Sitting in the dark, I sit quietly, crying, praying for this pain to end. At times feeling as though I am dying, I try to refrain from screaming out. The throbbing is intensifying, the black outs are coming; nausea is wrecking havoc with my stomach. Praying the children will remain quite for just a little while, I sit and sweat, and cry sitting in my dark room. Welcome you have just taken a journey into my life with migraines. Being a mother, I though child birth would be the most painful thing I would ever experience, I can honestly tell you my migraines rank right up there with child birth. Many years now I have suffered from depilating migraines. At times I was unable to fully function, having to retreat to a dark, quite room to try and rid myself of my migraine. As with allot of folks, I have undergone several serious of test to try and find the source of my problems. Finally my doctor prescribed Imitrex to help with the pain. The only problem is Imitrex is highly addictive, therefore most doctors do not like to prescribe it in high quantities. My sister, who is also a lifelong sufferer of migraines, spent the weekend at my house last year. During our nice weekend together I started the low dull roar of a migraine coming on. Immediately my sister leaped into action and told me to take two her Advil Migraines. Now I had heard of the over the counter migraine medicines for a while, but thought it was just Advil with a new name. Within twenty minutes I felt remarkably better, the nausea was barely there, the throbbing was almost completely gone. The relief lasted the rest of the day without need for any other medications. A note here, Advil Migraine usually only takes away a headache completely if taken at the onset of the migraine Although doctors do not yet understand the exact cause of migraines, there are certain things that can trigger a migraine. Physiological, emotional and environmental factors can bring on a headache. They include: Stress Lack of sleep or fatigue Hormonal changes Missing a meal Changes in barometric pressure or altitude Dosage Information: According to label instructions take 2 tablets with a glass of water for adults, People under 18 years of age should consult a doctor. Also says do not take more than 2 tablets in 24 hours period unless directed by doctor. Active Ingredients: Solublized ibuprofen equal to 200 mg ibuprofen. (present as the free acid and potassium salt) nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Warnings: If you are allergic to ibuprofen you should not take, also ibuprofen can cause allergic reactions symptoms may include: *Hives *Facial swelling *Asthma *Shock *Skin Reddening *Rash *Blisters I personally had no side effects what so ever. certain foods can also be triggers, such as: Alcohol, particularly red wine Chocolate Food additives such as nitrates and nitrites Caffeine Not everyone will react to all of these triggers. You may react to one or none at all. The trick is finding out what your triggers are. Advil Migraine is a wonderful product to use at the first onset of a migraine. Before you use this product however make sure to read the manufactures warnings. Do not use: If you have ever had an allergic reaction to any other pain reliever/fever reducer. Ask a doctor before use if you have: never had migraines diagnosed by a health professional a headache that is different from your usual migraines the worst headache of your life fever and stiff neck headaches beginning after or caused by head injury, exertion, coughing or bending experienced your first headache after the age of 50 daily headaches a migraine so severe as to require bed rest problems or serious side effects from taking pain relievers or fever reducers stomach pain Advil Migraine worked wonderfully for me and lasted for approximently 12 hours before I could of used another dosage. It did not upset my stomach or cause me to get jittery like Excedrin Migraine tends to do. As with all medications is best that you speak with your doctor before taking any. This is a wonderful product if you able to catch a migraine before it gets too bad, if you take the Advil too late into your migraine, you will notice that it helps but does not stop the migraine. Update July 2006, I added dosage information, warnings and active ingredients in Advil Migraine.