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Hair Loss from Topamax? Recommendations for Battling Topirimate Side-Effects

August 26th, 2017

 

 

Topamax and Hair Loss
hairloss from topamax
Topical Treatments and Nutritional Options

Discover What’s Working for Others

If you search online for “Topamax and Hair Loss” you will find many posts from people struggling with this problem and seeking advice. Just why and how Topamax causes hair loss for some users is not known, but more and more users are reporting this side-effect.

The NIH (U.S. National Institutes of Health) list hair loss as a side-effect of Topamax.  Topiramate is an anti-seizure drug taken to help prevent migraines. It can cause mild-moderate to serious side effects that may include abnormal sensations (often tingling), fatigue, nausea, changes in taste, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and weight loss. More severe side effects can occur, including difficulty with thinking and concentration.

Topiramate -additional side effects. (see bottom of page for MedlinePlus list.)

Topiramate may cause osteoporosis (a condition in which bones can break more easily) in adults and rickets (abnormal, curved bone growth) in children. Topiramate may also slow the growth of children and may decrease the final height that children reach. Talk to your doctor about the risks of taking topiramate.

If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch) or by phone (1-800-332-1088).

Two Tactics for Combating Hair Loss:

From the inside (nutritionally) and from the outside (topical treatments)

Topical Treatments:
Some people have had success with the following products when applied to hair and scalp

Nioxin shampoo and products for thinning hair – Often recommended for cancer patients who lose their hair due to chemotherapy, Nioxin can be found in many retail stores, beauty supply stores and online.

Ginger Ginger Root & Coconut Oil for Stimulating Hair Regrowth – Purchase fresh ginger root from the produce department of your grocery store and a jar of coconut oil.  It will be solid but easily melts at ward temperatures or when heated.

Preparation:  Peel and slice ginger into small pieces to fit in a blender or food processor.  Blend to a pulp (do not add water) and then place the ball of pulp on a thick towel, wrap and squeeze the juice into a bowl.  Melt the coconut oil by placing it in a small bowl and then placing the bottom of the small bowl into a larger bowl filled with hot water.  Never microwave the oil or it will destroy the beneficial properties.  Add the squeezed ginger juice to the coconut oil and mix with a spoon.  You may put this concoction in a plastic or glass jar, bowl or bottle for storage. Glass is best as you can place it in warm/hot water to melt each time you want to use it.   If you store it in a bottle with a dropper it is easy to apply with the dropper to you scalp.

May purchase at Whole Foods Market or other stores.

You can also use a small paint brush or drizzle it on with your fingers.  Massage into your scalp.  You can tie up your hair or pin it back while the mixture stays on your scalp for  at least 2 hours before washing it off with cold water.  Shampoo and condition as normal.    You may also use it before bedtime, put a plastic shower cap on your head or lay your head on a towel when you sleep due to the slight oiliness.  You can wash out in the morning with your regular shampoo.  The great properties of ginger and coconut oil will nourish your hair, prevent breakage and stimulate hair growth. Use it regularly at least 3 times a week if  you have hair loss problems and don’t just want to stimulate your hair follicles, prevent dandruff and keep your hair nourished.  Here is a great online video with step by step instructions.  Ginger Root Coconut Oil Treatment Video.

Rosemary Oil (herb) – Although it’s not clear how rosemary works for hair loss, applying it to the scalp irritates the skin and increases blood circulation.  Using rosemary oil for hair loss is one of the most effective, natural solutions. Rosemary essential oil stimulates circulation to the scalp and destroys any bacteria that could clog hair follicles.

Rosemary for Daily Use – You may also use rosemary oil for hair loss on a daily basis through scalp massage and with daily shampooing. For a daily massage to stimulate new growth, add two drops of rosemary oil to one ounce of jojoba oil. Rub into the scalp for three minutes in the morning before showering. Another tip for nourishing your hair on a daily basis is to add rosemary to your shampoo or conditioner. Use one drop of oil for every four ounces of shampoo or conditioner. For hair loss, rosemary essential oil blends well with lavender, sage or peppermint. If blending, use half rosemary essential oil and half of your choice of another oil.

