Alka-Seltzer Gold for migraine?

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 Oct 24, 2006

    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 Oct 25, 2006

    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 Jan 29, 2007

    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 Mar 5, 2011

    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 Mar 20, 2013

    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.

  • Lisa Nov 30, 2014

    An allergist told me 20 years ago to use Alka Seltzer Gold for headaches. I still forget to use it when I have one but it usually works. I also get eye strain headaches but most of the time, Gold works!

  • jas Jul 2, 2017

    Hi James,
    This week I felt my migraine is coming, and first time I used Alka Seltzer Gold after an hour I was so happy.Alka Seltzer Gold worked very well for me. Jas

  • Linda Sep 20, 2017

    I stopped spending the money on Alka Seltzer and now use baking soda in water. It works faster and is cheaper then Alka Seltzer.