New OTC Migraine Relief Highlights Weakness in Consumer Protection

If you are looking for a new drug-free migraine treatment, you’re in luck. Or maybe you’re not. We don’t know. That’s because the new effervescent migraine relief tablets being marketed online and soon appearing in stores with the name Migranade have not been evaluated for safety and effectiveness.

A Regulatory Loophole

Migraine drug not regulatedThe reason why no one has evaluated the safety and effectiveness of Migranade is that this is an over-the-counter medication that contains only herbs and therefore doesn’t have to be tested. On the one hand, people might argue that this is good, because these herbs are all-natural, but in truth there are many risks associated with some of these natural ingredients.

For example, Sanguinaria canadensis, bloodroot, is one of the active ingredients in Migranade, and too large of doses of this herb can result in nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting, visual changes, fainting, and even paralysis. When included in herbal skin creams, it can lead to large patches of dead skin that result in permanent scarring. “All-natural” is not synonymous with safe.

But Is It Effective?

The potential risk of this herbal formula might be acceptable if there were some suspicion that it might work. Of all the ingredients in the formula, only one of them has really been shown in studies to have any potential effectiveness on migraines: chamomilla. That’s right, chamomile is the lone ingredient in the formula that has been shown to have the potential to relieve headaches. That’s because chamomile functions in a mechanism similar to many nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen.

Another, glutathione, does have a connection with migraines, since migraineurs sometimes have depressed level of this compound, but there’s no evidence that taking a supplement would help. Some suggest that glutathione is not absorbed well through the digestive tract, and even that sudden increases of glutathione could actually increase migraines.

The claims of effectiveness on the website are unsubstantiated by science, and even anecdotal evidence of effectiveness is sparse.

Proven Drug-Free Treatment

We understand that as a migraine sufferer you are eager to find a drug-free treatment for your headaches.

But choose a drug-free treatment that’s proven to be effective. TMJ treatment has been shown to help many people reduce the frequency and severity of migraine headaches, and may even be a crucial part of treatment for people with both conditions.

And if you want to try an herbal remedy, opt for a cup of chamomile tea rather than an untested combination of ingredients.

If you would like to learn whether TMJ treatment can help improve your migraines, please call (619) 299-5925 for an appointment with a San Diego neuromuscular dentist at Strober Dental.