Supplements and Nondrug Treatments for Chronic or Frequent Headaches

My doctor gave me a short list of what I should take since I have Familial Hemiplegic Migraines, and I thought I’d share it with you. These are vitamins to help with our bodies and hopefully keep those debilitating migraines away. 

  • Magnesium- take 200 to 400 mg daily. 
  • Riboflavin (B2)- at least 25 mg, but can safely take up to 400 mg daily. 
  • Co-enzyme Q10-300mg daily. 
  • Feverfew- take 100 mg daily. 
  • Migrelief- is a combination OTC supplement comprising magnesium, riboflavin, and feverfew in one tablet. 

Here are a few things you can do to help with your migraines. These are nondrug treatments for chronic or frequent headaches. 

  • Avoid dietary triggers. There are many of these but mostly MSG(monosodium glutamate) and nitrates/nitrites. They are in many processed foods as taste enhancers. 
  • Avoid caffeine. Caffeine contributes to migraines by withdrawal. 
  • Be aware that many OTC and prescriptions medications used for treating headaches have caffeine in them. 
  • Exercise regularly. Exercise helps prevent migraines and tension headaches. 
  • Biofeedback, acupuncture, acupressure and relaxation techniques have proven helpful to those with migraines. 
  • Alpha-Stim: This is an electrical therapy which is like TENS therapy but is more helpful for headache patients. 

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