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Nichole28
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   Posted 6/25/2008 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I was just diagnosed yesterday with Complicated Migraines, after being in the hospital 3 months ago with stroke like symptoms. It is so nice to finally have a answer as to what has been going on with me. I was passed off in the hospital as a crazy person who was just making it up and doing it to myself. So after 3 long months it is SOOOOO nice to FINALLY have a dr who believes me and knows what is going on. He perscribed me 3 kinds of medication though I am not sure of the names, well I know one is maxalt and the one I will be taking every day is an anti depressant used for treating migraines. Any advice would be great I am really hoping the meds work as my life has been miserable with these headaches. A little about me I am 28 years old and the mother of 2 kids, I live in CA.

Annuk
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   Posted 6/25/2008 12:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Nichole,

Welcome to Healing Well. It is so good to hear good news that someone is getting the diagnosis and treatment that they need! Is it Amitriptyline that you have been given? I hope these work for you, please let us know how you get on?

take care

Ann
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Nichole28
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   Posted 6/25/2008 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the welcome!!! I finally picked up my meds from the pharmacy and they put me on Pamelor 25 mg Maxalt 10mg and Frova 2.5 mg. Anyone ever use these before?? The Pamelor is to be taken every day, the others are to be taken as needed.

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   Posted 6/26/2008 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Nichole,

Maxalt and Frova are both triptans. You can only take 2 of either in any 24hrs, you must not exceed this dose. Now if you have had Maxalt and then think you will try Frova in any 24hrs this is not safe, you must not mix your triptans!

The Triptans are abortive medication which you take to stop an attack once it has started. Maxalt has a short half-life (the amount of time it stays in your body after it has worked) but Frova has a half-life of up to 26 hours so can be a good one to keep you pain free for some time after your attack, especially if you have an important occasion the next day that you want to be well for!! However, if taken too often Frova can lose some effectiveness. Frova can also be very slow to take effect. Maxalt usually has a faster result.

Hope this helps, take care

Ann
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Nichole28
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   Posted 6/26/2008 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok thanks for the words of wisdom, my dr told me I could take the Maxalt and the Frova together good to know I shouldn't last thing I need is more issues. Thanks again :)

Sanguine
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   Posted 6/27/2008 6:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Triptans prescribed for someone having stroke like symptoms... I thought that was contraindicated.

Nichole28
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   Posted 6/28/2008 6:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I have no idea about any of this stuff, is it not safe for me to be taking these meds?? So far I have only taken the one Maxalt. They ruled out a stroke and the neuro I saw on tuesday said it was caused by my headaches. I have tried doing some research on complicated migraines but there isn't much out there it keeps sending me to other forums not actual info.
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