Reflux Drugs & Migraines

By Editorial Staff

Acid-reflux medication includes familiar brand names like Tums, Maalox, Mylanta and many others. Antacid and proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) use is all too common, despite the fact that in many cases, modifiable lifestyle behaviors (namely diet) are the cause. Another problem with these medications? They may increase the risk of severe headaches, including migraines.

Among nearly 12,000 adults who provided information to researchers concerning use of acid-reducing medication and migraine / severe headache prevalence in the previous three months, more participants reported migraine / severe headache if they were taking PPIs, H2 blockers (Pepsid, Tagamet, etc.) or antacids. When researchers adjusted for variables that could affect migraine risk (age, sex, caffeine and/or alcohol use), the results were staggering: 70% higher risk of migraines if taking PPIs, 40% higher risk if taking H2 blockers, and 30% higher risk if taking antacids.

As mentioned, lifestyle plays a role in acid reflux and resolving it. Harvard Health discusses some of the lifestyle changes you can make if you suffer from acid reflux / GERD, while also emphasizing some of the problems with acid-suppressing medications. Click here to learn more.

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