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Intravenous aspirin safe, effective option for severe headache or migraine

November 14, 2015

Before, during and after treatment, 86 participants wrote hourly in diaries about their pain. Pain was rated on a 10-point scale, with scores of 1-3 for mild headache, 4-7 for moderate headache, and 8-10 for severe headache. Participants' comments, along with nurses' notes, were also used to rate the effectiveness of IV aspirin.

The study found that more than 25 percent of the time, people experienced a 3-point or greater reduction in pain scores, downgrading the headache from severe to moderate, moderate to mild or from mild to no headache. About 40 percent of the time, participants reported a moderate effect."It's important to note that participants knew they were getting treatment and a placebo was not used, although placebo-controlled trials have shown intravenous aspirin is effective in acute migraine," said Goadsby. "Our findings warrant more research into the use of IV aspirin for severe headache or migraine."

Potential side effects of aspirin include heartburn, nausea, vomiting, bleeding, worsening of asthma, kidney impairment and rash.SOURCE American Academy of Neurology