So many people take statin drugs to control cholesterol. But could statins also lead to migraines? They might!  In this issue, we take a look at how statins may lead to a CoQ10 deficiency.
We also look at how to use coffee to stop migraine attacks and how to match the right treatment to the kind of headaches you actually have.
This newsletter is written for you. Please let us know if there are specific migraine topics you'd like us to cover. We really appreciate hearing from you.

Amanda DiBenedetto

Linpharma Customer Education

Do Statins Cause Migraines?

While there is no clear conclusion as to what actually causes migraines, researchers have identified foods, beverages, prescription drugs, chemicals, nutrient deficiencies, and emotional and environmental factors that do trigger them.  Statins seem to be among these triggers.  But why?
Cholesterol isn't the only thing that statins reduce
Statin brands like Lipitor®, Zocor®, Crestor® and others are excellent for lowering harmful cholesterol. They also block the synthesis of Co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10). 
CoQ10-an antioxidant-is vital in supporting biochemical reactions that produce energy and manage the utilization of oxygen inside every cell in our body. We know that nutritional deficiencies that disrupt energy metabolism seem to trigger migraines, so anything that blocks the synthesis of CoQ10 is of concern.
Can CoQ10 help prevent migraines, especially if you're on statins?
Using CoQ10 supplements has been demonstrated to be beneficial, particularly for supporting the heart. This is good news for statin-takers. Studies (especially ones conducted in 2005 and 2002) also showed CoQ10 can be effective as a migraine preventative. That's a double benefit!
Is CoQ10 worth a try for reducing your own migraines?
WebMD offers this advice from Atlanta neurologist and migraine specialist Dr. Sarah DeRossett:  "I recommend [supplements for preventing migraine] if there are at least two well-controlled clinical trials showing benefit. Magnesium, riboflavin (vitamin B-2), and Co-enzyme Q10 all fit those criteria." (Note: This same evidence-based approach is why all three of these supplements are in Dolovent™)
Bottom line: If you take statins and/or suffer migraines, there is no reason not to try CoQ10 supplementation. It may prove beneficial for you and, as we've reported before, CoQ10 is considered safe.

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How To Head Off Migraines With Coffee
Caffeine is cited as a common migraine trigger. But if you are careful to keep your routine consumption low, drinking strong coffee at the first sign of a migraine may keep the attack from developing.

TRY THIS: At the first sign of a migraine, drink two regular-sized cups of coffee.  People for whom this works say it's best to drink the coffee without sugar or cream.

Since the goal is to short-circuit the migraine with a potent jolt of caffeine, brewed coffee works best.  Starbucks' coffees and Dunkin' Donuts' turbo coffee are good choices. There are even stronger coffees, like those brewed from Arabica robusta beans which contain twice the caffeine of regular coffee, but it's best not to "go extreme."

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Coffee isn't the only source of caffeine. Coffee does, however, contain healthy antioxidants. Consumed without sugar or cream, it's a good way to get a good dose of caffeine without getting added sugars, dairy, or the chemicals in sodas or other caffeine-containing foods and beverages.

A word of caution: Some OTC ibuprofen products contain the equivalent of two cups of coffee per dose, so drinking coffee in addition to taking these products could create a caffeine overload that could actually trigger a migraine.

The key is to keep regular caffeine consumption low to avoid triggering migraines, but to use a quick shot of it to knock out migraines that do develop.
It's All In Your Head ... But What Is It?

The first step in getting relief from painful headaches is knowing more about what kind of headaches you're actually having. That's because different headaches are treated differently.
So, what about your own headaches: Are they migraines? Tension headaches? Cluster headaches?  Your doctor can make the diagnosis, and you can help the process by doing a quick self-assessment you can then share with your doctor.  Click for self-assessment chart


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