Hot Oil Hair Treatment – Once a week use a hot oil treatment for your hair and scalp. Combine 5 drops of rosemary essential oil with 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a small jar with a lid.  Warm the oil-rosemary solution by placing the jar in a bowl of  hot water (recently boiled) the oil is warm.  Comb through damp hair. Wrap a bath towel around your head to keep in the heat and let stand for 20 minutes or more.  The rosemary treatment and heat will increase circulation to the scalp and you should see an improvement with hair growth

Lavender & Other Essential Oils for Hair Growth –  This is a treatment that has been recommended for people with Alopecia areata (a type of hair loss that occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles, which is where hair growth begins).  This essential oil blend includes lavender, thyme, rosemary, cedarwood, plus the carrier oils jojoba and grape-seed (a carrier oil dilutes the essential oils and aids in the delivery of their healing properties without irritation).
To make an essential oil blend, mix the following:
3 drops of lavender oil
3 drops of rosemary oil
2 drops of thyme oil
2 drops of cedarwood oil
4 tsp. of grapeseed oil
1/2 tsp of jojoba oil
Mix the oils well before massaging the oil into your scalp. Apply to a small patch of your scalp before putting it on your entire scalp, to see how your skin reacts. If you do not have a negative reaction, massage the mixture into your scalp five minutes, being sure to cover bald or thinning spots. If the lavender oil becomes overwhelming to your senses, add a little more of one of the carrier oils (grapeseed, jojoba or even olive oil) to further dilute the mixture. Try not to dilute the oil too much, though, because you may lose the benefit. After you’re done, cover your hair with a towel. It’s suggested, that to see the best results, one should do this routinely for at least seven months. Apply before bed, and wash your hair in the morning.

Nutritional Options: Many people experience improvement (with hair loss AND migraines) when they address nutritional deficiencies

Biotin – is a member of the B-vitamin family known as Vitamin B7 and helps with cell growth and blood sugar maintenance. It has been proven to help hair grow stronger and longer and it also helps strengthen your nails.h It has even been shown to reverse premature graying.  It is especially important to the skin cells as they are frequently replaced due to their exposure to the outside environment. Biotin also protects the nervous system, preventing seizures, ataxia and loss of muscle tone.

Biotin is also great for stress because it’s an important component of the nerves. Stress can cause hair loss so adding biotin to the diet gives protection both to the hair follicles and to the nerves that support their proper function.Check the supplement bottle for recommended dosage.  Many people start with 1,000 mcg. for hair loss  with a possibility of increasing up to 5,000 if they are not experiencing success at a lower dose.

Topamax and MigreLief  MigreLief 4 formulas

We often receive emails from patients informing us that MigreLief was recommended to them in combination with Topamax.  Although we have no knowledge of MigreLief helping with hair loss specifically, MigreLief has been reported to work well with Topamax in the reduction of side-effects in some users.

MigreLief contains Magnesium, high dose Riboflavin and the herb Feverfew (a proprietary form of whole leaf and extract.)  MigreLief was formulated to address the underlying nutritional deficiencies and imbalances, as well as dysfunctional brain processes, that lead to migraines in the first place.

MigreLief works by helping a migraine sufferer to maintain the normal cerebrovascular tone and function he or she enjoys on migraine-free days.  If you add MigreLief to your migraine prevention regimen, we suggest taking it for 90 days for maximum benefits.   Although many migraine sufferers have reported success in less time, the 90 days is sufficient time to build up nutritional levels for maximum effectiveness.  During this period, fast acting MigreLief-NOW may be kept on hand at all times and taken at the first sign of discomfort.

 

MigreLief – 4 Formulas to Meet Everyone’s Needs

Available in 3 daily maintenance formulas:  Original, Menstrual Migraine and Children’s (age 2-11).
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MORE CAUSES OF HAIR LOSS
In addition to medications, the following can also lead to hair loss:

  • Hormonal changes, including menopause
  • Increased production of DHT, a form of testosterone
  • Stress
  • Alopecia, or pattern baldness
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Thyroid issues, especially in regards to an iodine deficiency
  • Illness and medication

For hair loss in general, maintaining a healthy lifestyle will promote hair growth.  Eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of sleep to regenerate cells and promote overall health is very important.  Foods rich in iron, vitamin A & D are known for supporting healthy hair;  spinach, bok-choy, carrots, sweet-potatoes, nuts, fish, chicken, and blueberries, to name a few, all will contribute to healthier hair. Taking MigreLief, drinking plenty of water, eating a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals  while avoiding stress and other well known migraine triggers when possible, will all contribute to a migraine preventive regimen better quality of life.

Follow the links below to additional online  forums discussing hair loss and Topamax.  Visit MigreLief.com for more information.

