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Kids and Migraines: How to Help

For teens and children with migraines, feeling stressed is a significant migraine trigger — both during the stressful time and afterward. Those who suffer from migraines need to be aware and vigilant with their self-care to help decrease the number of migraines.

6 Tips for Handling Kids’ Migraines

Here are some tips on getting started with a variety of relaxation techniques. You may want to do them with your child — parenting is stressful too!

Quick Hits: Marijuana and Cognitive Impairment, New Migraine Treatment & More

Young people who frequently use marijuana may experience some cognitive impairment, according to a new study. Researchers collected data from 69 previous studies where they compared 2,152 heavy cannabis users with 6,575 people who used marijuana occasionally. Results indicated that frequent marijuana use reduced the cognitive function of young adults….

Combining Migraine Meds With Antidepressants Safe

Taking certain migraine medications in combination with antidepressants does not increase the risk of serotonin syndrome, according to a new study published in JAMA Neurology. In 2006, the FDA issued an advisory about triptan migraine drugs being associated with serotonin syndrome when combined with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and…

Botox for Migraines: Is it Safe and Does it Work?

While Botox is approved for migraine headaches, does it really reduce their frequency? And what are the risks associated with the injection? For migraine sufferers, finding a treatment that works can be, well, a headache. While there are many prescription medications available, they don’t work for everyone and often have…

Some Migraine Meds No Better Than Placebo for Children and Adolescents

Children and adolescents who suffer from migraine headaches are no better off taking the prescription drugs Topamax (topiramate) or Elavil (amitriptyline). Both medications are commonly prescribed for migraine in this population. Researchers conducted a randomized trial of children ranging in age from 8 to 17 years old with a history…

Are Migraine Meds Safe for Kids?

Up to 10% of children and teens suffer from migraine headaches, but only a few drugs are known to be safe, effective and have few side effects. A child suffering from migraines will certainly be offered medicine. But with so few drugs being tested for safety on children, what can…

Everything You Need to Know about Migraines

There is nothing like lying in the emergency room getting pumped with shot after shot of morphine while your husband and child look on in concern. I’ve found myself in this situation 3 times in the past 5 years due to a migraine so powerful I couldn’t stand, see or…

A Guide to Migraine Treatments and Their Side Effects

By Liz Neporent Treatment Category Common Treatments Potential Side Effects Notes Over the counter Used mainly as an acute treadment but can be used as preventatives under direction of a physician. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) NSAIDs. (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) Naproxen sodium (Aleve, Anaprox), and ketoprofen (Actron,…

Lifestyle Changes Can Help Control Asthma

Freshly cut grass, a friendly puppy or a dusty rug is all it takes to set off an asthma attack for Olga Cerini. “My asthma is allergy-based,”  says Cerini, who lives in New York City. But she is able to keep her asthma under control, she says, because—in addition to…

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