Vitamins and Minerals in Migraine Management

Vitamins and Minerals in Migraine Management

Esther Tomkins, Clinical Nurse specialist and Medical Advisor to the MAI

*Please note that people considering these options should discuss the matter first with their GP/neurologist and pharmacist. These doses are high and patients should speak to their practitioner about side effects.*

Some patients favour the use of complementary therapies to help to reduce the frequency and severity of their migraine attacks. An option often asked about is the use of minerals and vitamins.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) has been shown to be helpful to reduce attack frequency, headache days and days with nausea. The recommended dose is 100mg three times a day.

Magnesium is recommended 400 – 600mg daily as an oral dose, and can be given under specialist supervision intravenously at 1000 – 2000mg (IV) for the management of acute attacks. Magnesium is thought to have an analgesic effect.

Riboflavin 200 – 400mg daily has also shown to be helpful to reduce attack frequency and improve the number of migraine days.

 

Vitamins and Minerals in Migraine Management

Vitamins and Minerals in Migraine Management

Esther Tomkins, Clinical Nurse specialist and Medical Advisor to the MAI

*Please note that people considering these options should discuss the matter first with their GP/neurologist and pharmacist. These doses are high and patients should speak to their practitioner about side effects.*

Some patients favour the use of complementary therapies to help to reduce the frequency and severity of their migraine attacks. An option often asked about is the use of minerals and vitamins.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) has been shown to be helpful to reduce attack frequency, headache days and days with nausea. The recommended dose is 100mg three times a day.

Magnesium is recommended 400 – 600mg daily as an oral dose, and can be given under specialist supervision intravenously at 1000 – 2000mg (IV) for the management of acute attacks. Magnesium is thought to have an analgesic effect.

Riboflavin 200 – 400mg daily has also shown to be helpful to reduce attack frequency and improve the number of migraine days.