 

Topamax and hair loss suggestions? – MDJunction

  • www.mdjunction.com/forums/migraine-headaches-discussions/general-support/10… I have been on 75mg of topamax for the past 8 months. I lost around 12 lbs. but I’ ve noticed that my hair has been falling out.  I take many 
  • Can Topamax Cause Alopecia?  – 2015 study
  • So sad to stop Topamax, but can’t deal with hair loss – Topix

    www.topix.com/forum/drug/topamax/TFRFH8A8NCDNCVMN2 – Similar to So sad to stop Topamax, but can’t deal with hair loss – Topix I’ve had every test there is and still have no diagnosis (possible MS? freak migraines?), but my neuro put me on Topamax. It was awesome.

  • Hair loss and Topamax – Weight Loss Alternatives – MedHelp

    www.medhelp.org/posts/Weight-Loss-Alternatives/Hair-loss-and-To… – Similar to Hair loss and Topamax – Weight Loss Alternatives – MedHelp Sep 4, 2006  I have been prescribed Wellbutrin for depression and Topamax as a mood stabilizer. The combination worked very well for me and the bonus 

Is “Hair Loss” Even Listed as a Side Effect?!

It’s always good to read the warnings regarding side-effects before starting a new drug. However, many people have stated that hair-loss is not listed as a side-effect of Topamax.  It doesn’t appear that hair loss is mentioned anywhere, confirming the frustration of so many migraine sufferers – they didn’t expect it, making it all the more aggravating.  But if you take a closer look – the hair loss information may be there, but in disguise, referred to as Alopecia.

According to the official Topamax website, the common side-effects are numbness and tingling in the arms and legs, fatigue, taste change (food and drink tastes different), difficulty with concentration and difficulty with memory.  Hair loss is not mentioned.  Serious Topamax side-effects are described in the manufacturers Important Safety Information section.

MedlinePlus, an informative drug database and service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health provides a lot of information, but does not seem to mention anything about hair loss.

Topamax and Hair Loss – What Can You Do?

Visiting online forums is a good way to read the stories of others who are experiencing the same dilemma and discover what is or isn’t working.  Nutritional options and remedies are also shared. You’ll see that users share their frustration about their hair loss from Topamax, and about being uninformed of this side-effect …with a few people stating it could take a year for hair to grow back once stopping Topamax. However, there are many who are experiencing regrowth as they supplement their nutritional deficiencies, and others who benefit from the information provided in the Hair Loss Black Book, and the Women’s Hair Loss Project is also another resource.

Additional Information:
MedlinePlus (U.S. NIH National Library of Medicine) Topirimate Info & List of Side-effects

Topiramate may cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • numbness, burning, or tingling in the hands or feet
  • slowed reactions
  • nervousness
  • headache
  • drowsiness
  • weakness
  • uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
  • uncontrollable eye movements
  • weight loss
  • constipation
  • heartburn
  • change in ability to taste food
  • dry mouth
  • nosebleed
  • teary or dry eyes
  • back, muscle, leg, or bone pain
  • missed menstrual periods
  • excessive menstrual bleeding

Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms or those listed in the SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS section, call your doctor immediately:

  • blurred vision
  • loss of vision
  • double vision
  • eye pain
  • eye redness
  • worsening of seizures
  • feeling cold, chills, or low body temperature
  • difficulty concentrating
  • speech problems, especially difficulty thinking of specific words
  • confusion
  • memory problems
  • loss of coordination
  • pounding or irregular heartbeat
  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • trouble breathing
  • fast, shallow breathing
  • inability to respond to things around you
  • excessive tiredness
  • diarrhea
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • stomach pain
  • loss of appetite
  • intense back or side pain
  • bloody, cloudy, or foul-smelling urine
  • constant need to urinate
  • difficulty urinating or pain when urinating
  • fever or other signs of infection

Topiramate may cause osteoporosis (a condition in which bones can break more easily) in adults and rickets (abnormal, curved bone growth) in children. Topiramate may also slow the growth of children and may decrease the final height that children reach. Talk to your doctor about the risks of taking Topiramate.

Topiramate may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.

If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch) or by phone (1-800-332-1088).

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  • NO Caffeine
  • NO Acetaminophen
  • NO Ibuprofen
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MigreLief-NOW may be used by itself on an “AS NEEDED” basis, or combined with any of the MigreLief daily maintenance formulas used by chronic migraine sufferers (MigreLief, Children’s MigreLief or MigreLief+M).  MigreLief-NOW may also be combined with medications.

Recommended usage:  Adults take 2 to 4 capsules immediately (may take two more capsules two hours later, if needed).  Children age 2-11 may take half of the adult dose – 1 or 2 capsules immediately (one more capsule two hours later, if needed).

