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Using Aspirin for Migraine

Post: #1
02-12-2012, 12:47 PM
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Using Aspirin for Migraine

My latest visit to the doctor has resulted in him suggesting that I take three aspirin at the onset of a migraine. He has stressed that this needs to be done immediately I notice that I am going to get one. According to him, this is the newest treatment. Seems simple, perhaps too simple!

Has anyone else been given this advice? Has it worked? At the back of my mind I feel that the doctor has simply run out of options and patience and is fobbing me off with this suggestion. Any opinions gratefully received.



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02-15-2012, 01:22 AM
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Using Aspirin for Migraine

Well I wouldn't call that the "newest treatment," when I've heard of people doing it in the past.

It -can- work, no doubt, but just make sure you're doing it at the first little sign. If you hesitate even a little, then it won't catch it in time and you'll end up with a migraine regardless. If you have frequent migraines, I don't know what the long term effects of taking that many is, but if it's only occasional, it's worth a shot. I'm not sure what it is about aspirin that seems to cut it so well, but you may want to try the same with OTC Excedrin Migraine....that seems to work for my mom's. She may still end up with a headache, but it won't head into a full blown migraine at least.



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02-16-2012, 11:58 AM
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Using Aspirin for Migraine

(02-15-2012 01:22 AM)Jessi Wrote:  Well I wouldn't call that the "newest treatment," when I've heard of people doing it in the past.

It -can- work, no doubt, but just make sure you're doing it at the first little sign. If you hesitate even a little, then it won't catch it in time and you'll end up with a migraine regardless. If you have frequent migraines, I don't know what the long term effects of taking that many is, but if it's only occasional, it's worth a shot. I'm not sure what it is about aspirin that seems to cut it so well, but you may want to try the same with OTC Excedrin Migraine....that seems to work for my mom's. She may still end up with a headache, but it won't head into a full blown migraine at least.

Thanks Jessi - it's the first time it's been suggested to me in I don't know how many visits to my doctor, so I imagined it was new! Obviously just the first time my doctor has got around to telling me about it! He also emphasised that it must be at the first sign of the headache, so I will do that.

Like you, I do worry about the long term effects of taking aspirin, but when I have a migraine I would probably take anything to make it stop. Thanks for the suggestion of Excedrin Migraine (not sure if we have it in the UK, I will investigate).



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Post: #4
03-07-2012, 02:30 AM
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RE: Using Aspirin for Migraine

I suffer from migraine headaches. They seem to come in bunches. I can go for months without having one, and when i do have one. it is followed by several more in a weeks time. I am able to feel it coming on, before it is there. I am going to try the 3 asprins at the onset, and see if it works for me. The only thing that seems to work right now are darvocet. I would rather not take that strong of a drug if I don't have to.



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03-19-2012, 03:21 AM
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RE: Using Aspirin for Migraine

I'm really afraid of taking any meds when I have migraines. Even this aspirin.. according to some studies it can cause internal bleeding. :/ So, as much as possible I don't take any medication and rely on natural remedies.



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03-27-2012, 08:05 AM
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Acronesh, unless you are very unwell to begin with, aspirin is not really much of a danger and is certainly better than experiencing the pain. For myself, however, aspirin really does little to manage the pain. If I do catch a migraine early, I try to take some form of muscle relaxant and that certainly does wonders. Unfortunately, many times migraines arrive when it is inconvenient, so I am unable to take the medications.



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03-31-2012, 10:43 PM
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(03-19-2012 08:21 AM)acronesh Wrote:  I'm really afraid of taking any meds when I have migraines. Even this aspirin.. according to some studies it can cause internal bleeding. :/ So, as much as possible I don't take any medication and rely on natural remedies.



Internal bleeding is a risk of taking too much aspirin. Three aspirin tablets are not going to cause this, but they may, however, cause some stomach discomfort. This can be prevented by having someting in the stomach before swallowing the pills.

Honeybee- have you gotten a migraine since you posted this topic? I am curious to whether the remedy worked for you?



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Post: #8
04-10-2012, 06:22 PM
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RE: Using Aspirin for Migraine

I suffer from migraine headaches. They seem to come in bunches. I can go for months without having one, and when i do have one. it is followed by several more in a weeks time. I am able to feel it coming on, before it is there. I am going to try the 3 asprins at the onset, and see if it works for me. The only thing that seems to work right now are darvocet. I would rather not take that strong of a drug if I don't have to.



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