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Aspirin 'offers migraine pain relief'

14th April 2010

One of the most common forms of painkiller could provide relief to the majority of migraine sufferers, new research has claimed.

A Cochrane Systematic Review of 13 studies, which looked at evidence from more than 4,200 participants, found that migraine headache pain can be reduced within two hours for 52 per cent of sufferers if they are given a single dose of 900 to 1000 mg aspirin.

In addition, the painkiller was found to be effective in alleviating associated problems such as vomiting and sensitivity to sound or light, while 10 mg of the antiemetic metoclopramide can further reduce nausea.

The review also showed one-quarter of participants found a single dose of aspirin completely eliminated their migraine pain within two hours, although researchers pointed out that some patients may require stronger remedies.

Andrew Moore, of the department of anaesthetics at Oxford John Radcliffe Hospital, added: 'We are presently working on reviews of other [over-the-counter] medicines for migraines, to provide consumers with the best available evidence on treatments that don't need a prescription.'

According to Migraine Action, more than six million people in the UK are affected by the condition, making it more common than epilepsy, asthma and diabetes combined.

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