Q. Thank you for writing about taking vitamin B2 on a daily basis to prevent migraine headaches. I have suffered from them for 17 years and have been to many medical doctors, including two neurologists, two ear, nose and throat doctors and an acupuncturist. I had sinus scans and have tried many medications that never worked.
I started taking the vitamin B2 and I couldn’t believe how much it helped. I may get an occasional headache now, once a month if that. I used to get a couple every week. I am thrilled to finally be free of headaches for the most part and have told my doctor to please share this with other patients with frequent migraine headaches.
A. Riboflavin (vitamin B2) has been reported to help prevent migraines in some people (Current Treatment Options in Neurology, Jan. 2008). Other possibilities include magnesium, Coenzyme Q10 or the herbs feverfew or butterbur.
Not everyone will benefit from such therapies, but we are pleased to learn that riboflavin worked for you. Others who appreciate such non-drug approaches may find our new book, Favorite Home Remedies from The People’s Pharmacy, intriguing. We discuss treatments for migraine as well as for other common conditions from acne to warts. It is available online at www.peoplespharmacy.com.