In the spirit of Migraine Awareness Month, it is important to understand how seemingly harmless medication can affect you. In the United States alone, 37 million people suffer from migraines. With sufferers experiencing symptoms such as dizziness, pain in the face or neck, sensitivity to light, and nausea, it is easy to understand wanting relief. Over the counter medications like Excedrin and Aleve can help, but often with little effect. This is where prescription medication comes into play.
When Migraine Relief Becomes A Dilemma
Noticing when your prescription drug use borders on a problem is imperative in making your next move. Some signs you are abusing rather than just using includes:
- Feeling high
- Slowed breathing rate
- High Blood Pressure
- Reduced Appetite
If you suspect that you may be abusing prescription medication, do not hesitate to speak to your doctor about changing the dosage or finding you a better alternative. If you notice that your migraines are requiring higher dosages, this will only increase the chance of substance abuse. Do not up your dosages without consulting a healthcare professional as this can be harmful to both your physical and mental health.
Problems Can Be Prevented
Preventing a problem is possible. You can never be too safe when it comes to the usage of your prescription medication and taking these necessary steps can make all the difference in your recovery:
- Make sure to follow the directions on the medication’s label or instructions given by your pharmacist. They can explain possible side effects and drug interactions you may be unaware of. Straying from these explicit instructions can produce undesirable side effects.
- Dispose of medication after the expiration date. The chemical structure may change once it goes bad and this can also change how the medicine affects you. Taking expired medication surely will not help you achieve relief from your migraines.
- Ask your pharmacist if mixing this medication with any others you are taking will cause a reaction. This is equally important for food and beverage interactions.
- Never take medication that is not prescribed specifically for you, no matter how you are dealing with migraine issues. Your physician made the decision to provide you a certain medication because they felt that it made the most sense considering your medical history currently.
- Let your doctor know if you have ever had issues with abusing medication in the past. This will aid in their decision to get you on a medication that has little to no addictive properties.
When it comes down to it, no one wants to suffer from migraine pain. It is uncomfortable, debilitating, and can sometimes be a symptom to a much deeper issue. Whether you are a chronic sufferer or pushing yourself through every once in awhile, these tips can assure you go about relief in the safest way possible.
What have you done to manage your migraine woes? Let us know in the comments below!
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