Hi, I am taking Effexor which is not one of the older trycyclic, however my neuro told me Effexor miminics those meds becauseit works on serotonin and norepephrine (sp?) not just serotonin like Zoloft and Paxil. In any event, it doesnt seem to be helping my headaches. I have had no luck with preventatives.
But as you know we are all different, so good luck to you and let us know how it works.
Interesting that Topamax can also affect eye pressures. . . Hopefulmigrainer, you asked what I'm taking now (I assume you mean as a preventive??). The only specific preventive I'm taking now (everything else I'm taking is abortive) is 5-HTP, to help my body produce more seratonin. I got the most helpful info about 5-HTP at www.wholehealthmd.com. (Go to "Reference Library", then "Supplements" - 5-HTP is just above the alphabetical list.) So far I can't say for sure that it's making a difference, but I have a sense it may be. Need to give it more time yet, and I'm only taking 50mg 2/day so far. . . (My chiropractic and physiotheraphy treatments on neck / shoulders would also be considered preventive, but there has never been any direct relief from those.)
(Hopefulmigrainer, did you also get the direct e-mail note I sent yesterday? I went into more detail there.)