Experts warn about using pain pills to treat migraines

12/23/2008 | Yahoo!

Experts say regularly using pain pills -- even OTC medications -- to treat migraines can backfire on patients, resulting in rebound and chronic headaches, and even more pain. Research shows one-third of migraine sufferers have enough headaches to qualify for prevention medications but only 10% actually get them. Some people who have frequent headaches get what is called a transformed migraine, meaning the brain becomes more sensitive to pain, and the migraines become more frequent and more severe.

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