Triptans vs. narcotics

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hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 10/30/2006 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, I am a chronic migrainer.  I have been on State disability for 11 months now.  I have 1 month to become employed or I will have no paycheck whatsoever.  I am really anxious and scared about going back to full-time corporate employment while suffering near daily migraines.  I have taken 3 different class preventatives which did not work.  I take Immitrex to abort the migraine.  It can take up to 4 hours to go away and usually will come back. 
 
My question is for those of you who graduated from triptans to narcotics.
 
1)  Does it abort the pain faster?
2)  Are the side effects such that you could continue working or do they knock you out?
3)  How did you get to this point with your doctor? 
 
Your replies will be much appreciated.
 
Talk2Kel 
DX: chronic migraine, cervical degeneration, depression/anxiety 
RX: Wellbutrin, Lexapro, Soma, Immitrex 
"You don't find out that God is all you've got until God is all you've got."


Annuk
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   Posted 10/30/2006 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Hopeful,

I have taken both narcotics and triptans. The triptan was by far the more effective drug as the narcotic meds just caused rebounds and Chronic Daily Headache for me. I do not want to go there again!!!

Hope this helps

take care

Ann

hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 10/30/2006 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Anne. The only narcotic that I have tried is Vicodin and to be honest it did nothing for my migraine. My neurologist made a comment once about morphine. I thought he was joking but after reading everyones posts I have noticed that most peeps are taking narcotics. How long does your triptan usually take to abort the migraine? I ask because I'm worried about working/functioning with them.
Talk2Kel 
DX: chronic migraine, cervical degeneration, depression/anxiety 
RX: Wellbutrin, Lexapro, Soma, Immitrex 
"You don't find out that God is all you've got until God is all you've got."


Ernest•Gobemouche
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   Posted 4/16/2016 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Opiates are not effective for neurological pain and can even give you a headache. What I have found to be effective is Sumatriptan Succinate injectable, a triptan. It is recommended for both cluster and migraine headaches, (I get cluster headaches). For me, it has been 100% effective, and my headache is gone in, like, five minutes. YMMV. It comes in a "pen" setup, like you sometimes see for insulin, so it's fast, easy, and a pre-measured dose. If you haven't tried it, as the commercials say: Ask your doctor about Sumatriptan Succinate injectable.
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