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Old 07-17-2007, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Deep In The Heat Of Texas
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Could someone please explain how Excedrin Migraine differs from plain, old Excedrin?

There is NO difference whatsoever. The regular Excedrin is full of caffeine as well, 65 mg per tablet, just like the Excedrin Migraine. I began taking it in the 1970s and knew then it was full of caffeine.

I used to take so much of it for headaches and it pretty much ruined my stomach, caused an upper GI bleed, and I had to have a blood transfusion as my blood count plummeted extremely low. I'm saying all that to say, "Be careful." I was dumb to take so much of it, but my headaches years ago were awful. Needless to say, I take nothing anymore with aspirin in it. Ibuprofen is a no, no as well.

Also, taking too many as I did can cause rebound headaches but years ago, I didn't know that.

Regular Excedrin's ingredients:

Acetaminophen 250 mg
Aspirin 250 mg
Caffeine 65 mg

Excedrin Migraine's ingredients:

Acetaminophen 250mg
Aspirin 250 mg
Caffeine 65 mg

I found this on the web. Aren't manufacturers hilarious?


Q: I was wondering why the company that makes Excedrin products calls one of their products Excedrin Migraine when it has the exact same ingredients and dosages as the regular Excedrin. The only difference I found was the price.

A: YOU HAVE STUMBLED UPON ONE OF THE LITTLE SECRETS OF THE OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATION BUSINESS. SAME PRODUCT - DIFFERENT NAME - DIFFERENT PRICE.

SO WE CALLED EXCEDRIN AND FOUND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EXCEDRIN AND EXCEDRIN MIGRAINE. IT'S THE LABEL. EXCEDRIN MIGRAINE'S LABEL HAS MIGRAINE HEADACHE INFORMATION THAT REGULAR EXCEDRIN DOESN'T.

AS FOR PRICE, EXCEDRIN SAYS IT CHARGES THE RETAILER EXACTLY THE SAME PRICE FOR BOTH PRODUCTS. YOUR RETAILER DECIDED TO CHARGE YOU MORE FOR THE MIGRAINE PRODUCT.


One really has to be his or her pharmocologist when choosing OTC drugs. Be careful too with what the doctor prescribes. They don't know one's body like that person does. I has taken me years to figure that out.
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Old 12-13-2008, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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I had ,u first at age 5 abd then intermittent to 15. Thereafer I had them 3 days a month until I was 53. i'm firmly convinced migraine headaches are related to stress, foods and hormones. It radiates from the shoulders and neck right up to the top of the head. I did just as well with Mineral Ice, hot compresses and jr. tylenol as anything else. I always knew when it was coming on because I craved coke and hershey's chocolate. I was in bed thrree days. I never gpt used to the headaches, I accepted them as a fact of life. I'm glad it's over. I've had 2-3 in the last 15 uears. I'd be happy if I never had another.
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Old 12-20-2008, 09:16 AM
 
Location: The Midst of Insanity
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This is an interesting thread; what works for some is what triggers others!

I get terrible migraines with auras, loss of vision, vomiting, you name it. I currently take Topamax and Fioricit, and the occassional Flexerol (but that's more for tension). My headaches have gotten really bad lately and I'm getting a migraine on an average of 5x a week now.

Caffeine is a horrible trigger (and I'm a Coca-Cola addict, but I've had to severly cut back), along with MSG and other types of additives. Loud noise, fluorescent lighting, stress, and hormones are also a distinct roles in my migraines. The best thing I can do is lie down in a dark, quiet room and cover my head, but that's not always feasible (i.e-if I'm at school or at work).

I developed my migraines in my mid-20's, and I'm not sure how normal that is. I often wonder if I have some sort of brain lesion/tumor, but unfortunately my insurance doesn't cover MRI/CT scan and I can't afford one out of pocket.
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Old 12-20-2008, 11:00 AM
 
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I tried Depakote and got a baaad case of the runs . The neurologist didn't believe it was the drug, until I told him I had done my own experiment--stopping the drug stopped it, and restarting it...well, you guessed it.
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Old 12-21-2008, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Florida
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doctors! in most cases they know very little about drug side effects. Once they leave med school they are typically too busy to get bogged down with reading literature on meds. My cousin is a Pharmaceutical rep and says doctors learn about meds through the reps. And/or through what the patients feedback to the meds are.
My neurologist doesn't believe in rebound headaches!! LOL.that really cracks me up

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I tried Depakote and got a baaad case of the runs . The neurologist didn't believe it was the drug, until I told him I had done my own experiment--stopping the drug stopped it, and restarting it...well, you guessed it.
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Old 12-21-2008, 11:36 PM
 
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I found out after 30 years occasional migraines that
a good dose of decongestant with some caffiene at the same time really
knocks them out. Decongestants are vaso consticters I think so it makes sense.

I used to use Tylenol sinus for this but they changed what is in that and now I get the OLD formula of Sudafed (behind the counter stuff)
Take it with coffee or Goodys or something with a good dose of caffeine.

I hate the way I used to curl up in a dark room for days with no relief.
Wish I had found my remedy a long time ago.
If this helps anyone pass it on.
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Old 12-22-2008, 11:13 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Default a FYI article I read

Avoiding the painkiller-overuse rut in migraines - Yahoo! News (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081223/ap_on_he_me/med_healthbeat_migraine_rut_5 - broken link)
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Old 12-23-2008, 04:57 AM
 
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Hmm, going back to the original question, I unfortunately, out of the blue, developed a chronic migraine cycle 4 years ago. It's basically daily, 24/7, although the medications help (Lyrica is my favorite - I have been on everything, everything). One time I ran out of Lyrica and my doctor's office was moving locations, having problems calling in prescriptions. Within about 3days my face was swollen, I couldn't speak, my tongue was numb; the next step was for my eye to black out (again), but it didn't go that far. I am betting that for me it is hormonal, but I can't take hormones due to blood clotting history. So anyhow, I took Depakote for one day years ago and had a horrendous reaction. I still wonder if it had to be "written up" it was so bad. If a doctor wants to go with that broad category of prophylactics, I would go with Lyrica. Neurontin caused weight gain; Topamax did nothing (unfortunately because it does cause weight loss); Lamictal made me horribly depressed. But someone else might have great responses to these, who knows. I'm talking about the prescription prophylactics here; the triptans just stop the migraines after they've started, but don't prevent migraines or break a migraine cycle.
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Old 12-23-2008, 05:15 AM
 
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I have been a migraine sufferer for years and finally have them under control (for now?). I used to take Topamax and am now off of it and didn't care for Maxalt and Imitrex helped but didn't care for the side effects. I just tried Treximet recently for the first time and I am going to try it again before I switch from Imitrex.

I think we all have different triggers but what worked for me was installing air purifiers at home and work, no more scented products of perfume, using stress techniques, plenty of sleep, drinking at least 48 oz of water a day, cutting out all junk food. The stress and sleep are huge triggers for me.

It is also important for migraine sufferers to make sure to have their vision and eyes checked regularly.

Good luck to all migraine sufferers.
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Old 12-23-2008, 05:43 AM
 
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Yes, migraines go beyond a "quality of life" issue ... among other things (I'm sure) they can affect blood supply in your eyes and cause damage akin to glaucoma.
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