Can aspirin help prevent migraine headaches?

Results from the Physicians' Health Study suggest that aspirin prevents migraine. The study, which involved 22,000 male physicians, primarily evaluated the effectiveness of low-dose aspirin in reducing the risk of heart attack, but it also examined the rate of migraine headaches. The researchers found that men who took aspirin experienced roughly 20% fewer migraine headaches during the study than did those receiving a placebo.

Although low-dose aspirin is far less effective than the standard migraine headache preventive medications, it may improve migraine control when used in combination with a preventive medication, some researchers speculate. Because frequent aspirin use can irritate the stomach lining and cause internal bleeding, which can lead to anemia, consult your doctor before starting a daily aspirin regimen.

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