Inderal for headaches

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puccini914
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   Posted 9/29/2008 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello All, I just saw PCP today and he gave me Inderal for my headaches.  Didn't have any luck using Cymbalta at the 60mg twice a day for pain and headaches, so we're tapering off it.  Anyone have any luck with Inderal?

Jennifer

PCP DX Lupus and Fibro, Taking plaquenil, Cymbalta, Flexeril,Claritin, Zantac,Ambien,vitamin B-12, multi- vitamin, Darvocet.  Homeschooling Mom of 2 boys 1 and 6.  Symptoms: Fatigue, joint pain, heat/sun sensitivity, mouth and nose sores, malar rash, migranes, awful hives, positive ANA, and RF.

 

 


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   Posted 10/1/2008 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Puccini . . . I don't have any experience about Inderal . . . but I wanted to bump this topic back up so someone who knows more can respond.

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puccini914
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   Posted 10/1/2008 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Rosie.  The strange thing is yeaterday (the first day on Inderal) I had the worst headache yet.  Was in bed until 3:30pm.  Today, everything seems better.  Tapering off the Cymbalta is a good thing, b/c the metallic taste in my mouth is finally starting to fade.  Pain meds switched from Darvocet to Lortab.  Although I hate the idea of constantly being on a narcotic, my options are so limited since any anti-inflammatory makes me break out in horrible hives.  I'm concerned because the Inderal also carries a uticaria warning, but so far I'm hive clear.  I've given up on the search for the absolute diagnosis because I'm certain now that this is Lupus.  I've got 6 of 11 with the bloodwork to match.  Now I have to turn my focus to prayer and ask the Lord to send me into a permenent state of remission or at least the strength to care for my two boys as they deserve.  Maybe we can start a thread for prayers for remission for all of us.  Thanks so much for all your support.

Jennifer

PCP DX Lupus and Fibro, Taking plaquenil, Cymbalta, Flexeril,Claritin, Zantac,Ambien,vitamin B-12, multi- vitamin, Darvocet.  Homeschooling Mom of 2 boys 1 and 6.  Symptoms: Fatigue, joint pain, heat/sun sensitivity, mouth and nose sores, malar rash, migranes, awful hives, positive ANA, and RF.

 

 


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   Posted 10/1/2008 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   
pucciuni - do you have brain shocks going off the cymbalta. I just posted this ? on another forum, but thought I would ask you.
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   Posted 10/1/2008 3:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Jennifer, I've thought about asking for something for my headaches, but hated to be on another med, so for now, I take a hydrocodone which helps. I can't take anti inflammatories either because of rashes and I'm also not supposed to take them for my kidneys.

I took Cymbalta for a short time and had a bad reaction to it. Did your doc say anything about side effects from tapering off of it? I have no idea if your headache could be from decreasing your Cymbalta or if it's something else. I can't take any of the newer antidepressants, but I can take the old tricyclic antidepressents, which can help headaches when taken at a low dose. I take 50mg of doxepin at night and my headaches are less frequent and the doxepin helps me sleep.

It's a real balancing act trying to find just the right meds and the right dose of meds to help. It can be a frustrating process too. Hang in there.
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puccini914
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   Posted 10/1/2008 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Actually I'm tapering off the cymbalta. The only effect I had from it to begin with was a horrible metallic taste in my mouth which only occurred at the 60mg twice a day dose. Other then that it didn't seem to do anything at all. I was taking it in hopes it would help with the headaches and joint pain, but no luck there. My blood pressure was borderline at my last appt so he decideded the inderal would be a good choice. I'll let you know if it helps the headaches.

Hippi, what do you take for joint pain? I was taking darvocet which no longer works for me and now I'm taking the Lortabs. I have pretty bad pain in my hands and feet everyday, I can't even get moving in the morning until the pain meds kick in. Even the Ultram made me beak out. Do you take pred everyday? If so, how do you deal with those side effects?

Jennifer

PCP DX Lupus and Fibro, Taking plaquenil, Cymbalta, Flexeril,Claritin, Zantac,Ambien,vitamin B-12, multi- vitamin, Darvocet.  Homeschooling Mom of 2 boys 1 and 6.  Symptoms: Fatigue, joint pain, heat/sun sensitivity, mouth and nose sores, malar rash, migranes, awful hives, positive ANA, and RF.

 

 


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   Posted 10/1/2008 8:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi hun, actually I am on inderol. I take 30mg in the morning and 30 in the evening. However I don't take it for headaches. Do you have problems with your heart beat? Inderol is an MAO inhibitor. There are a lot of things you shouldn't use it with. With my lungs so bad my heart beats about 120 beats per min. if I don't take it. When I do take it it goes down to about 65bpm. Barb is the only other one that takes it on here that I am aware of. I could be wrong though. I'm really curious why they gave it to you for headaches. Maybe if your HB was so high it was causing headaches? I'm really at a loss. Please look up the drug interactions especially because you said you still had headaches. I don't mean to scare ya I am just curious. I would like to know.
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   Posted 10/2/2008 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   
puccini914 said...
Hippi, what do you take for joint pain? I was taking darvocet which no longer works for me and now I'm taking the Lortabs. I have pretty bad pain in my hands and feet everyday, I can't even get moving in the morning until the pain meds kick in. Even the Ultram made me beak out. Do you take pred everyday? If so, how do you deal with those side effects?
  Like you, I have the worst of my pain in my hands and feet and I have a hard time moving in the morning too.  I am able to take ultram (tramadol) without a rash.  It caused some itching at first, but never had the rash with it.  The tramadol just cuts the pain down to a bearable level.  I do take prednisone everyday and definitely would not be able to function without it.  Before I started taking it, I was to the point where I was having trouble walking or getting up and down out of a chair.  As nasty as the side effects are, prednisone has given me back some sort of life.  The worst side effects so far have been stomach upset (prilosec took care of that) and weight gain.  I am finally starting to lose some weight though. 
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puccini914
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   Posted 10/2/2008 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
The only time I've ever been able to ake ultram without a severe hive outbreak is while I'm taking pred. Unfortunately I'm one of those that gets the pred moodiness. My kids are hard enough to deal with as it its.

Okie, I've always had a fast hear rate, but at the appt it was 96 with borderline blood pressure. I guess my biggest concern with these headaches is that it's the start of CNS involvement. I'm really feeling sluggish today. I wonder if it's the Inderal. I started at 60 mg at bedtime. I just want to lay in bed and sleep, but gotta stay moving at least until nap time. Doctor said Inderal should keep my blood vessels from constricting so much which should help with headaches. I know I'm jumping around alot, but feeling a little foggy this morning.

Jennifer

PCP DX Lupus and Fibro, Taking plaquenil, Cymbalta, Flexeril,Claritin, Zantac,Ambien,vitamin B-12, multi- vitamin, Darvocet.  Homeschooling Mom of 2 boys 1 and 6.  Symptoms: Fatigue, joint pain, heat/sun sensitivity, mouth and nose sores, malar rash, migranes, awful hives, positive ANA, and RF.

 

 

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