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What should I know about taking migraine medicine during menopause?

Dawn Marcus
Neurology
In general, most acute and prevention drugs can be used during the perimenopause and menopause, similar to when you were younger.

With aging, several additional factors need to be considered when selecting drug treatments. First, as you grow older, your body has a decreased ability to metabolize drugs and an increased sensitivity to many side effects. Because of this, your doctor may have you start treatment with the lowest possible doses. In addition, you may have other health problems that can interfere with using headache medications. Make sure you discuss all new health problems with the healthcare providers who prescribe your medications. And, as noted earlier, never use someone else's medications -- regardless of your age.
The Woman's Migraine Toolkit: Managing Your Headaches from Puberty to Menopause (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness)

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The Woman's Migraine Toolkit: Managing Your Headaches from Puberty to Menopause (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness)

Migraines are a common, controllable type of headache that affects one in every six women, more than 20 million in the United States alone. The Woman’s Migraine Toolkit helps readers take charge of...

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