Migraines are extremely common, with studies claiming that roughly 10 % of men and 18 % of women world-wide suffer from chronic migraines.
That’s a lot of people in pain.
The good news is that there are many medication options for chronic migraine therapy, both meds to prevent migraines and meds to treat them.
The always off-setting bad news is that many of those meds are costly, many have side effects, many are not that easy to obtain when needed (requiring a visit to a doctor office, for example), which is why many migraine sufferers do not take such meds.
So the good news is that a recent review of several studies, which was published in the American Journal of Medicine, concluded that low-dose aspirin is a useful migraine preventive for some people and high-dose aspirin can be a useful therapy.
Why is that good news?
Because aspirin is cheap, easy to get, and we probably already know all the bad stuff about aspirin that is ever likely to come out.
But that bad stuff has to be taken into account because aspirin is linked to significantly more bleeding risks, not to mention upper gastric symptoms, so anyone contemplating taking aspirin for migraine relief should definitely not start on that road by themselves but should rather consult with their doctor as to whether it’s a good move to make.