Back to aspirin

Most everyone with headaches have tried aspirin at one time or another.  But there have been surprisingly few studies about aspirin and migraine.  An interesting new study headed up by Dr. Richard B. Lipton of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York, showed that aspirin can be quite helpful for some people with migraine.

The study used only a single 1000-milligram dose.  After two hours, 20% of the patients with confirmed migraine were pain-free (only 6% with the placebo were pain-free).  But the most interesting thing that I found about the study was that there was also a significant reduction in photophobia (sensitivity to light) and nausea.  So, for some people, aspirin may still be a big help.

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  • Marcia W. Dec 6, 2011

    Aspirin with caffeine is my treatment of choice, and the first thing I take. If taken at onset, it often is all I need.