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  • By melissadwyer13

    Has anyone ever seen the commercial for Exerdrine Migraine? If it works for your migraines, a) congratulations I’m happy for you b) EVERY time I see it i want to reach through the TV screen and shake her… when she says, “if you have migraines.. you know pain, well Exedrin Migraine starts working in half an hour. Maybe it’s just because it doesn’t even touch mine! Anyone else feel that way? Or does it help anyone?

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  • By Allison in Migraineland

    oh my gosh, every time i see that commercial i want to scream. i just saw it a minute ago while I was on this site and had to write.

    Ya, I would like to know who it works for. Do you think it works for people who just have headaches-not migraines- every once and a while? I find it hard to believe it relieves a true migraine in a half and hour and gets rid of light sensitivity, because even my most powerful abortives don’t work that fast.

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  • By melissadwyer13

    exactly! It just frustrates me because I think that’s part of the reason most people don’t believe the TRUE pain behind a migraine. I’ve had doctors tell me I just have a “headache” when I go to the ER. I think that commercial does NOTHING to help migraine awareness… it downsizes how debilitating they truly are! I’m glad I’m not alone in HATING that commercial!

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  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    I don’t think I’ve met a Migraineur yet who doesn’t dislike that commercial – doctors too! Migraine needs to be seen as the systemic disease that it is. It is so much more than just a headache…

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  • By Jason

    It works for me if I eat a whole bottle of 150 tabs which causes my stomach to hurt so bad that I forget about my migraine… oh wait, no my head still hurts worse.

    I have found that there are no over the counter meds that work for my migraines. They dont even dull the pain and only cause rebound headaches. My conclusion is that they do more harm than good.

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  • By Ravensun

    Excedrine Migraine? What a huge crock.

    Extra-Strength Excedrin:
    – Acetaminophen 250mg
    – Asprin 250mg
    – Caffeine 65mg

    Excedrine Migraine:
    – Acetaminophen 250mg
    – Asprin 250mg
    – Caffeine 65mg

    The difference is (thankfully JUST) in the packaging. It’s the same stuff in a different box. The asprin content makes it unusable for me – works 50% of the time, fails 50% of the time, upsets my stomach 50% of the time, so I have about a 1 in 4 chance that it will work and *won’t* upset my stomach… not worth it to me.

    But it’s the same thing as Extra-Strength Excedrine (unless there’s a difference in inactive ingredients, and I tend to think they’d charge more if there were, but the price is identical too.)

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  • By Ravensun

    Teri, you’re just about right: Tic-Tacs might be more effective for me than this junk. Excedrine Migraine – HAH! I love how people actually believe it will work when they don’t read the packaging. I’ll bet you 50% of its effectiveness comes from psychosomatic causes.

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  • By jforce

    This is my first post in the forum. Believe it or not, this stuff has been the only thing that provides me any type of relief from my headache. It certainly doesn’t eliminate the pain, but I describe it as ‘taking the edge off’. I have tried triptan drugs, orally and inhaled with zero effect. Mainly I suffer through my migraines, which, thankfully are rather infrequent, take this medication and it works for about 2 hours. Aspirin did not work, nor did Ibuprofen. But this did. A bit of an update, I just finished the headache phase of a migraine and I didn’t have any of this, but did have some acetominophen and that also provided some similar relief.

    My migraines are rather infrequent, I am a 57 y/o male in good physical condition and I exercise frequently. I run marathons and do Ironman Triathlons. My migraines seem to occur when I get real run down, almost as if my body is trying to save me from myself (training too hard).

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi,

    Thanks for sharing with us. That’s great you get relief from episodic (occurring occasionally)migraine using over-the-counter products. Most of us however, are not that lucky.

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  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    MsMillie – You’re not alone I’m afraid.

    I try to tell patients and their families that it is often helpful to think of Migraine as a spectrum-type disorder/disease. While some have attacks that are sufficiently treated with an OTC product like Excedrin, others are completely disabled and intractable. Then there are the vast majority of patients that seem to fall somewhere in the middle of that spectrum. We all have different symptoms and the treatment that works for a friend will fail miserably with another patient. We are all different. So, please don’t feel bad. You are far from alone!

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  • By Teania

    Oh my god i’m not alone!

    I do hate that commercial too. I tried to buy some after seeing it and I took one pill because I lost the package that says I can take two, but anyways. I took it during the pain phase and all it did was take 2 hours to work, took the edge off and when I say that think of like a 3 foot pole and then shave off 2 inches on the end. That’s the edge it took off. Yea Didn’t work all that well and it made me so nauseous!

    I’m so glad they pulled it off the shelves but sadly it’s back now and I keep seeing the add on the website for it and thinking. “Yea right, like that works.” And roll my eyes lol.

    I’m glad i’m not alone! Though has anyone ever tried Advil Migraine? Just wondering if it works.

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  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    Teania – Unfortunately, what works for one patient will epic-fail for another patient. There is no cookbook treatment for Migraine. I am glad that there are a lot of patients who do well with these OTC preparations, but the truth of the matter is, Migraine is like any spectrum disorder… There are patients that get a *headache* and take an aspirin and work throughout the day. Then there are those of us who are disabled by them on a daily basis, and for whom no medicines work well enough to have a normal life. Symptoms can range from mild pain, to stroke like symptoms, and even, Migrainous stroke.

    I think what I hate the most is the stigma that this helps to perpetuate about Migraine disease. Only when we remove the stigma will patients finally be taken seriously, and funding happen that will help us find more/better treatments for this neurological condition. At this point, nobody wants to spend any money on “just a headache”.

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  • By Teania

    I know what you mean. I still get people rolling their eyes, including some members of my family when I say I have a migraine and can’t do normal activities.

    I actually laughed once when a friend of mine who knew I had migraines came up to me and actually apologized because he had one and he said, “It was so bad and I am so so sorry!” and I was like, “Yea, see what I mean? LIke I would kid about that.”

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  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    I’ll never forget the day a close relative had their first Migraine. After refusing to sign the petition to help us at Headache on the Hill and other various digs, I felt bad, but yet somehow was waiting for the apology that never came. It is okay, at least they now know what I live with every day.

    I wouldn’t wish a Migraine on anyone, but I hope that those that do experience them finally understand what many of us live our lives with every day, and yet still manage to hang in there.

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