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Sinol Headache Relief

  • By skullsnbows

    Hi, I’m new here… been lurking for a while but never posted. I was wondering if anyone has ever tried Sinol and what their experiences were? Amazon seems to have good reviews but I know that people often get paid to write good reviews so I wanted some input from people who are unbiased before I buy it!

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  • By Tammy Rome

    I have not used that particular product, but I do use one that is similar only on occasion for cluster headache attacks, not migraine. Please note that the active ingredient is Caspsacin (i.e. red pepper). It is a nasal spray, so you would be spraying red pepper up your nose. Like I said, I do get good results from it for cluster headaches. For migraine, it only irritates my nose and worsens the pain. I’ve talked to a lot of people who do not have good response. Only a few people get benefit from it. Like you said, buyer beware.

    Tammy Rome
    Patient Advocate.

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  • By skullsnbows

    Thanks for the feedback! I knew about the pepper spray, but thought a few minutes of jalapeno up my nose would be worth it if the headache went away. This is the 7th day in a row I’ve had a migraine – just about anything sounds good!

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  • By Tammy Rome

    If you decide to try it, let me know how it goes. Based on the feedback I’ve gotten from friends, you’ve got a 50/50 chance of either improvement or worsening. Nobody has ever told me it did nothing.

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  • By skullsnbows

    Well, as a matter of desperation, I went ahead and ordered the Sinol. The results are a little iffy but I thought I would post them anyway.

    First off, there is a burning sensation when which I compared to getting pool water up your nose. I didn’t think it was horrible, but my daughter tried it and she said it felt like her nose was on fire. It also burned my throat a little on the way down, just like the aforementioned pool water.

    On three occasions, I sorta felt like a migraine was coming so I used it, and it didn’t come, though whether or not it would have without the spray is another matter. I used it earlier than I would have my Maxalt because I try and be absolutely sure I have one coming before using Maxalt as I only get 9 a month.

    My daughter had a headache yesterday which wasn’t a migraine. She tried it and it had no effect whatsoever. I had a migraine last night that came on pretty fast, so I tried it on a real migraine. It seemed like it was helping for about 15 minutes and then it started to get worse. So I tried another dose and it had the same effect. I ended up taking a Maxalt and it finally went away about an hour and a half later but I’m pretty sure it was the Maxalt that did the job.

    So in conclusion, I’m pretty sure it was a waste of $11 and I should have listened to shamp21, but when you’re desperate for relief, you’ll try about anything. Hope this helps someone else.

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    • By The Migraine Girl Moderator

      Dear skullsnbows,

      I’ve been following this discussion and appreciate your taking the time to check back in with us. I’m sorry that the Sinol wasn’t a resounding success for you or your daughter. Like you, I have shelled out lots of cash over the years to try to find effective treatments. I don’t think you should be down on yourself for trying something new. 🙂

      Take care,
      Janet G.
      “The Migraine Girl”

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  • By Paul

    “I suffered from chronic headaches — diagnosed by the New England Center for Headache, Stamford , CT , as combined tension/migraine/rebound — for decades. I self-treated with Excedrin and, for 10 years after diagnosis, with prescribed Fioricet and Fioricet with codeine, if needed. Numerous preventive drugs either didn’t work or caused unacceptable side effects. There was no end in sight. Then, my doctor at the Center, Dr. Alan Rapoport, who had done research on capsaicin as a preventive for cluster headaches, tried me on a sample of Sinol spray, based on capsaicin. It was miraculous. Within 3 months, I was off all meds and was using Sinol only occasionally; within 6 months, I was off Sinol too. I still keep it around for the rare occasion when, e.g., wine or oriental spicy food might trigger a mild headache, but my headaches have now been essentially gone for several years. Based on my experience, Sinol nasal spray is something that should be brought to the attention of your readers, especially for breaking the rebound. Don’t discount this product, I have introduced it to many people with fantastic results.

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