Migraine is very disabling, which takes a toll on mood which can lead to depression and anxiety. As if living with the debilitating pain and other disturbing symptoms of chronic migraine wasn’t enough, combine it with a psychiatric disorder and quality of life drastically declines for many migraineurs. Comorbidity means two chronic diseases or conditions existing simultaneously in a patient. Chronic migraine is often comorbid with psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders and bipolar disorder. However,...Read More
Taking Anti-depressants and Migraine prescription drugs can be dangerous and even a lethal combination. 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.Read More
HEADACHES IN CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BE DISMISSED! One out of 4 children will have complained of headache pain before the age of 15. Parents often dismiss headache complaints by children, or merely address the problem with a painkiller and a nap, not knowing their child may be on a path to a lifetime of suffering migraines. Childhood migraines are often different than adult migraines. While adult migraines often last four hours or more, and settle on one side of the head, in a child, a...Read More
For difficult to treat conditions like Autism, physicians will often start to prescribe new classes of drugs that typically are used for other conditions, if studies are published that show benefits for the newer condition. Physicians are allowed to prescribe a medicine to treat a condition for which it has not been approved by the FDA. This is called “off-label” use of drugs. A class of anti-depressants known as SRI’s (serotonin uptake inhibitors) has been used by many physicians to...Read More
Dr. Marc Siegel and Dr. David Samadi weighed in on Fox News Live this morning regarding a recent study that supports a connection between migraines and depression. He stated, “90% of all headaches we have are migraines. It’s a very good study but we don’t know if it’s the fact that you have migraines that make you depressed… maybe your lifestyle changes, maybe it’s intractable, because you are so bothered by the headaches. Or is there something that the migraine...Read More
COMBINING ANTIDEPRESSANTS AND MIGRAINE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS Taking 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...Read More
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