Reach for MigreLief-NOW instead of medications or pain-relievers. (Avoid their side-effects too!)  Possible side-effects from NSAIDs include:

  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • Kidney Damage
  • Liver Damage
  • Ulcers
  • Bleeding
  • Hair Loss

 

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Migraine Drug Sales are Expected to Almost Double Over the Next 8 Years. One Must Ask Oneself Why?

December 3rd, 2012

Remember When a Billion Dollars Used to Be a Lot of Money?  Well It’s Not Enough for the Pharmceutical Companies. Migraine Drug Sales are Expected to Almost Double Over the Next 8 Years.  One Must Ask Oneself Why?

One of the world’s leading research and advisory firms for pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, Decision Resources, recently reported that the market for migraine therapies will increase tremendously in the next 8 years.  If all of these pharmaceutical drugs advertise how effectively they put an end to migraine pain, then why are their sales projected to almost double over the next 8 years, going from 3.3 billion to 5.8 billion by 2021.

The population is not expected to come close to doubling in this time period, so does this mean that there will be twice as many people who have migraines? Could this mean that these drugs are actually causing more migraines in the people who use them? The answer is YES!

The concept of “MOH” (medication-overuse-headaches) is well-known and written about by dozens of neurologists and headache/migraine experts in published medical journals. It basically states that using both prescription and over-the-counter drugs too often to treat migraine pain actually results in an increased number of new migraines. These additional new migraines caused by over use of these drugs are also referred to as rebound headaches.

A recent article which reported this projected increase in migraine drug sales also stated that “the largest unmet need for migraine sufferers was in the use of prophylactic options (products that prevent the migraines from occurring rather than just taking something to try to reduce the pain after a migraine has already started).

The article went on to state that no new prophylactic options are projected to be available before 2021. Fortunately, one of the best, safest, effective, non-drug options to maintaining the normal cerebrovascular function that you have on your migraine-free days, is available right now at CVS stores throughout the U.S. as wells as on CVS.com and MigreLief.com

IF YOU SUFFER CHRONIC MIGRAINES – MIGRELIEF WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

 

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.

GOOD NEWS FOR CHRONIC MIGRAINE SUFFERERS…PREVENTION IS KEY AND WITHIN REACH!

June 19th, 2012

WHEN YOU ARE SICK AND TIRED OF BEING SICK AND TIRED – IT’S TIME TO CHOOSE MIGRAINE RELIEF THAT LASTS A LIFETIME.

Why are you still suffering chronic migraines?

Stephen Silberstein, M.D., director of the Jefferson Headache Center and professor of neurology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia is one of the most published migraine neurologists in the country.

According to Dr. Silberstein, “One of the greatest bugaboos we see every day in headache centers is patients with chronic daily or near-daily headache, who are overusing medication. It is our most common problem.  These patients have often not responded to treatment and in an attempt to treat themselves, actually make the problem worse. This is not addiction or an attempt to get ‘high’; rather, it is motivated by the patient’s desire to relieve pain and dysfunction.”

He added, “Migraine preventive therapy is grossly underused.”

We are happy to report…

TO REDUCE THE FREQUENCY & INTENSITY OF MIGRAINES, PHYSICIANS, NEUROLOGISTS AND LEADING HEADACHE CLINICS ARE RECOMMENDING MIGRELIEF TODAY MORE THAN EVER BEFORE.

This is good news for migraine sufferers, who have run the gambit of side-effect prone prescription and OTC drugs, only to find themselves caught up in a vicious cycle of recurring migraines (rebound headaches) or medication overuse headaches (MOH).

Officially, you are considered a chronic migraineur if you experience the symptoms of migraine attacks 15 days or more a month and therefore a candidate for the various preventive migraine options that exist.

Of course this is somewhat of an arbitrary definition and who is to say that if you experience 12 days a month of debilitating pain and live on pain medications, that you also wouldn’t benefit from preventive therapies.

Furthermore, the American Academy of Neurology recommends considering prevention when migraines substantially impact a patient’s life.

The AAN defines substantial as:

• Recurring migraines that significantly interfere with daily routine, despite acute treatment

• Frequent headaches

• Contraindication to, failure of, or over use of acute therapies

• Adverse events with acute therapies

• Patient preference

• Presence of uncommon migraine conditions, including hemiplegic migraine, basiliar migraine, migraine with prolonged aura , or migrainous infarction.

Unlike medications taken to relieve the pain and other symptoms of a migraine attack once it occurs, preventive therapies are prescription medications or certain supplements that are taken on a daily basis to prevent migraines from occurring in the first place or to decrease the frequency, intensity and duration of migraines.

