Alka-Seltzer Gold for migraine?

by James on 18 October 2006

Alka-Seltzer Gold for migraine?

I’ve heard from more than one place that a quick fix to the stomach can often lead to a quick migraine fix.  Dr. Robert Milne has found in his practice that some patients can find relief from a migraine triggered by certain foods.  The trick?  Simply dissolve two tablets of Alka-Seltzer Goldicon in a glass of water, and drink.

Alka-Seltzer Gold contains the antacids sodium citrate and potassium citrate, specially treated sodium bicarbonate, potassium bicarbonate, and citric acid.  Notice that, unlike the original Alka-Seltzer, it doesn’t contain any aspirin.  So it seems that the effect on the stomach is somehow stopping the symptoms before they get too far.

Alka-Seltzer works to neutralize stomach acid via chemical reaction.  There are other antacids that are not based on sodium bicarbonate, such as Tums (calcium based), Amphojel (aluminum based) and Rolaids (a combination of ingredients).

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Dori October 24, 2006 at 6:40 am

Dear James,

I too have found that treating the stomach, as well as the head, with Alka-Seltzer has curbed my migraine attacks. This is particularly helpful when I get that special ‘migraine’ sick feeling in my stomach even before the pain in my head starts. I use the regular Alka-Selzer with aspirin.


James October 25, 2006 at 8:01 am

Thanks for the comment. It would be interesting to see how effective the Alka-Selter without aspirin would be – it just might do the exact same thing.


margherita January 29, 2007 at 2:55 pm

Haven’t tried Alka but by accident discovered help for my stomach migraines. While out one day felt a migraine starting but not having any tablets I bought a water. When I started drinking I realised it was sparkling water but within 5 mins I started feeling better. Now I make myself a bottle of soda stream with no flavouring just water and bubbles. I suppose soda water may give the same effect. I also take 1/4 tsp baking soda in small amount of hot water if I feel a migraine starting. My sister has said that making your own capsules of baking soda works just as well if you are away from home. She uses them for food allergies.


j.kathleen March 5, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Alka-seltzer has helped me with my migraines for years.
It is often the final “touch” that will help dissipate the migraine. I take it after I’ve taken other migraine medication–and if I’m having status migraine.


Jan March 20, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Yes, I had an allergist who told me to use Alka-Seltzer Gold for headaches years ago. I asked my regular doctor recently if stomach acid could have any relation to my headaches and he acted like I was crazy but I’ve found that when the acid goes away, so does the headache. I’m glad to see that I’m not crazy after all
since other people have found it works.


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