What prescription do you have for migraine?

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deltaforce
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   Posted 7/27/2010 5:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello folks,

I am a chronic migraine sufferer. I get migraine every 3rd day. So far Naproxen worked like charm but since last 3 months, Naproxen is exacerbating my ulcerative colitis symtoms and I have started flaring (due to Naproxen). Hence I am out in search of alternative medication.

I started with Zolmitriptan, didn't work great and had to take too often. so was prescribed Naproxen.
Now, I am on 100mg of Metaprolol daily as preventive measure but its not working. Along with Metaprolol, I have a prescription of 10mg of Mexalt. Mexalt relieves headache only for 10 mins, then I am back on Naproxen.

I wonder what medication do you take as a preventive measure for your migraine.

Migraine condition is beyond any explanation and matches with many horror stories on this board, hence I won't repeat. You know what I mean.

Thanks in advance.

Male, Otherwise healthy, Non-Smoker and a teetotaler.
Flared for about a year before colonoscopy and official diagnosis of IBD on 23rd March 2007, at the age of 30 years.
Currently taking -
Colazid 2250mg 3X a day,
Azathioprine 150mg a day,
Salazopyrine Suppository 500mg, one every night (Stopped since 2nd June 2010)
Mesalamine 1gm enema 2X a day (since 2nd June 2010)
Metaprolol 50mg, once a day for migraine (since 13th July 2010)

Otherwise serious migraine headache. Possible culprit for migraine is Azathioprine. Migraine is affecting quality of life way more than IBD.

I just give suggestions. You decide what to do with it.


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 7/27/2010 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Most people who suffer from migraine have tried this old fashion home remedy.
 
With the IBD it is difficult to take normal pain meds, and while melt away Maxalt works for me. I wonder if an injectable might be something to think about for you.
 
Do you think your IBD contributes to your migraines, med, or combo there of?  Does your azo keep you in remission?  Would a different uc med be an option?


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caligirl2001
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   Posted 7/30/2010 3:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm currently taking 125mg topamax. 50mg in the morning and 75mg at night, with maxalt as an abortive if needed. Topamax has been my miracle. Side effects for me have been minimal. But by the time my neurologist prescribed it for me, I was ready to take on just about anything to get rid of the pain, side effects be darned. I would have gladly let them cut my skull open if they had told me it would relieve the pain.

I hope you find something that helps you.
Fibromyalgia, High BP, Migraines, anxiety, Non Celiac Gluten Intolerant
Current medications: Topamax, Maxalt, Lotrel, Wellbutrin


scillaangel
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   Posted 8/6/2010 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I am currently talking Epidrin, I have had migraines for 7 years now and this is the only thing that has worked for me so far.

SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 8/6/2010 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
topax, till i found all my triggers. when in migraine, frova, butabital, percocet and morphine (NOT All at once!)
 
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DX: Wegener's Disease, Migraines, Diabetese Type II, PCOS, Lactose Intolerant, Benign Heart Murmer, Depression, Asthma, Asperger's Syndrome, Necrotizing Gramultous Inflamation in eye, A.D.D., Acid Reflux, Tumor Behind the Eye, Carpal Tunnel, Fibromyolgia, Clasterphobic, Arthritis, Anxiety
Medications:  Tri Nessa, Percocet, Metformin, Prednisone, Cingulair, Albuterol, Pro-Air, Morphine, Rolaids, Zofran, Compuzeen, Refresh Plus Eye Drops, Percocet, Immuran, Alvesco, Allerga, Gabapentin, Visteral  PRN: Epi-Pen, Albuterol Nebulizer, Benedryl Undergoing Chemotherapy Taking Lorazepam (Ativan) For MRIs and Anxiety, Surpressed Immune Sytem

deltaforce
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   Posted 8/9/2010 7:13 AM (GMT -6)   
@ Dr. Armani,
I am seriously considering neck stretching exercise. I will look into artificial sugars as well.

@ MMMNAVY,
I was trying to connect IBD with migraine a lot but the dots failed to connect. My IBD meds pretty much keep me in remission but migraine frequency is so often that frequent use of Naproxen doesn't give me any chance to figure out if I am in remission or on flare. No other NSAID would work. Mexalt oral 10mg works for no more than 10 minutes on me. I have also used Zomig nasal 5mg and doesn't work at all. I am suspicious that either triptan derivatives are not for me or etiology of my migraine is different than triptans work on. I thought of going on Remicade for a while but I want to keep my options open. I am just 33 years old. I would prefer to have functioning colon at least till age of 50. I am almost sure that my current meds work, have been on remission for almost a year.

@ caligirl, scillaangel and SmurfyShadow,
The meds you mentioned haven't been talked to me by my neurologist. She prescribed me Mexalt and Metaprolol. I am currently taking 100mg of Metaprolol but it isn't working great. I may have to go up to 150 or even 200mg daily. I will discuss the meds you mentioned though.

Thanks to everyone for your inputs.

Male, Otherwise healthy, Non-Smoker and a teetotaler.
Flared for about a year before colonoscopy and official diagnosis of IBD on 23rd March 2007, at the age of 30 years.
Currently taking -
Colazid 2250mg 3X a day,
Azathioprine 150mg a day,
Salazopyrine Suppository 500mg, one every night (Stopped since 2nd June 2010)
Mesalamine 1gm enema 2X a day (since 2nd June 2010)
Metaprolol 100mg, once a day for migraine (since 13th July 2010)

Otherwise serious migraine headache. Migraine is affecting quality of life way more than IBD.

I just give suggestions. You decide what to do with it.


AdidasJuly
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   Posted 8/12/2010 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
My meds: Imitrex or Naproxen or Phenergan or combo: 1st line
Ultram or Darvocet: 2nd line
Demerol + Phenergan: LAST resort
Zonegran: Daily preventative
Suggestions: Try to identify what type of headache you are having and treat it at the first sign. Not every headache is a migraine-use the least invasive medication you can-but be sure to not let the pain get out of control.
I have been on both Topamax, Depakote and Propranolol in the past. With Topamax I lost 30 lbs over about 8 months-I had difficultly remembering simple things and with my neurologist decided to discontinue. With Depakote weight gain was a big problem...no thanks! I've only been on the Zonegran a short time and am enjoying the steadiness in weight and migraine control. Simple lifestyle changes can make a world of difference in the body.
Every medication affects people differently (hence the extreme population of drugs on the market) so disuss your concerns with your Md, do your homework and give feedback!

KatieEatsWell
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   Posted 8/15/2010 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Dr. Armani brings out a very important point. I suffered with excruciating and debilitating migraines for most of my life, until I made the association with artificial sweeteners. Aspartame (aka "Nutrasweet") was the cause of ALL of my migraines, and as soon as I stopped consuming it, my migraines disappeared completely! Read the labels on everything you put into your mouth. Some products that contain sugar also contain aspartame (like chewing gum!) If you see this warning on a package label: "Phenylketonurics - contains phenylalanine," the product likely contains aspartame. Also beware of newer artificial sweeteners like Splenda. The bottom line is this: aspartame has been associated with hundreds of health issues including blindness and even death. It's a drug, which through political maneuvering, has been mislabeled as a food additive, and as evidenced by tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of consumer complaints to the FDA, is toxic. I would no more trust any other artificial sweetener to be any less health damaging.

momof4andahalf
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   Posted 8/16/2010 7:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I tried topomax but honestly I didnt like the way it made my food taste. The fact that it took 6 months to get in my system was not worth it to me. I now just take 100mg of immitrex on onset and it works wonders
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