If it has become obvious to you that taking pain relievers to treat the pain of your migraines, has become an all too frequent part of your month, then preventive options may, really improve the quality of your life.

The issue is that many migraineurs who have tried prescription preventive migraine drugs have experienced a range of side-effects, some of which are annoying enough to cause them to stop using these medications.

A list of just some of the side-effects associated with these various types of medications are *

Loss of sex drive
Memory problems
Speech problems
Unwanted weight gain or loss
Tightness in the chest
Dry mouth
Severe dizziness
Blurred vision

*Not every preventive medication has all of these side-effects.

Neurology studies and surveys such as the one published in the journal “Headache” and carried out by the Michigan Head Pain Neurological Institute have shown that patients want and need their physicians to explain the side-effects they may be exposed to when they need to make a choice as to what preventive options they are going to try.

The survey found that chronic migraineurs are even willing to take more than one preventive medicine if additional relief is noticed.   Two of the biggest side-effect concerns amongst women migraineurs were weight gain and sleepiness.

According to Dr. Silberstein, “Migraine prevention can be difficult to initiate. Patients may be hesitant to take daily medication for headache. Often, education and patients are key to successful treatment with preventive medications.”

Silberstein continues, “It may take some patients up to 3 months to see an improvement in headache patterns, especially if they are not keeping a diary, where headaches slowly become less frequent and less severe. Until successful preventive medication is underway, regulating acute medications can be problematic.  Coexisting conditions (depression, anxiety) also may need to be monitored and possibly treated. “  (Link to past depression articles)

It is important to note that MigreLief’s natural triple therapy for prevention may be safely combined with prescription migraine and depression medications, as well as OTC drugs.  MigreLief is a good fit for migraineurs who wish to slowly detox from the overuse of medications as it has been known to lessen the side effects while it addresses the underlying nutritional deficiencies and imbalances that may have caused the migraines in the first place.

Although it is recommended that MigreLief be taken for 3 months for maximum beneficial results, many patients have reported success in as little as three weeks.

We too recommend that a migraine diary be used to track the preventive effects of MigreLief, the reduction in migraine frequency and severity as well as the reduction in need for prescription medications.


MigreLief’s triple therapy approach for prevention stems from the three natural ingredients listed in the American Academy of Neurology’s Evidence Based Guidelines for Migraine Prophylaxis, Magnesium (oxide and citrate), Riboflavin (B-2) and Puracol Feverfew (Proprietary form of the herb Feverfew (whole leaf and extract)

Information from physicians who are using MigreLief in their practices suggest that although these three ingredients work to some degree independently, they may have a synergistic affect when used in combination and therefore assist to maintain proper tone of cerebral blood vessels. By improving tone, blood may flow freely from vessel to vessel and prevent sudden spasms. It may also inhibit platelet aggregation, stabilize membranes, and decrease the inflammatory process. **(Magnesium, Riboflavin, and Feverfew – Therapeutic Use in Migraine Prevention)

 

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Magnesium:  Research studies show that almost half of all migraine sufferers have low blood levels of Magnesium, which is critical in controlling vasospasms (the contraction and dilation of blood vessels in the brain which occurs during migraines).

Riboflavin (B-2):  Migraine sufferers also suffer mitochondrial energy deficiencies, which Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) can improve when given in high dosages.

Puracol Feverfew:  The plant material Feverfew has been shown to reduce platelet aggregation, which can lead to vasoconstriction.  The Puracol technology simultaneously maximizes parthenolide levels while maintaining the full spectrum of all the other naturally occurring compounds found in the whole plant.

DON’T JUST TREAT THE SYMPTOMS OF MIGRAINE DISEASE – CONSIDER AN ALTERNATIVE TO SUFFERING A LIFETIME OF RECURRING PAIN

If you feel that you are a candidate for preventive options, please visit www.migrelief.com for more information.

MigreLief  starter kits which include a three month supply of MigreLief (3 bottles) is offered at a reduced price with free shipping.  We are so confident you will control your migraines and improve your quality of life considerably with MigreLief that we offer a 100% money back guarantee if you are unsatisfied for any reason after trying it for 3 months.

Note:  Children get migraines too!  MIGRELIEF IS A SAFE PREVENTIVE OPTION FOR CHILDREN AS YOUNG AS TWO YEARS OF AGE.

To the Best of Health,

 

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.
ABOUT CURT HENDRIX:  Appointed principal scientific investigator in 2006, Curt Hendrix received his first NIH grant to study the effects of his combination drug of naturally occurring compounds on the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. His ground breaking research led to his second NIH grant in 2009 to continue and finalize his work on arresting the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Although not yet finalized, the results are promising.  Curt is the creator and patent holder of MigreLief & is Chief Science Officer of Akeso Health Sciences L.L.C.  He is dedicated to the research and development of natural medicines and innovative, leading edge solutions for migraineurs worldwide.

