What are real good over-the-counter meds?
October 22, 2008 9:10am CST
I wonder if you have any idea on what really is a good medication for migraines. If you had experienced one, this would really trouble you so much that all your planned activities during the day will be canceled. It is very hard to accomplish things especially with a migraine. What medication were you able to take to satisfyingly get rid of this disturbing pain? I also want to go to sleep after experiencing lightning inside my head. Are there over-the-counter sleeping pills available out there that I do not know of? Sometimes I would take antihistamine to doze me off to sleep even if I don't have any allergies. But it is effective for me. I still have to discover the side effects of this.
• United States
22 Oct 08
I don't know if you have something like this where you live but here in the US we have Excedrin Migraine. I've been using it for the last few years and I love it. Now and then I'll have a migraine that I just can't kick, even with the meds, but Excedrin works great. In fact, I woke up with one this morning and within minutes I could feel the migraine easing away. The only thing it doesn't do is help me sleep. I completely understand about wanting to sleep when your head feels like it's going to explode. So I have to wait to doze off on my own since I can't take anything else with the Excedrin. If you look around in the pharmacy with the rest of the headache pills, you might find one that is specifically for migraines.
22 Oct 08
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• United States
23 Oct 08
My son gets migraines alot. Sometimes he sits in the dark because its so bad the light hurts his eyes. He has tried tylenol,excedrin,advil,aleve,motrin and nothing helps him. I keep telling the doctor he needs a prescription medication but he says no. He does rub peppermint oil on his forehead, behind his ears and on his wrist and that helps alot. You get the peppermint oil in a helath store like GNC or the Vitamin Shoppee
24 Oct 08
Sometimes, oils can heal especially their scent. I love eucalyptus oil because it relaxes me and my focus on the pain will be diverted. It really helps a lot. This is even harmless since no synthetic chemicals like medications enter your body. This is just like conditioning the stimulus. I even love having incense in our bath room because it helps my body relax. I buy those type which are not irritating to the nostrils. I love citrus,lavender,eucalyptus,and peppermint.
23 Oct 08
Hi cfmedrano. I have migraine too. It's a debilitating condition that hinders me from doing my daily activities. The headache is so painful, so severe and throbbing that I do not know what to do with my head, whether to lie on my right or on my left ! I usually have visual auras before the migraine attack. I also have nausea and vomiting. It feels good after I vomit, makes me feel a liitle bit better. I also experience photophobia and dizziness. Have you experienced it? Oh, it feels awful! And through the years, I have learned what triggers my attacks so I prevent myself from those. Some triggering factors are hunger, hot/warm/humid weather condition, strong perfumes, fast moving vehicles (those drivers that turn abruptly or hits the brakes ), stress, etc. For us with migraines, it is very important that we always have medicines in our bags wherever we go. We will never know when we will have an attack. I usually carry along NSAIDs for the severe headache (my trusted brands in our conutry are Ponstan SF or Alaxan FR 500 mg capsules) plus Meclizine tablets for my dizziness and vomiting (Bonamine 25 mg tabs). I take both at the same time. Another medicine given by my doctor when I got hospitalized due to migraine (oral meds didn't give relief at that time, so they had to give me meds through IM and IV route),is Midrid. But the combination of Nsaids and Meclizine works for me plus sleep. I hope we will never have an attack again !
24 Oct 08
It's as if you will really feel like your head is exploding and you literally want to bang your head on the wall. You need to be stress free so as not to have this very uncomfortable type of pain. Sometimes drinking lots of water would take it away slowly. What I do is also take two 500 mg tablets of paracetamol to dose me off to sleep because the pain wouldn't just go away.