anti-depressants and triptans (for migraine)

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hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 11/14/2006 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, I'm feeling a little scared and anxious now as I have read a post about combining these drugs.  I did a google search and it warns that this combo can be fatal.  I am suffering with depression (recovering from MAJOR depression) and I get chronic migraine, can't take the preventatives and narcotics don't work for my migraines.  Is anybody else out there taking a combo like this?  I also read that "serotonin syndrome" is when SSRI and other anit-d's are used together.  I don't have the symptoms but I don't like to think what I could be doing to my body.  On the other hand, depression can kill too.  Please help if you can.

Talk2Kel 
DX: chronic migraine, cervical degeneration, depression/anxiety 
RX: Wellbutrin, Lexapro, Soma, Immitrex 
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   Posted 11/15/2006 7:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hun I have not got enough knowedge to give you a straight answer on this I am sure you should really talk to your doc though about it before you do anything
I dont usally google too many meds I get worse after lol
I hope you find out and post and let us know
You take care
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   Posted 11/15/2006 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Wish I had an answer for you. All I can say is to bring the concern to your doc. Hope someone can help ya out.
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   Posted 11/15/2006 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I dont know either. In fact I never heard of serotonin syndrome but I am thinhking about googling it but it might freak me out to much and so I am not sure to or not to. But I would call your doctor and talk to them about about it, One time I was afraid of mixing a couple meds and I called the guy who filled my meds at the drug store and he gave me a lot of info on what I could take with it and what I could not. But make sure to go ahead and call your doctor!

hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 11/15/2006 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, everyone for your replies.  Back to the doc I go... confused
Talk2Kel 
DX: chronic migraine, cervical degeneration, depression/anxiety 
RX: Wellbutrin, Lexapro, Soma, Immitrex 
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jordaNZone
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   Posted 11/16/2006 2:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi hopeful..worried I am responsible for all this worry by recommending you read the migraine article..

Maree

hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 11/16/2006 2:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Maree, please don't worry.  You are such a sweetheart.  Actually, I'm not really worried about it.  I just need to discuss it with my docs.  I don't think their is a problem but part of the reason I am on these forums is to become educated about my health.  The other part is to be supported and to support others.  Now go pet your kitty and relax. :-)
Talk2Kel 
DX: chronic migraine, cervical degeneration, depression/anxiety 
RX: Wellbutrin, Lexapro, Soma, Immitrex 
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shell67
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   Posted 11/16/2006 8:00 AM (GMT -6)   
hi hopeful, i wish i could tell you more too, although i have h orrible migraines, and take a few diff meds for them, i dont take an ssri, so i cant help much, but my thoughts and prayers are with you and keep your head up, i hope the doc makes you feel better about taking them, and keep us posted, god bless you and huge hugs
shell
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   Posted 11/16/2006 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   

Howdy,

My anti-depressants are SSRI(s).  They don't mix well with the TRIPTAN family of migraine abortives.  I don't know if all of the the triptans are incompatible, but I went to see a new neurologist and he prescribed a triptan (even though they don't work on me or make me feel worse than the migraine) that had a major interaction problem with one of my SSRI's.  I don't think he even looked at my medication list.  I picked up the prescription and did some research on it, and if I had taken it, I probably would have died from cardiac arrest.  I would always recommend checking out the compatibilty of medications on your own, because Doctors and Pharmacists can and do miss interaction problems.  I keep two different Pill books on hand to research any new medications I am written.  Better safe than sorry.  My problem now is that the migraine medications that work for me are narcotic in nature, and my regular doctor won't prescribe them now, because one of the other doctors decided I had been taking them too long.  Instead of being referred to a "pain clinic" as I was told, I was actually referred to a "detox program" for major, cocaine, crack, and heroin addicts.  Boy was I pissed that I was lied to.  I tried to get an appointment for two months, but then the Director stopped returning my calls.  I guess he figured since I was cut off cold turkey, I had already detoxed and no longer needed an appointment.  I'm switching to a new neurologist and pain clinic to try to get my migraines back in check.

Good luck and let us know how things go!

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hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 11/16/2006 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Leigh Ann, I've been following your story -- so sorry that you are going through this with the doctors. I used to take xanax occasionally - never excessively - even LESS than prescribed but suddenly the PCP who took over for my old PCP said that he wouldn't prescribe the xanax and to go to the psychiatrist. She said quote "I don't prescribe benzos." I had to get through a pretty rough time as a result. Anyway, narcotics do not help my migraines. I can take vicodin and it would do NOTHING. I guess everybodys chemistry is different but I do need to talk to the neuro about this med cocktail for depression and migraine. I'm so overwhelmed right now looking for a job, I've had migraines and bac neck pain -- I'm as tense as a flag pole and I don't have time to go to the doc. For now, I'm trying to take as little as possible. I might need to try another type of narcotic but that has a whole different set of problems. Thanks for your input. Take care.
Talk2Kel 
DX: chronic migraine, cervical degeneration, depression/anxiety 
RX: Wellbutrin, Lexapro, Soma, Immitrex 
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