Migraine And Vitamin B9 (folic acid)

Hi, my name is Katie and I started taking a prenatal vitamin called folic acid (vitamin B9) 3 months ago (without being pregnant at the moment). I have noticed a real decrease in migraine frequency since then and also a better response to classic OTC medicin such as aspirin. That was not the case before since I had to take Maxalt triptan very often (too often) in order to avoid my typical migraine attacks that cause me 3 days of bedrest in the dark with a lot of vomiting… Having these horrible migraine attacks for almost 16 years now I am constantly searching for causes/triggers and possible cures.

I would like to know if other women have noticed the same side effect of this vitamin? I have been doing some research on the net where I did find an Australian study that talked about a possible benefit of this vitamin for migraine patients with aura. Since I don’t have any aura I would especially like to hear from migraine patients without aura!

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  • Anne
    3 years ago

    I take vitamin B, vitamin D and magnesium. I didn’t notice any specific difference in taking B. I had my vitamin B levels tested recently (because my vitamin D was low) and they were normal. Maybe your B was low when you started taking it? B will help with an increase in energy and lowered inflammation, which can be a migraine trigger. I’m so glad you found something that helps!!!!!!!!!

  • Katie author
    3 years ago

    Hi Anne, I already took B supplements in the past that didn’t make any difference at all… Very often vitamin b9 is not included in these supplements! I would recommend you to check the composition of the B supplement you are currently taking and to add B9 if it is missing… This truly made a world of difference for me, my intake of migraine medication dramatically lowered. I hope this vitamin may have the same effect for you and other migraine patients who read my article!

    Ps: here is a link to an article where the study is discussed http://www.nyheadache.com/blog/folic-acid-intake-and-migraines/

  • Jenn Lebowitz
    4 years ago

    Hi Katie!

    Thanks so much for sharing your story, and for posing this question! While you may get more feedback from the community, I thought this article, which mentions a study that involved folic acid, might be of interest/help: http://migraine.com/migraine-treatment/natural-remedies/vitamin-b6-for-migraine-headaches/.

    Additionally, you are welcome to post in our forums for more potential feedback from the community. If you’d like to do so, you can access the forums here: http://migraine.com/forums/.

    Thanks again for sharing your story – and for being part of the community! We appreciate it!

    Best,

    Jenn (Community Manager, Migraine.com)

  • Katie author
    4 years ago

    Thank you Jenn for your answer! I just put the topic on the forum since this specific vitamin made a world of difference for me (and I was really desperate!), I hope it can give ideas to other migraine patients as well!

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