Migraine cure may be worse than disease

April 17, 2008 2:45:25 PM PDT
Migraine sufferers be warned: the cure may be worse than the disease.

Many migraine patients turn to strong painkillers to stop their headaches. But new research shows that using these prescription painkillers may make migraines even more frequent.

Doctors from Albert Einstein College of Medicine found people who took prescription painkillers at least 8 times per month were twice as likely to develop these chronic migraines within a year. At the same time, people who took over the counter painkillers such as aspirin, Advil and Motrin did not have any higher risk for developing chronic migraine.

Researchers say patients and doctors may want to consider over the counter drugs before resorting to stronger ones.