Sugar Pills Work as Well as Medication for Migraines in Children

How sugar pills help cure migraine in children

Researchers did a test to see what helped children to best cope with migraines using two popular prescription medications:

  • Topiramate – an anti-seizure medication
  • Amitriptyline – an antidepressant

The study was in the New England Journal of Medicine. Its purpose was to test whether either drug could decrease by half the amount of days kids had migraines in a month’s time. The findings were quite interesting. In conclusion, both drugs did equally as well. However, so did a sugar pill provided as a placebo to a control group.

This is making doctors rethink the way they care for children with migraines. Dr. Leon Epstein noted that a clear statement was made by this study: Two of the most common medications were no more effective than giving a child a placebo with no dangerous side effects. He said people should encourage their children to make lifestyle changes that can control migraine symptoms, such as getting more sleep and reducing stress.

Some of the side effects the children taking the above-mentioned medications experienced were:

  • Fatigue
  • Dry mouth
  • Forgetfulness
  • Tingling in the hands, legs, or feet
  • One patient attempted suicide

After that, parents are looking for a safe way to help their children with migraines that have no dangerous side effects.

Migraines Safely Alleviated Through Upper Cervical Chiropractic

One area seeing great success in helping children and adults to cope with migraines is upper cervical chiropractic care. This is a unique form of chiropractic that does not involve popping or cracking the spine. But, it uses technology to determine whether or not a person has a misalignment in the bones of the upper neck, as this is often the underlying cause of migraine headaches. Certainly, misalignments happen easily in children and adults due to trip and fall accidents, sports injuries, vehicle accidents, or any other type of trauma to the head or neck.

Once the misalignment is located, we employ a gentle method to encourage the bones of the neck to move back into place. After that, proper blood flow is restored to the brain and migraines may decrease in frequency and severity or even go away completely.


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