We always caution readers to be wary of the potentially serious side effects of migraine drugs. Now, let�s look at the flip side�migraine preventives that may also fight allergies, relieve stress, shine your hair and sharpen your vision. We also look ahead to a proven natural migraine preventive just now becoming available outside Europe. And, we sound the alarm on a product in your medicine cabinet that a leading liver surgeon calls �the most dangerous OTC drug in America.� Stay safe!

Are there topics you�d like us to cover in upcoming issues? Just let us know! We enjoy hearing your concerns and your experiences with what does and doesn�t work for migraines.

Thank you!

Tina Sanders

Linpharma Customer Education



When the Side Effects are ... Good!

Migraine sufferers know natural migraine options help you minimize the potentially serious side effects of triptans, topiramate, or even OTC painkillers. But did you know that in addition to reducing bad side effectives, natural migraine preventives can have good side effects? Let�s look:

Butterbur extract side effect: possible help with allergies Citing a Swiss study showing butterbur extract as effective as high-potency Allegra�, WebMD lists butterbur extract as potentially useful for allergy sufferers. While more research is needed to confirm the exact impact, butterbur extract has long been known for its antihistamine properties, as well as it�s proven effectiveness as a migraine preventive. Since many people suffer from both migraines and allergies, butterbur extract�s antihistamine �side effect� can be great news�especially since it comes without the drowsiness many people experience with other antihistamines.

CoQ10 side effect: it�s heart healthy The Mayo Clinic says the evidence suggests CoQ10 may help protect the heart. In fact, it is often recommended to support the treatment of high blood pressure and chronic heart failure. It has also been shown to protect the heart from the negative impact of some chemotherapy drugs. As we know, research shows CoQ10 to be of value in reducing migraines. Since we also know about the disturbing link between migraines and heart disease, CoQ10�s role in protecting the heart sounds like a very good side effect for migraine sufferers.

Magnesium side effect: less stress, better sleep Again, we know that magnesium can play a key role in reducing cellular energy issues and blood vessel spasms that can cause migraine attacks. Magnesium�s �side effects� also target two other migraine triggers: stress and lack of sleep. Correcting even a minor magnesium deficiency (found in many migraine sufferers) can reduce insomnia by helping the brain settle down at night. Research published in the Nutritional Neuroscience journal (Murk, H: Magnesium and Affective Disorders) dubbed magnesium �the original chill pill� because of its ability to reduce the hormone that tells adrenal glands to pump out stress hormones.

Vitamin B2 side effect: healthy skin, hair and eyes Vitamin B2, also called riboflavin, is one of 8 B vitamins. All B vitamins help the body convert food into energy. In studies, people taking Riboflavin daily experienced significantly fewer headaches and used fewer migraine pain killers or abortive medications for migraines. In addition to helping the nervous system function properly, Vitamin B2 and other B complex vitamins have the good side effects of promoting the health of the liver, skin, hair, and eyes.

Never start taking supplements without consulting with your doctor. But do discuss the potential side effects�good and bad�of every treatment your doctor recommends. Not sure how to have this conversation with your doctor? Here�s a checklist that can help: CLICK HERE.

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RISK ALERT: The most dangerous OTC drug in America

Our newsletter talks a lot about the risks of OTC painkillers. That�s because we want you to know how serious�and how common�these risks can be. For example, complications from acetaminophen are responsible for more than 60,000 emergency room visits a year. Dr. John Brems, a nationally recognized liver transplant specialist, calls acetaminophen �probably the most dangerous OTC drug in this country.� The danger isn�t just in an accidental overdose: using acetaminophen in addition to alcohol can cause liver failure and kidney damage. In fact, a study of 10,000 adults found that light and moderate drinkers who also take acetaminophen more than double their risk of kidney disease. Even when participants had only small doses of acetaminophen, kidney disease soared an average of 123 percent.


The takeaway: OTC painkillers are serious medicine with serious side effects. Talk with your doctor about the role natural migraine preventives can play in helping you reduce attacks and the need for pain relief. If a migraine is just beginning, these three tips from the Mayo Clinic may provide a drug-free way to ease the pain:

  • Turn off the lights. Relax in a dark, quiet room. Sleep if you can.
  • Try temperature therapy. Apply hot or cold compresses to your head or neck. Ice packs have a numbing effect, which may dull the sensation of pain. Hot packs and heating pads can relax tense muscles. Warm showers or baths may have a similar effect.
  • Drink a caffeinated beverage. In small amounts, caffeine can relieve migraine pain in the early stages of a migraine.

A New Migraine Option from a Time- Trusted Herb

For centuries, feverfew has been associated with reducing migraine attacks. The effectiveness, however, varied with the individual herbs themselves. Then, German scientists innovated a process that used supercritical carbon dioxide to extract high levels of feverfew�s key active ingredient, parthenolide, to formulate a consistent, pharmaceutical-grade product. Studies that this extract, named MIG-99, has effectiveness like propranolol and topiramate, but without the potentially serious side effects of these drugs.

MIG-99 has been used in Europe now for years, with excellent safety and user satisfaction. This summer, MIG-99 will become available in North America for the first time. It will be offered by Linpharma�the same company that distributes Petadolex� and Dolovent�. This provides yet another evidence-based natural migraine preventive option for you. We will let you know when MIG-99 is available later this summer.

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