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Migraines and Prescription Drug Abuse

Migraines and Prescription Drug AbuseThose suffering from migraines will go to great lengths to find relief, but many of the most commonly prescribed medications carry a strong risk for addiction. When given a choice between intense headaches or chemical dependency, many of these people don’t know what to do. If you are addicted to your prescription for migraines, there is a way to get clean while also managing your migraines.

Addictive Migraine Medications

There are several different medical approaches to treating migraines and many patients have to try several different options before finding what works for them. The following medications are among the most commonly prescribed:

  • Fiorinol is a combination of the sedative barbiturate butalbital and aspirin and caffeine. As with all barbiturates, Butalbital can be very addictive if taken for more than a couple of weeks.
  • Percocet is a combination of the opioid oxycodone with acetaminophen. This drug is also highly addictive.
  • Benzodiazepines like Valium and Xanax are sometimes prescribed for migraines as they are muscle relaxers. These drugs have a high likelihood of causing dependence.
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen are non-addictive and provide relief for some patients.

Drugs are not a long-term solution to migraines, and some such as opiates can make headaches worse over time. Opiates and benzodiazepines lead to tolerance which requires increasingly higher doses of the drugs to be taken for patients to feel relief. Patients with persistent pain may also take too much medication overall and suffer from Medication Overuse Headaches (MOH). For these reasons and more it is absolutely essential that anyone suffering from migraines to find comprehensive treatment. Many alternative treatments including massage, bio-feedback and heat therapy may be effective without the risk of addiction.

Prescription Drug Addiction Recovery

Anyone with migraines who has developed an addiction to prescription medications will require specialized treatment. Finding treatment is not as easy as just finding any rehab center, as traditional drug rehab facilities may focus on the addiction but be unprepared to treat the migraines simultaneously. Fortunately there are several emerging treatment centers who understand the intricacies associated with treating this unique type of patient.

Help for Migraines and Prescription Drug Abuse

If you or someone you love is struggling with migraines and are concerned about prescription drug abuse, please call our 24 hour toll-free helpline today. Our specially trained counselors are standing by with answers to the questions that have been concerning you. We can even connect you with the best available programs for migraine-related recovery. Migraines are crippling, and addiction only complicates them. We can help you find the relief you need. Call today.

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