By: Joe Graedon November 26, 2018 17 Comments
    Is New Aimovig Migraine Medicine an Advance or a…

    There have not been many new advances in migraine treatment until recently. The triptans, starting with sumatriptan (Imitrex), were the last so-called breakthroughs against migraines. That was 25 year…

    By: Terry Graedon September 17, 2018 17 Comments
    Will Vicks VapoRub Ease Facial Pain?

    We have been fascinated to hear lately from readers who have found unusual remedies. We have been writing for years about the possibility that soap can alleviate nighttime leg cramps.  We were surpri…

    By: Karen Berger, PharmD, RPh June 7, 2018 10 Comments
    How to Ease Migraine Pain without Prescriptions

    I truly sympathize with those who suffer from chronic migraines. While I occasionally have a mild headache, only once do I think I may have experienced something even close to migraine pain. When I ha…

    By: Terry Graedon May 10, 2018 8 Comments
    How Do You Weigh the Benefits and Risks of Aspir…

    Aspirin has been around over 100 years. It is one of the most versatile drugs in the pharmacy. It relieves pain, lowers fever and reduces inflammation. In addition, it has anti-platelet activity that …

    By: Terry Graedon April 30, 2018 1 Comments
    How Could a Cold Mouth Stop Your Migraine?

    Anyone who suffers from migraines would go to great lengths not to have one. Some people are very conscientious about following a migraine diet (see below). Others are careful to stick to a strict sch…

    By: Joe Graedon April 12, 2018 5 Comments
    Why Did Hot Pepper Headache Land Man in the Emer…

    Those of us who love hot peppers cherish the experience of pain and pleasure brought on by the chemical called capsaicin. That is the active ingredient in hot chili peppers that lights up our taste bu…

    By: Joe Graedon February 15, 2018 19 Comments
    What Do You Really Know About Scary Ibuprofen Si…

    Do you read the labels on OTC pain relievers? Be honest now. The last time you purchased Advil, Motrin IB or some house brand ibuprofen pills, did you check out the dosage instructions or the warnings…

    By: Terry Graedon January 15, 2018 5 Comments
    Do You Absorb Magnesium from Your Armpits?

    Milk of magnesia is a time-honored medicine to treat constipation. But that is not the only use for this versatile compound. We first heard about using milk of magnesia in the armpits to suppress odor…

    By: Terry Graedon January 1, 2018 33 Comments
    Can You Prevent Migraines by Watching Your Diet?

    Migraines are a pain. Even worse than the pain, though, is the life disruption. Some sufferers lose days every time a headache strikes hiding in a dark quiet room. They may feel horribly nauseated or …

    By: Terry Graedon October 8, 2017 5 Comments
    How to Prevent Migraine Headaches with Brain Fre…

    Migraine headaches are torture. In addition to pain that seems to worsen with every heartbeat, sufferers often describe disturbing visual changes, nausea, sensitivity to light, sound and smell as well…

    By: Terry Graedon July 24, 2017 17 Comments
    Is There a Beer That Won’t Cause Headaches…

    What causes headaches? Different people may find that their headaches have different triggers. Those who suffer from regular severe headaches such as migraines are usually eager to find the cause so t…

    By: Terry Graedon June 5, 2017 2 Comments
    How Can You Reduce Your Recurring Headaches?

    Do you have recurring headaches? Both tension headaches and migraines can cause a lot of trouble when they come back frequently. One reader found a fascinating and unique remedy. Overcoming Recurring …

    By: Joe Graedon May 15, 2017 5 Comments
    Can You Cure Killer Headaches With Ice Packs?

    There was a time decades ago when people treated really bad headaches with ice packs. Those were the days before Advil & Motrin IB (ibuprofen) and Aleve (naproxen). It was before triptan-type migr…

    By: Terry Graedon May 8, 2017 7 Comments
    Medicine for Sore Feet Linked to Unexpected Head…

    Arthritis hurts. Different people find the pain hits their joints in a very particular individual pattern, but when a joint hurts, you want relief. What will ease your joint pain? One reader found tha…

    By: Terry Graedon May 1, 2017 3 Comments
    Will Ice Stop a Killer Headache?

