Update: Magnesium and Coenzyme Q-10 for Migraine Prevention

I started a new treatment regimen several months back, and recently realized (thanks to several readers’ emails) that I neglected to update the blog with my experiences. So, here goes:

In February, I began taking magnesium and coenzyme Q-10 supplements for migraine prevention/relief. In addition to my standard multi-vitamin (which includes 200 mg of magnesium), I take 100 mg of CoQ10 three times per day, and 250 mg of magnesium once per day. (The recommended dosage in “The Migraine Brain” was 400 mg of magnesium daily, but I was unable to find 100 mg tablets.) I also recently added a 100 mg B2 supplement.

So far, I haven’t experienced any reduction in the frequency of my migraine attacks, but I have noticed a decline in the pain associated with my attacks. What used to be a standard 5 to 7, is now a 3 or 4 on a normal day. Some days are worse, of course, and I still get my sharp stabs of intense (7 to 9) pain, but the overall pain levels are down. This is good news.

As a chronic migraineur, I’ll take what help I can get, where I can get it. If I’m going to keep getting the attacks, at least they’re less painful. And, all in all, this is pretty much the same improvement I experienced on Topamax – without the mood changes, weight loss, and forgetfulness.

I’m interested to learn what the rest of you have experienced. Have you taken magnesium or coenzyme Q-10 for migraine prevention? What happened?

One thought on “Update: Magnesium and Coenzyme Q-10 for Migraine Prevention

  1. The protocol I am on that seems to be working well is the following taken twice a day:
    B2 400 Mg
    Magnesium 400 Mg
    CoQ10 200 Mg
    Butterbur 75 Mg

    I was having daily migraines and this has reduced the frequency so far by over 40%.

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