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Wednesday January 31, 2018

Talk to your

LOCAL PHARMACY

KELBURN PHARMACY

Migraine - such a headache

Bevan, Pharmacist

Opening hours:

Monday - Friday 8am to 6pm Saturday - 9.00am to 4pm

New address! 1 Upland Road, Kelburn

Phone 04 475 9512 | Fax 04 475 9156 Email info@kelburnpharmacy.co.nz

Unichem

Unichem

Johnsonville

Johnsonville

Phone: (04) 477 9315 Fax: (04) 477 1963

Phone: (04) Phone: (04) 477 477 9513 9315 Fax: (04) 477 1963 Fax: (04) 477 1963 www.unichem.co.nz

“Friendly and efficient staff here to help with all your health and beauty needs”

“Friendly efficient staff We have youand covered here to help with all your for all and your health beauty needs” self www.unichem.co.nz care needs

Mon - Fri: 9am - 7pm Sat: 9am - 6pm. Sun: 10am - 5pm

31 Johnsonville Road P. 04 477 9513 - F. 04 477 1963 unichemjohnsonville@orcon.net.nz

www.unichem.co.nz

THE PRESERVATION OF HEALTH IS EASIER THAN THE CURE OF THE DISEASE

Most of us have experienced headaches, even bad ones. But migraines are something else again. “They are headaches with special symptoms”, say Self Care pharmacists. A migraine headache is severe, can last for many hours – even days, and is of a throbbing nature. The pain usually is felt on one side of your head, although it can spread to the other side. During a migraine ‘attack’ you may become very sensitive to light, noise and movement. You may also feel sick, and some people vomit. Not every migraine sufferer knows when he or she will get a migraine but some people get early-warning signs that one is on the way. About a day or so before a migraine, you may start craving for sweet foods, yawn a lot, or feel irritable and withdrawn. Some get what is called an ‘aura’ - a kind of premonition. These people see shimmering or zigzag lines, or lose vision in one eye, or both eyes. The ‘aura’ can happen up to an hour before the headache, or just five

minutes before. Women tend to get migraine more often than men – due to changing hormone levels, especially around menstruation time. They get less frequent after menopause. Children can get migraine. Those who do often complain of tummy ache. If your child gets lots of tummy aches for no obvious reason, get it checked-out with your doctor. It could be migraine. There are many theories about what causes migraine. Certain ‘triggers’ are thought to change blood flow to the brain and cause chemicals to be released that result in the migraine. “Some foods - like cheese, chocolate, wines or citrus fruits - are ‘triggers’ for some people,” advise Self Care pharmacists, “but don’t go depriving yourself of particular foods unless you know for sure that they bring-on your migraines”. Lack of sleep, missing meals, or high levels of stress also can bring-on migraines. Many different migraine-relief medicines

are available. They range from mild pain relievers that you can buy from a pharmacy and take as soon as you feel the pain coming on, to stronger ones requiring a doctor’s prescription. If you get migraines on a frequent basis, you may need long-term medicines to reduce the number of ‘attacks’, or try to prevent them. Talk with your doctor about this. Most migraines last only a few hours but some people have very bad ‘attacks’ that last for anything up to three days. Resting or sleeping in a quiet dark room can help. It is common for most people to complain of feeling ‘washed out’ after a migraine and it may take a few days to feel like yourself again. Talk further with your Self Care pharmacist about migraines and medicines used to treat them. Ask for a copy of the Migraine fact card that provides helpful self care tips on possible ways to avoid ‘trigging’ migraines, and how to manage them.

For all your pharmaceutical needs see our friendly teams at

Johnsonville Medical Centre Pharmacy Ltd

Brian

Anne-Marie

Gita

Monique

Carmen

Fiona

Rebekah

Unichem Karori Mall Pharmacy - The Mall, 250 Karori Rd, Karori | Ph: (04) 476 7564 Unichem Marsden Village Pharmacy - 159 Karori Rd, Karori | Ph: 04 476 99 44

2 Trafalgar Street, JOHNSONVILLE Geoff Savell MPS Phone: 920-8844 OPENING HOURS: Mon-Wed: 8:30am - 8pm Thurs/Fri: 8:30am - 6:00pm. Sat: 9:30am - 12:30pm

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