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What if you could turn your daily routine into a powerful migraine-fighter? The good news is you can--and this issue of our newsletter includes a checklist for doing it. We also have a risk alert for migraine sufferers who take a commonly prescribed drug. Plus, if you're over age 50, find out why your migraine prevention and treatment plan may need to change

As we start off the year, please let us know what migraine topics you'd like us to cover. And between newsletters, check for the latest news and helpful tips on Facebook: Petadolex® and Dolovent™.

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Tina Sanders

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Turning Your Daily Routine into Powerful Migraine Prevention

If this year's resolutions include finding ways to reduce the impact migraines have on your life, put one word at the top of your list: Routine. Here's why:

Changes in routine can do far more than shake up your day. They can affect you physically, tipping your body's delicate balance of fluid, hormone, nutrient and blood-sugar levels. This disrupts normal cellular function–especially in the brain. Individually, these shifting levels can trigger inflammation, blood vessel contractions and expansion and a host of other reactions. These reactions can launch a migraine and intensify the way your brain perceives and responds to the pain associated with the attack.

Even "good" changes can go bad

The types of changes that can lead to migraines might surprise you–like kicking back when you're on vacation. We know stress can be a migraine trigger. So, it seems like de-stressing would be a good thing, right? Absolutely. But if you sleep (and drink your morning coffee) later than usual, eat different foods on a different schedule and go to bed later, you could be tipping that delicate balance.

Creating a migraine-fighting routine

Everyone's different, so the routine that will work best to prevent your migraines is going to be unique to your lifestyle and your triggers. Finding the elements of this routine may take some trial and error, but the rewards can be measured in far fewer migraine days. We've created a checklist you can start using immediately to build your own migraine-fighting routine. GO TO CHECKLIST.

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The risk of serotonin syndrome may be greater if you take this drug with drugs for depression, migraines, or certain other drugs.

Check with your doctor about possible interaction between Sertraline and drugs you take to prevent or treat migraines. Remember that natural options such as butterbur extract, feverfew, magnesium, Vitamin B2 and CoQ10 can help reduce the need for migraine drugs.

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Rethinking Migraine Prevention After Age 50

Migraines often decrease after age 50. But for those who continue to suffer attacks, prevention is critical for these reasons:

  • You may be taking more meds. After 50, you're likely to be on medications for conditions in addition to migraines. The more drugs you take (including Beta-blockers, anticonvulsants, other preventive and acute migraine medications, and even over-the-counter NSAIDs like ibuprofen), the more you risk interactions between migraine and other drugs that can cause serious adverse effects.
  • Our bodies slow down. Metabolism and other processes can slow. Everything from a decrease in hydration levels to the ratio of muscle to fat and albumin levels can affect the way migraine drugs dissolve and are absorbed into our bodies. This can raise the risk of drug interactions.
  • Cardiac risks increase. Depending on patients' health and medical history, doctors may stop recommending triptans and ergotamines for prevention.
  • Weight gain. As metabolism slows, weight gain is a concern. Since certain drugs used as migraine preventatives can cause weight gain, migraine sufferers over 50 may want to emphasize natural herbal and dietary prevention options that don't cause weight gain as a side effect.

Be sure to talk with your doctor about the best way to deal with migraines after age 50. Also, remember that as you age, natural preventatives such as Petadolex, Dolovent and MIG-99 can become especially valuable options for migraine frequency and severity without using drugs.

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