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Popular Sweetner Sucralose as a Migraine Trigger

Authors

  • Rajendrakumar M. Patel MD,

  • Rakesh Sarma MD,

  • Edwin Grimsley MD


  • From the Department of Internal Medicine, Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon, GA.

Address all correspondence to Dr. Rajendrakumar M. Patel, Department of Internal Medicine, Mercer University School of Medicine, 707 Pine Street, Macon, GA 31201.

Abstract

Sucralose (trichlorogalactosucrose, or better known as Splenda) is an artificial sweetener from native sucrose that was approved by the FDA on April 1, 1998 (April Fool's Day). This observation of a potential causal relationship between sucralose and migraines may be important for physicians to remember this can be a possible trigger during dietary history taking. Identifying further triggers for migraine headaches, in this case sucralose, may help alleviate some of the cost burden (through expensive medical therapy or missed work opportunity) as well as provide relief to migraineurs.

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