Butalbital is commonly used in medications for various kinds of migraines including tension migraine. By itself, butalbital is classified as a barbiturate which provides relaxation by slowing down the central nervous system and the impulses of the brain.
It is also used in combination with aspirin or acetaminophen and caffeine. This combination makes the drug a lot more effective, as acetaminophen works on reducing pain and fever, while the caffeine de-constricts the blood vessels. These very constricted vessels are the primary cause behind a tension headache. Butalbital is especially effective for patients who, for some reason or the other, cannot have pain relief medication like NSAIDs and opioids.
Though it is not a term one comes across very commonly, tension migraine headache is diagnosed in one out of five people. If you are facing some sort of emotional stress, these headaches can worsen or occur more frequently. Though tension headaches are quite intense, they don’t usually last very long. Common symptoms of this kind of headache are pain that is not localized to any one area of the head, and a tight feeling across the eyes and around the neck or head.
Apart from stress, there are other factors that can trigger a tension migraine. These could be tense muscles in the neck and scalp, caffeine, unhealthy food habits, bright sunlight, depression, extreme weather conditions, sudden noise, and smoking.
Along with medication, alternate forms of treatment also work to provide relief from these headaches. Acupuncture is one such form of alternative therapy that migraine patients have found to be extremely successful in alleviating the pain associated with migraines. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese therapy which is based on stimulating the flow of life energy, ‘Chi’, through the body. This is done by placing acupuncture needles at key points of the body that will relieve the tension headache.
Acupuncture has become increasingly popular as a treatment for not only migraine but several other illnesses. It has received legal stature in most states in America, China, Japan, and several European countries. Today, leading medical practitioners don’t hesitate in recommending acupuncture along with western medicine.