BZP, Migraine Preventers, and 5HTP Supplement

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   Posted 7/6/2011 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for taking the time to read my question.

Six months ago I (very, very foolishly) took a BZP-based, so-called 'party pill'. 1-Benzylpiperazine (BZP) has a peripheral sympathomimetic action and a complex central action, both directly and indirectly acting upon on all monoamine. On top of a central and probably peripheral amphetamine-like action, BZP is thought to be an agonist of the 5-HT2B receptor. Mild 'hangover' headaches are reported in the limited literature on this drug, but nothing more. I briefly developed a severe headache that night, which passed. A few days later, however, I began to experience an unremitting, tension/pressure-headache that is bilateral, non-pulstating, and ever-present. Six months later it is still there: unremitting, chronic painVIEW IMAGE. It can vary in intensity but never goes away. I am a 35-year old man with no history of headaches and am otherwise healthy. My MRI showed no structural abnormalities.

My neurologist has diagnosed a migraine-type headache and, as is standard, recommended that all OTC medication cease (I was not taking too many in any case). He is, again as protocol dictates, moving through the standard array of prophylactics. As amitrlyline (25 mg) had no efficacy as a preventer, he has prescribed an anti-convulsant: epilim chrono. I am at 600mg per day. No efficacy to date. He has also suggested an IV infusion of DHE to try to 'break' the headache cycle. Like many people, I am increasingly skeptical of the efficacy of preventers but understand the logic behind the curtailment of abortives.

I have two questions: (1) Has anyone any comment on an alternative potential response to this problem given what would appear to be a clear cause? (2) Is it safe to take a 5HTP supplement while also taking epilim chrono?

Thank you again for your time and efforts.

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   Posted 7/9/2011 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know the answer to your question but I wanted to say I'm sorry you are dealing with such a prolonged migraine with no relief yet. Have you asked your doc that question?
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