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STOP THE MEDICINE…STOP THE PAIN? Side-Effects from Over-Use of Migraine Drugs for Pain

October 26th, 2011

WHEN THE MEDICATION YOU TURN TO FOR HELP
…TURNS ON YOU

You’ve probably heard it all before.  At least 30 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from migraine headaches;  75% are women.

For those who have chronic migraines (pain 15 days a month or more), the pain can be so debilitating that just waiting for it to go away, is not an option.  So those sufferers resort to either over the counter pain medications like Excedrin Migraine or prescription medications like Imitrex, or Zomig (called Triptans).

These types of medications work to varying degrees depending upon the person.  But, even when they work, all is not rosy.  Many people become so dependent upon these types of drugs in an attempt to get some relief, that without realizing it, they start using them more and more.  In fact, they start over-using them.

Of course the question needs to be asked, “Why would a person who originally starts out using them say, once a week, get to a point where he or she is actually using them several times a week?

The answers to this question, though not obvious when you are desperate and in pain, are very simple. Either the migraines are occurring more frequently, the migraines are more painful, or the drug isn’t working as well as it originally did.

Either way, which ever answer fits your particular situation, the prognosis is not good. You now need these drugs even more because your problem is now worse…NOT better.

The responsible, occasional use of these kinds of drugs is not an issue.  They are safe and effective when used sparingly and serve a definite purpose. However, when over-used, a whole other bunch of risks come into play.

Dr. Fred Sheftell, a well known headache doctor, is upset and concerned that these medications contain no warnings on their labels. He states “There’s nothing that I know of where any of these products say anything about the genesis of rebound headaches and chronic daily headache…I’d like to see that.”

The following is an excerpt from an article posted in ABCnews 20/20. It highlights just how complicated and even dangerous this dependence upon these drugs can become when people feel they have no other options to deal with their migraine pain.

A Vicious Cycle –Excerpted from ABCNews 20/20

“Here’s how experts think rebound starts. Normally, when you take a pain reliever for an occasional headache, the medicine turns off pain receptors in the brain. But in a person prone to headaches — especially migraine headaches — pain relievers taken more than two to three days a week on a regular basis can make the pain receptors more sensitive than usual.

Consequently, as soon as the medicine wears off, these hyper-sensitive receptors turn on to produce a new headache. That leads the headache sufferer to take more medicine, which, in turn, leads to more headaches — a truly vicious cycle. Before long, most rebound patients are taking headache medicine every single day.

This vicious cycle nearly killed Eric Peterson, a 26-year-old veterinary student. But what will shock you is how little medicine it took to get him in trouble. Peterson’s problems started in high school with migraine headaches that hit him a couple of times a week.

“I think I started with an ibuprofen type. I wasn’t finding a tremendous amount of relief with that. I tried Excedrin and found that controlled things nicely for me,” Peterson said.

Daily Habit Can Trigger Serious Health Problems

Initially, Peterson was able to manage his headaches by taking two Excedrin just two to three times a week, but that was enough to lead to rebound headaches. Soon, Eric was taking the pain relievers every day, which was very bad for both his head and his stomach.

Peterson’s health problems became painfully clear last summer at a Chicago Cubs game. “We were walking up the stands to find our seats and I became very dizzy and light-headed and nearly passed out,” he said.

Years of taking Excedrin had eaten away at Peterson’s stomach lining. He was sitting in the stands slowly bleeding to death. Just four hours later Eric wound up in a hospital emergency room. Doctors were able to save his life, but they told him he could no longer take over-the-counter pain killers.

This was frightening news for Peterson, who had become so reliant on the pain relievers. He was more concerned about how he was going to manage his headaches than he was about the damage to his stomach. “I didn’t know how I was going to cope from day to day without having to be able to take that medication,” he said.

Stop the Medicine, Stop the Pain?

Duane Soderquist, 25 years ago, was in a situation very similar to Peterson’s. Soderquist said, “I think I had seven free headache days in 10 years.”

It was Soderquist’s case that caught the attention of Dr. Joel Saper, a neurologist and founder of the Michigan Head-Pain Neurological Institute in Ann Arbor. A pioneer in the treatment of rebound headaches, Dr. Saper said it was Soderquist who first opened his eyes to the fact that over-the-counter medications could imprison a brain in rebound headaches.

