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3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Take Opioids for Migraines

Opiods are prescription painkillers that work by reducing the pain signals in the nerves and by reducing the release of pain-related neurotransmitters in the brain. They are often the go-to drugs for people with severe headaches and migraines. The problem is, however, opiods have been clinically shown to create more problems than just head pain.

Here are 3 important reasons you should avoid taking opiods, and seek alternative pain treatment for migraines and headaches.

1. Side effects

The side effects of opiods can be worse than the health condition they are being used for.

Possible side effects of opiods include:

  • Sedation
  • Respiratory depression or a lowered rate of breathing
  • Euphoria
  • Cough suppression
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Low heart rate and blood pressure
  • Constipation
  • Itching

Other potential side effects include sexual dysfunction, mind fogginess, mood disturbances like anxiety or depression, problems with motivation, abdominal cramps, and dry mouth.

2. They can trigger new (rebound) headaches

Opiod use can lead to the development of a disorder called medication overuse headache. This disorder is caused by overuse of pain-relieving medications for 10 to 15 days per month for at least 3 months. A medication overuse headache, also known as a rebound headache, usually goes away after the patient stops over-using painkillers.

Opiods may also transform a migraine from acute to chronic — which is any migraine that occurs for at least 15 days a month for at least 3 months. This means that your migraines will occur more often and make them more difficult to manage.

3. Tolerance and addiction

If a person takes opioids chronically for their headaches, they are at risk for developing tolerance, which can develop just after 2 weeks of continued opioid use. Tolerance means that a person needs to take more of a medication to achieve the same effect, or pain relief in this case.

Eventually tolerance may lead to dependence and addiction, meaning a person needs opioids to function and develops withdrawal symptoms if not taking them. Opioid withdrawal usually begins about 6 to 12 hours after stopping opioids and last about 2 to 3 days.

Migraine and Headache Treatment

While there are some people who may need opiods, especially those who suffer from refractory migraines, or migraines that are resistant to alternative therapies and over-the-counter medications, other migraine sufferers may be good candidates for TruDenta therapy offered here at Pasadena Pain Management. TruDenta pain treatment therapy is needle-free, drug-free, and up to 95% effective in the right candidates.

Contact us today for a FREE CONSULTATION to see if you are a candidate for TruDenta migraine relief treatment.