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Migraine news this week: November 5
Catch up on this week’s headlines!estrogen levels around a woman’s period are a common migraine trigger, but we didn’t know there was another factor, too. This study found that anemia at the end of a woman’s period–due to blood loss–can also be a trigger.
Doctors commonly prescribe amitripyline and topiramate to prevent migraines in kids and teens because they sometimes work in adults. In their study, Powers, Hershey, and colleagues tested both of the drugs for migraine prevention in kids. Surprisingly, they found that a placebo pill reduced migraines just as well as the two drugs–and without any bad side effects. This means that sugar pills could actually be used to prevent migraines in kids and teens.