Why do I get migraines and what are the causes?

No one knows exactly why we suffer migraines, but there are some things that people find trigger their symptoms, including starting their period, stress, tiredness and some types of food and drink. Some people will also get an ‘aura’ or ‘sign’ before an attack, such as visual disturbances.

Who suffers from migraines?

Migraines are fairly common and affect around one in every five women and around one in every 15 men. They usually begin in early adulthood.1


What are the common symptoms of migraines?

Pounding, throbbing on one or both sides of their head, nausea, sensitivity to light, sounds or smells, seeing flashing lights or zig-zag patterns.

Should I be concerned about my migraine?

If you spot a migraine in its very earliest stages, you may be able to control it with non-prescription pain relievers. Work with your doctor to find the method that works best for you. Try to avoid any foods that trigger your migraines, drink lots of water and cut back on your caffeine and alcohol intake.

What not to do when you have a migraine

Don’t eat any foods that trigger your migraines or have too much caffeine or alcohol.

What can I do about migraines?

Keep a diary of when your own personal pain triggers strike, drink plenty of fluids, make sure you are well rested and take regular breaks from work.

For migraine relief try Solpadeine Plus, Solpadeine Max or Solpadeine Headache.

Ask your pharmacist for more advice.


  • Clinically proven to work when regular pain relief is not enough1
  • The soluble tablets get to work 2x faster than Paracetamol tablets*
  • Available in tablets, soluble tablets and capsules

1Only applicable to Solpadeine Plus and Solpadeine Max
*Based on absorption data

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