February 01, 2001
Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts February 2001 Current Issue
February 2001
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One in four women and 8 percent of men suffer from migraine headaches, generally characterized by throbbing, one-sided pain in the temple, forehead or eye, according to Headache.Net (www.headache.net). Episodes might be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and aversions to sound and light.

Because these are no ordinary headaches, simple aspirin might not bring relief. Treatments fall into two categories: medicines that stop an attack, and those that prevent one. Over-the-counter drugs like Excedrin Migraine might ease mild to moderate symptoms. For more serious attacks, prescription drugs known as triptans are among the prevailing remedies; they block a chemical in the brain called serotonin, which has been linked to migraine pain.

Preventive treatments include beta blockers, such as propranolol, which slightly lower blood pressure. Finding the best solution might require experimenting under a doctor’s care.


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