    What do you do for a nasty headache? If you suddenly develop a severe headache unlike anything you've experienced before, you should get medical attention right away. It might be nothing more than you…

    By: Terry Graedon February 6, 2017 3 Comments
    How Could Spicy Soup Stop Your Migraine?

    People who suffer from repeated migraine headaches are usually very eager to find a way to prevent or abort them. There are prescription medications such as sumatriptan, of course. These can be very h…

    By: Terry Graedon January 30, 2017 5 Comments
    Taking Vitamin D to Prevent Chronic Headaches

    If you suffer from chronic headaches, you would probably do nearly anything to prevent them. We know people who don't drink wine or eat chocolate because doing so might trigger a migraine. One reader…

    By: Terry Graedon January 12, 2017 2 Comments
    Is Lack of Vitamin D Behind Your Chronic Headach…

    People who are deficient in vitamin D may be more prone to chronic headaches, according to a Finnish study. The study was designed for other purposes, but it found an intriguing link between the two. …

    By: Terry Graedon December 5, 2016 4 Comments
    How to Head Off a Migraine with a Supplement

    Migraine headaches can have a dreadful impact on a person's quality of life. In addition to the pain, which can be debilitating if not excruciating, these episodes often bring on nausea, vomiting and…

    By: Joe Graedon November 7, 2016 12 Comments
    Can Stopping Excedrin Suddenly Cause A Severe He…

    Excedrin is one of those trusted brands that has been around for decades. According to the current manufacturer (Novartis), Excedrin Extra Strength was the first "multi-ingredient headache treatment p…

    By: Joe Graedon September 26, 2016 6 Comments
    Prescription for Licorice Pills Was Almost Letha…

    When most people think of licorice (or liquorice in the UK), they imagine candy such as licorice twists, Panda All Natural Soft Licorice, Twizzlers, Good & Plenty or Dutch Licorice Cats. But licor…

    By: Terry Graedon August 29, 2016 5 Comments
    How to Stop a Migraine with a Mocha Frappuccino

    Migraines are miserable. Any sufferer can tell you that without medication a migraine can result in hours or even days lying still in a dark, quiet room or throwing up in the bathroom. Is it possibl…

    By: Terry Graedon August 13, 2016 3 Comments
    How to Prevent Migraines by Eating Gluten-Free

    Many doctors are justifiably skeptical of the popularity of gluten-free foods. Some of the people who turn to these products are a bit unclear about why they are eating a gluten-free diet; others may …

    By: Terry Graedon July 25, 2016 9 Comments
    What Can You Do to Stop a Migraine?

    People who suffer from recurrent migraines will take strong measures to prevent them. But what if the pain has already started? How do you stop a migraine? Ice-Cream Headaches Might Help: Q. I have r…

    By: Joe Graedon November 30, 2015 6 Comments
    Iced Cappuccino Heads Off Killer Headaches

    Q. I have suffered for years from almost daily headaches, some of them migraines. I used to go through a bottle of Excedrin a month. About four years ago I drank an iced cappuccino by coincidence whil…

    By: Joe Graedon August 17, 2015 5 Comments
    Brain Freeze Saved the Day By Stopping Migraine …

    Q. I read your "brain freeze" article just days before waking up with a migraine. Whenever I get a migraine I wake up with it, so I have no warning and begin vomiting within 5 or 10 minutes. Usually I…

    By: Joe Graedon June 18, 2015 11 Comments
    See How Brain Freeze Works Fast for Bad Headache…

    We've got the perfect remedy for bad headaches, especially when the weather turns hot. Watch our video to learn how inducing an ice cream headache can rout a migraine before it has a chance to take ho…

