Why Migraines Can Cause Vomiting

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While aura, debilitating pain, and sensitivity to light and sound are the most well-known migraine symptoms, they aren’t the only ones. About 58% of migraine sufferers also report nausea and even vomiting during migraine attacks.

Our expert team at Wellness IV in Freeport, New York, offers Migraine Relief 一 an IV infusion designed to ease the many symptoms of migraines. If you’re in need of migraine relief, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

In the meantime, our team explains the link between migraines and vomiting and what you can do to find relief when a migraine strikes.

What’s the connection between migraines and vomiting?

Nausea is a common migraine symptom, and it typically occurs during the prodrome phase of a migraine. This is the first phase and can also include irritability, food cravings, sensitivity to light/sound, difficulty concentrating, and fatigue, according to the American Migraine Foundation

The prodrome phase can begin anywhere from a few hours to a few days before your head starts to hurt. Nausea can also appear again during the headache phase of a migraine, which lasts up to 72 hours.

Not everyone with nausea vomits, but it’s common to experience both. So why are these two stomach issues connected to a migraine? 

Stimulated nerve pathways

Researchers believe that certain nerve pathways (vagus and glossopharyngeal) involved in migraines also stimulate an area in your brainstem that triggers the vomiting center of your brain. 


Serotonin might also play a role in why some migraine sufferers experience vomiting and nausea. Low serotonin levels can increase your risk of developing a migraine, and interestingly, there are many serotonin receptors in your gut. When your body tries to increase serotonin quickly, you could feel more nauseated


Alcohol is a common migraine trigger, and it can lead to acute migraine attacks as well as hangover headaches. Both migraines and hangovers can contribute to nausea and vomiting. 

If your vomiting and headache are due to a hangover, we offer Reboot IV infusions, which contain nutrients to replenish your fluids, but it also contains Ondansetron to reduce nausea and vomiting.

Finding relief from nausea and vomiting

If a migraine leaves you feeling nauseous, there are a few things you can do to find relief at home or at work:

  • Loosen your clothing around your stomach, as tight clothing can make the nausea worse
  • Apply a cold compress or ice pack to the back of your neck or forehead
  • Take slow, deep breaths
  • Step outside for fresh air, if possible
  • Avoid food with bold flavors or strong odors 
  • Eat bland food, such as rice, toast, or cereal
  • Stay hydrated

Mobile IV infusion can be another option that brings the relief to you.

What is Migraine Relief?

For migraines and vomiting unrelated to hangovers, we may recommend Migraine Relief. This is our Alleviate drip plus Toradol. Our Alleviate drip is designed to relieve stomach complaints such as bloating and abdominal discomfort. The combination of calcium, magnesium, B12, vitamin complex, and Toradol work together to reduce your pain and improve your symptoms.

Because IV infusions are administered straight into your bloodstream, you can expect quick relief from your nausea and vomiting. 

To find out if Migraine Relief IV infusions (or any other infusions) are right for you, call us at 516-274-4265 today to schedule a visit or to ask about our mobile units. You can also visit our website to request your appointment.

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