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Posted By : jenagade - 8/13/2016 5:34 PM
My GP has again bought up the suggestion that I go on preventative medication for my migraines. The last Time out was discussed I refused because the only option I was given was to take amitriptyline and that would potentially mean decreasing or changing my current antidepressants which I won't do unless it's absolutely necessary because I have severe depression and anxiety that ruled my life for a decade and the current medication is the only one which has made things manageable. I told this to the Dr and she informed me that there were other options and suggested I try beta blockers. Is anyone else taking these for migraine prevention? What kind of side effects do they cause?

Posted By : BnotAfraid - 8/14/2016 9:36 AM
Yes, I was on Beta blockers for 4 years. They did help!

However, my body changed [?] and my blood pressure declined.
This in turn had the BB reduce the BP even more.

After a few events, I had to go off and try other meds that cause side effects.

I would try it if you do not have low BP or cardiac condition.

Peace Trina
Moderator - Depression
Be still and know there is Peace.

Kabir says: "Student tell me, what is God? He is the breath inside the breath". from the poem Breath.
DX: reverse Trigeminal Neuralgia;Cluster headaches; Atypical face pain;Hemicrania Continua; raynauds;complex PTSD; recurring MDD,disassociative disorder;

Posted By : jenagade - 8/14/2016 8:39 PM
Yeah thats what I'm concerned about, my blood pressure has always been on the lower side of normal, but I've got 2 other conditions (Raynauds and Graves) which could also benefit from beta blockers.

How long do they take to kick in? I've got a study break coming up soon and I figure if I'm going to give them a shot, that would be the best time to do it so its not as much as an impact if I do get any side effects
LPR, anxiety, depression, atypical migraines, diverticulitis.

Cholecystectomy 8 May 2015
Anterior fundoplication 4 Dec 2015

Posted By : BnotAfraid - 8/16/2016 11:55 AM
I have raynauds also, did not effect that condition.

Took about 3-5 days to see a noticable difference in the pain level.
I started and a very low dose and only went up twice. Can not remember the mg, though.

It was part of a combo with Cymbalta for depression.

Peace
Trina
Moderator - Depression
Be still and know there is Peace.

Kabir says: "Student tell me, what is God? He is the breath inside the breath". from the poem Breath.
DX: reverse Trigeminal Neuralgia;Cluster headaches; Atypical face pain;Hemicrania Continua; raynauds;complex PTSD; recurring MDD,disassociative disorder;

Posted By : jenagade - 9/5/2016 9:53 PM
I'm on venlafaxine for depression which is why I can't take amitryptaline for migraines. I might bring it up again with my GP, the migraines are getting a bit nuts again.
LPR, anxiety, depression, atypical migraines, diverticulitis.

Cholecystectomy 8 May 2015
Anterior fundoplication 4 Dec 2015

Posted By : Alive? - 9/12/2016 10:50 PM
I once suffered from cluster headaches. Excruciating pain that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. Calcium channel blockers worked for me. Not sure if it react with your other medications. I'm just trying to help. Check with you doctor, perhaps it will help you too.

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