    By: Joe Graedon May 25, 2015 3 Comments
    Simple Remedy to Ease Migraine Headache Pain

    Migraine headaches are often debilitating. There are prescription medications ("triptans") that can be very effective in alleviating the pain of a migraine. They are often expensive, however, and they…

    By: Joe Graedon December 29, 2014 114 Comments
    The Inside Story of Tamiflu: Side Effects &…

    If you have been watching TV lately you may have seen a commercial for Tamiflu (oseltamivir). A very sick-looking man is seen creeping about in a very small house. He blows his nose with a teeny tissu…

    By: Joe Graedon September 9, 2014 2 Comments
    Sulfite Reaction from Healthy Veggies Triggers H…

    Q. Several years ago I began having debilitating headaches in the morning. I could not even think, much less work. I had started eating prepackaged shredded cabbage for snacking and in salads, thinkin…

    By: Terry Graedon July 28, 2014 10 Comments
    Using Headache Medicines Frequently Ends Up Caus…

    Q. I have frequent if not constant headaches, possibly rebound headaches. I am now avoiding chocolate, cheeses and cold cuts. I drink lots of herbal teas and very little alcohol. I am sick of waking u…

    By: Terry Graedon July 17, 2014 19 Comments
    Must Wife Swear Off Chocolate to Avoid Horrible …

    Migraines are horrible headaches, so it is no wonder that people who suffer from recurrent migraines will go to great lengths to avoid one. Chocolate has a reputation for triggering migraines; is it …

    By: Joe Graedon July 2, 2014 13 Comments
    Peppermint Oil for Digestive Woes (IBS) vs. Side…

    Q. I've heard that taking enteric-coated peppermint oil can help IBS. My worst symptoms are stomach cramps and flatulence, but I'm reluctant to eat out or travel. Some of my friendships have suffered.…

    By: Terry Graedon March 10, 2014 9 Comments
    B Vitamin Riboflavin Helps Prevent Migraine Head…

    Q. After my migraines began flaring up weekly, I started taking riboflavin (vitamin B2) daily. Ten weeks into this regimen, I have only had two really bad headaches. I still have Maxalt as a backup, b…

    By: Terry Graedon December 26, 2013 0 Comments
    Cut Kids’ Headaches with Cognitive Behavio…

    A new study suggests an effective treatment for children with recurrent migraine headaches. Kids who suffer migraines miss school and social activities, but the FDA has not approved any drugs to treat…

    By: Terry Graedon December 23, 2013 9 Comments
    Can Magnesium Pills Counteract Recurrent Headach…

    People who suffer recurrent headaches may find themselves in a bind. Taking medication day after day can actually lead to rebound headaches if the dose is missed. No wonder people would like to know h…

    By: Terry Graedon December 9, 2013 4 Comments
    Could Mothballed Sofa Be Making His Family Sick?

    Q. I picked up a couch of my Grandma's from my uncle. He'd kept it in the garage with a ton of mothballs. It fits in my living room, but I notice I've been feeling weird lately. My eyes are bothering …

    By: Joe Graedon October 21, 2013 49 Comments
    Flomax (Tamsulosin) Side Effects, Stuffy Nose, S…

    Q. Because of an enlarged prostate gland I have to get up at night to pee. Initially it was once or twice. Now it is three or four times. Getting back to sleep is challenging. My primary care physicia…

    By: Terry Graedon July 22, 2013 15 Comments
    Natural Cure for Headaches

    How do you manage headaches? If the pain is mild or infrequent, a common pain reliever such as acetaminophen, aspirin, iburofen or naproxen might work well enough. But if headaches occur often or the…

    By: Terry Graedon March 11, 2013 20 Comments
    What Works Against Weather-Induced Headaches?

    Q. I get caffeine withdrawal headaches and treat them with a cup of coffee. The severe headaches I get from the weather are more difficult to treat. They occur when it is about to rain. Why does this …