about taking treatments for an extended period of time. “Is this treatment toxic for my body? Does it create addiction? Will its effect fade away? What if I get better?” Most of the time, when you take a preventative treatment, it…
Is Botox useful against migraines?
Health Canada approved the use of Botox to treat chronic migraine in the fall of 2011. Their approval was based on 2 scientific studies (called PREEMPT) showing significant benefits from Botox compared to a placebo. Botox (purified botulinum toxin) has been used for a long…
How to avoid medication overuse?
Medication overuse is more likely to happen if you use triptans or narcotics more than 10 days per month, OR if you use analgesics or anti-inflammatories more than 15 days per month. If you use multiple medication, you should aim for 10 days per month…
What do I do if I already have medication overuse and very frequent headaches?
The key is to stop the medication overuse. This is not always easy, as the headaches often become temporarily worse when the overused medication is stopped. There are five important components which are necessary for most people with migraine and medication overuse headache if they…
When should you use a preventative treatment?
A preventative treatment is indicated if the frequency of your migraines has an impact on your personal and/or professional life, despite having a healthy lifestyle. SITUATION A: I have 3 attacks a month or less If you have few attacks per month or year, without…
What preventative treatments are available?
The following table presents various preventative treatments which have been scientifically proven to be effective against migraine. Please note that medicines have two names, the pharmacological and the commercial names of the substance. The names of generic drugs often start with apo-. If you want…
Why take antidepressants to treat migraine?
Antidepressants often have a bad reputation with patients. However, they are efficient when it comes to reducing the frequency of migraines. Read this article to know more about antidepressants. Clinical scenario : You consult with a migraine specialist. He or she prescribes Elavil, saying this medicine…
How to plan a preventative treatment trial?
Before starting a preventative treatment, it is important that you understand what the steps are. In order to assess the effectiveness of a preventative treatment, knowing the initial situation is required. What is the frequency of your attacks? Using a migraine diary is very useful….
What is medication overuse and why is it important?
If you have frequent headaches and are using symptomatic medications frequently, could your medication use be part of the problem? Shown below are the limits suggested by the International Headache Society which, if exceeded, places people, particularly those with migraine, at risk for increasing headache…
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