  • Soderquist had seen 20 doctors for his excruciating daily headaches. At that time, no one realized that his headaches were a result of the hyper-sensitive pain receptors in his brain turned on by the handfuls of over-the-counter medication he was taking every single day. Soderquist said he was taking about 50 tablets a day.
  • Dr. Saper hospitalized Soderquist, taking him off the medication. “I thought I was gonna die for three days,” Soderquist said. But then an amazing thing happened. Once the medication had cleared from Soderquist’s system, his headaches stopped — for the first time in 10 years. Dr. Saper said, “That’s when I learned the power and the potency of the rebound effect and the need to take people off those medicines.”
  • Today, Soderquist is virtually headache-free and enormously grateful to Dr. Saper. “The day I left and went home after not having a headache — there at the hospital, the last day — it was just like somebody took a house off my back,” Soderquist said.
  • Nearly 90 percent of the patients at Dr. Saper’s headache clinic are diagnosed with rebound headaches and each one takes the same first step: Stop the medicine.
  • Eric Peterson was actually able to detox at home, but he admits it was brutal. “For probably about three days I just had intolerable headaches. … It was probably the most miserable three days of my life,” he said.
  • But the payoff was worth it!  Eric is finally free from daily rebound headaches and he’s managing his occasional migraines with preventive medications and newer treatments like biofeedback.

Can You Get Hooked?

  • So, do these cases mean you could get hooked on the over-the-counter pain medicines you’re taking? It’s important to remember that if you’re taking these medicines for other problems, like arthritis, it’s usually OK. Rebound headaches can be triggered by the overuse of a wide variety of over-the-counter and prescription medications.
  • But if you’re starting to take medicines more frequently for headaches be careful. Also remember that migraines are the kind of headache most likely to lead to rebound.
  • Dr. Saper said it’s most important that frequent headache sufferers consult a physician. “If you’re using this medication more than two or three days per week on a regular basis,” Dr. Saper said, “talk to your doctor about the possibility of rebound headache.”

The Caffeine Connection

It is infuriating to think that products like Excedrin Migraine contain caffeine.  It is well known that caffeine is addictive.  People trying to wean off caffeine go through major symptoms of drug withdrawal, including more headaches.   Dr. Alex Mauskop director of the New York Headache Clinic stated that “Getting off caffeine is one of the best things that migraine sufferers can do to reduce the frequency of their headaches.”

Yet this is much easier said than done and the makers of these products know it!

If any of the following signs apply to you, you are probably experiencing Rebound/Medication Overuse Headaches and have probably realized by now, that spending the rest of  your life taking pain medications is NOT the answer.

•You suffer from headaches daily or every other day.

•Your pain intensifies about three hours after your last dose of medication.

•Your pain medications don’t work as well as they used to.

•You take more medication, but your headaches are worse.

•You rely on more pills, and you take them more often.

•You take medication even for mild headaches, and you often try to ward off a headache by using a medication.

•You take pain relievers three to four days a week, and you average more than three tablets per day. (This depends on the kind of medication you’re taking, so you’ll need your doctor’s advice.)

•Your pain runs the gamut from mild to moderate to horrible. Usually, the pain is a dull ache that you feel on both sides of your forehead and, sometimes, on the top or back of your head.

•Your headaches occur much more frequently.

To get your life back, it may be time to stop the insanity, take yourself off auto-pilot, break the cycle of misery and opt for prevention.  It is clearly the most logical and safest approach.   When I created the natural migraine preventive supplement, MigreLief, it was my firm belief that  preventing migraines before they start, is preferable to spending a lifetime treating the symptoms and risking undesirable or even dangerous side-effects.

To the Best of Health,

 

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.

 

Lifetime Television “The Balancing Act” Interviews Curt Hendrix, Creator of MigreLief, Regarding Migraine Headache Relief

June 25th, 2011

Curt Hendrix, creator of MigreLief, is interviewed on Lifetime’s Balancing Act.

Mr. Hendrix discusses causes and treatment of migraines, especially as related to women who suffer from migraine headaches.

More than 30 million people in the US suffer from migraines, and more than three-quarters are women. The key is not to treat the symptoms, but prevent the severe headaches from ever forming. We’ll show you how to do it naturally.  Watch The Balancing Act interview below.

 

New Dangers of Prescription Migraine Meds

June 16th, 2011

Dangerous Migraine Drugs ImageOVER USE OF ANTI-MIGRAINE MEDCIATIONS IS COMMON AND MAY CAUSE PERMANENT PAINFUL CHANGES TO NERVES

We have written about the medical phenomenon referred to as “Medication Over-Use Headache” (MOH) in previous articles.

