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Review: could Phentermine cause Migraine?

We study 10,928 people who have side effects while taking Phentermine from FDA and social media. Among them, 64 have Migraine. Find out below who they are, when they have Migraine and more.

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Phentermine

Phentermine (latest outcomes from 12,965 users) has active ingredients of phentermine hydrochloride. It is often used in obesity.

Migraine

Migraine (headache) (latest reports from 172,141 patients) has been reported by people with multiple sclerosis, birth control, depression, osteoporosis, pain.

On Oct, 13, 2014: 10,928 people reported to have side effects when taking Phentermine. Among them, 64 people (0.59%) have Migraine.

Trend of Migraine in Phentermine reports

Time on Phentermine when people have Migraine * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Migraine14.29%28.57%14.29%14.29%14.29%14.29%0.00%

Gender of people who have Migraine when taking Phentermine * :

FemaleMale
Migraine98.44%1.56%

Age of people who have Migraine when taking Phentermine * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Migraine0.00%0.00%2.27%9.09%27.27%38.64%18.18%4.55%

Severity of Migraine when taking Phentermine ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Migraine0.00%20.00%80.00%0.00%

How people recovered from Migraine ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Migraine0.00%66.67%33.33%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Weight loss (3 people, 4.69%)
  2. Tooth abscess (2 people, 3.12%)
  3. Post-traumatic stress disorder (2 people, 3.12%)
  4. Insomnia (2 people, 3.12%)
  5. Obesity (2 people, 3.12%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Pondimin (53 people, 82.81%)
  2. Redux (22 people, 34.38%)
  3. Fastin (14 people, 21.88%)
  4. Paxil (8 people, 12.50%)
  5. Phentermine hydrochloride (6 people, 9.38%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

Comments for this study:

Lifetime Migraine Lady (2 years ago):

How horrible! You might consider a switch to Topomax, similar weight control with migraine meds if your neurologist likes the drug for you. I think this is like so many drugs (Botox for migraines, epilepsy medicine, heart meds...) works like magic for some and hurts others. At least you know quickly and the ill effects wear off after a few days so you can try something else until you find the perfect thing. Only took me 30 years of trying...
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Ms. MajorMigraine (2 years ago):

That's interesting that your PCP perscribed it for your migraines. I was perscribed Phentermine for weight loss as my BMI is over 30. I have taken it for approx. five months now, and get migraines MORE frequently (I've had diagnosed migraines for about 20 years now). In fact, the only time I DON'T get a migraine is after I have stopped taking it for three days in a row and I can flush the Phentermine completely from my body...
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Lifetime Migraine Lady (2 years ago):

There are several forums I have visited where the posters and bloggers have been trumpeting the positive effects of phentermine on migraine. I have suffered from migraine since the early 1980s (I am in my 30 now). When my PCP tried phentermine for me for short term weight loss I was shocked to notice my migraines went from on average every other day to maybe 5 a month. I stayed on for a year and it was the single best migraine year of my life. My neurologist is considering putting me on this drug to control my migraines. When I looked to see if others were doing the same, the web is full of these references. As with every drug that helps some migraine patients, it hurts some others. If you have migraines, don't back from trying phentermine - could have result like we have and isn't it worth the possibility of a few extra headaches to have a shot at reducing frequency by 1/4?
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  • From this study (2 years ago):

  • Lifetime Migraine Lady on Oct, 15, 2012:

    There are several forums I have visited where the posters and bloggers have been trumpeting the positive effects of phentermine on migraine. I have suffered from migraine since the early 1980s (I am in my 30 now). When my PCP tried phentermine for me for short term weight loss I was shocked to notice my migraines went from on average every other day to maybe 5 a month. I stayed on for a year and it was the single best migraine year of my life. My neurologist is considering putting me on this drug to control my migraines. When I looked to see if others were doing the same, the web is full of these references. As with every drug that helps some migraine patients, it hurts some others. If you have migraines, don't back from trying phentermine - could have result like we have and isn't it worth the possibility of a few extra headaches to have a shot at reducing frequency by 1/4?

    Reply

    Lifetime Migraine Lady on Oct, 23, 2012:

    How horrible! You might consider a switch to Topomax, similar weight control with migraine meds if your neurologist likes the drug for you. I think this is like so many drugs (Botox for migraines, epilepsy medicine, heart meds...) works like magic for some and hurts others. At least you know quickly and the ill effects wear off after a few days so you can try something else until you find the perfect thing. Only took me 30 years of trying...

    Reply

    Ms. MajorMigraine on Oct, 22, 2012:

    That's interesting that your PCP perscribed it for your migraines. I was perscribed Phentermine for weight loss as my BMI is over 30. I have taken it for approx. five months now, and get migraines MORE frequently (I've had diagnosed migraines for about 20 years now). In fact, the only time I DON'T get a migraine is after I have stopped taking it for three days in a row and I can flush the Phentermine completely from my body...

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