In patients who over use either Over-The-Counter drugs like aspirin, Excedrin, motrin or prescription drugs like Imitrex, Zomig, Relpax, an increase in the number of migraines experienced every month, occurs.  This is also referred to a “rebound headache”.

Now, researchers have found that actual changes in the sensitivity of your nerves to migraine triggers may occur in patients that are over-using their anti-migraine drugs in an attempt to treat their constant pain.

Researchers of the department of pharmacology at the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona, report that, even after discontinuing the over-use of anti-migraine medications, long-lasting effects continue.

These effects include a decreased ability to withstand migraine triggers and  therefore and increased pain response to these triggers and significantly increased numbers of migraines and an increase in the painful intensity of each new migraine.

It is becoming very clear, that a lifetime of treating migraine pain with either over-the-counter medications of prescription drugs, is not a permanent solution and in fact, can sometimes make the migraine problem worse.

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.

Stopping the migraines before they start, is clearly preferable and healthier.  Join the tens of thousands of migraines sufferers who have taken control of their migraines.  www.migrelief.com

Antidepressants & Migraines – A Potentially Dangerous Drug Combination

April 6th, 2011

COMBINING ANTIDEPRESSANTS AND MIGRAINE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

 

Antidepressants combined with Migraine Drugs possibly dangerousTaking antidepressants, like Pristiq, along with certain migraine medications can lead to dangerous and even life-threatening side-effects.

Many people who suffer from depression also suffer from migraine headaches. Unfortunately, the mechanism of action of many antidepressants is to increase serotonin (a feel good neurotransmitter) levels in the brain. Triptan drugs like Imitrex, which are used to reduce or end the pain of a migraine attack also work by stimulating serotonin receptors.

This combination of antidepressants and triptan migraine drugs, can lead to too much serotonin in the brain. This is not a good thing and can result in a potentially life-threatening condition known as “serotonin syndrome.”

Though not approved for migraine prevention by the FDA, some physicians recommend antidepressants like Pristiq, for this purpose. There is very little data supporting this recommendation and not insignificant risk if they are also used with the triptan drugs like Imitrex or Zomig.

In some people, just the use of triptans alone can result in unhealthy levels of serotonin, leading to serotonin syndrome. This risk increases substantially if these people are also taking an antidepressant like Pristiq or any other of several antidepressants known either as SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) or SNRI (serotonin-noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors).

The symptoms of “serotonin syndrome” are:

Rapid heart rate and high blood pressure
Agitation or restlessness
Confusion
Dilated pupils
Loss of muscle control or twitching muscles
Heavy sweating
Diarrhea
Headache
Goose bumps
Shivering

In severe cases of serotonin syndrome life-threatening symptoms can occur:

High Fever
Seizures
Irregular heart beat
Unconsciousness

If you and your physician decide to use this combination of drugs, you must be monitored very closely for any of these signs and symptoms of serotonin syndrome.

If your migraines are bad enough, your physician may decide to stop the antidepressant so that you can use the triptan drugs with less risk (though as mentioned above, they alone, in some users can cause serotonin syndrome).

A win-win solution for many migraine sufferers who are also suffering with depression is to switch to the all natural migraine prevention supplement, MigreLief.

Prevention is clearly desirable rather than to constantly just treating the pain of migraines and there is no additional risk of serotonin syndrome when using MigreLief.

Knowledge is power.

Be well,

Curt Hendrix B.S. M.S. C.C.N. C.N.S.

 

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FDA WARNING: TOPAMAX SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASES THE RISK OF BIRTH DEFECTS IN PREGNANT USERS

March 20th, 2011

FDA Warning-Topiramate High Risk Birth DefectsTopiramate (brand name Topamax) an anti-seizure prescription drug that is also used for migraine prevention, has been found to significantly increase the risk of birth defects when used by pregnant women.

Infants who were exposed to Topamax while in the womb had a 1.4% prevalence of oral clefts (cleft palates) compared to just .38-.55% with other antiepileptic drugs.

Dr. Russell Katz of the FDA states“Before topirmate is prescribed, health care professionals should warn patients of childbearing age about the potential hazard to the fetus if a woman becomes pregnant while taking this drug.”  “Alternative medications that have a lower risk of birth defect should be considered.”

For those women of child-bearing age, who are also suffering with chronic migraine headaches, and don’t want to expose themselves to this risk,  MigreLief   the well-known, safe and very effective nutritional medicine for migraine relief, is a great alternative.

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