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tysmyboo
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   Posted 5/14/2005 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   

This is just a quick list of a few things I have tried (some I have not) and you may ask the doctor about some of these or do a little internet research on your own.

Anti-depressants/SSRI: Wellbutrin, Zoloft, Prozac, Lexapro, Amitriptyline (Elavil), Noritriptyline (Pamelor), Norpramin, Sinequan, Tofranil, Paxil, Effexor, Cymbalta

Anti-Seizure: Topamax, Neurontin, Depakote

Beta Blockers: Atenolol, Metoprolol/Lopressor, Nadolol/Corgard, Propranolol/Inderal, Blocadren
 
Calcium Channel Blockers: Cardizem, Cardene, Procardia, Nimotop, Verapamil/Calan

Triptans: Amerge, Axert, Frova, Imitrex, Maxalt, Relpax, Zomig (Oral Tablets, Nasal Sprays and Injections)

Anti-inflamatory: Cataflam, Toradol, Corticosteroids

Ergots: Ergotamine, DHE Dihydroergotamie, Migranal
 
Others: Midrin, Duradrin
 
Alternative options: Chiropractic, Botox, Biofeedback, Massage Therapy, Nerve Blocks, Accupuncture
 
Vitamin/Herbal options: Magnesium, Feverfew, Ginger, Riboflavin
 
Anti-nausea: Phenergan, Tigan, Compazine, Thorazine, Reglan and Zofran
 
Ok, well that is a list I have put together. There are literally hundreds of combinations-and they all work differently for different people.  I always do research on meds before seeing my doc. so I have an idea of what is available and possible side effects.
 
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tysmyboo
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   Posted 5/14/2005 9:37 PM (GMT -7)   
~*~New~*~
 
First migraine abortive over-the-counter medication. Gel-Stat Migraine is a sublingual (under the tongue) medication that consists of liquid Ginger and Feverfew.
 
I have yet to try it myself, but have heard rave reviews when taken at the first sign of migraine.
 
Anyone tried this? What were your results? Was it taken at the first sign of migraine? How was the taste? Any side effects?
 
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Ashley100
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   Posted 5/15/2005 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey girl I did take it and it worked well for me the only side efects is that it makes you a little natious and the taste is really bad at least I thought so. But since it did work I now take which you know the Ginger and Feverfew pills one of each a day and my pain for the most part is gone. I only have pain once in awhile and only bad pain like once in a blue moon so it does help me. I know that it is not a cure but it has helped me in many ways. And I know that not everything works the same for everyone else I just wanted to reply to help out with this medication. Well if there are anymore questions just ask. Take care, to pain free days and nights.
Your friend, Ashley

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   Posted 8/10/2005 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
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Nicky (coquitlam55)
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   Posted 8/11/2005 9:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sara,
 
In your list you include Botox. Did you have any negative side effects>
 
The reason that I ask is that I have had a headache for over a week. The doctor gave me a cocktail remedy on Tuesday which fixed it for about a day and its back. He says the muscles in my forehead are spasming. The same muscles that are paralyzed with the Botox. I go back to the neurologist in two weeks but wondered if you had experienced or heard of this as a side effect of the Botox.
 
Thanks!
 
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tysmyboo
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   Posted 8/12/2005 8:41 PM (GMT -7)   

I personally did not have Botox as it was not covered by my insurance and could not afford it at the time...I will see what kind of information I can find regarding that for you.

Keep checking back!

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hol1234
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   Posted 8/15/2005 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Can anyone tell me how long it took you to feel normal after you stopped taking topamax?
I feel really wierd, out of it and in a terrible mood. When will it go away??!!!

tysmyboo
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   Posted 8/15/2005 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
hol1234-
 
How long have you been off of Topamax? did you slowly taper down? it generally take a few weeks for all the medication to be out of your system. Are you taking any other medication? This will also affect the amount of time that it will take for your body to re-adjust and for you to return to your "pre-Topamax" self. Please let us know how things are going.
 
Are you starting a new preventative medication. If so, what is it? Are you under a doctor's supervision?
 
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tysmyboo
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   Posted 8/15/2005 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Coquitlam55-
 
I have heard mixed reviews on Botox-a lot of people with tension type headaches and spasms such as yours have good results.
 
The main side effect is generally lack of ability to move areas where the injections were (like making facial expressions, etc.) This generally does not last very long..a few hours to two days max. The most important things are as always to find a doctor who is experienced, board certified and talk to actual patients-get personal references...feel comfortable with them before having anything done!
 
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hol1234
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   Posted 8/15/2005 7:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Sara,
I stoped taking it abruptly, as advised by my doctor. I am not taking anything else and it has been 6 days.
Today was the worst. I just don't feel myself. Has anyone else experienced this?

Personally, I hope to never have to take a drug like this again. (keeping my fingers crossed)

tysmyboo
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   Posted 8/15/2005 7:38 PM (GMT -7)   

UPDATE-

I have taken GelStat Migraine...it worked well on a (1-4) migraine and cut the pain down a notch or two on a high rated one...I would also suggest it if you are out and need to be functional, you can take this medication without feeling "knocked out" or "hungover"

It's the only one of its kind, non-prescription migraine abortive!!!


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CRANKY 1
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   Posted 8/16/2005 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
This is my first post, but I just wanted to add that I think I've tried just about everything on the list. I'm now trying topomax(rather be stupid than in pain), and if a headache starts, I hit it right away with a blast or two of Stadol, which is a narcotic nasal spray. If I don't catch if quickly, a trip to the ER is the only option for me. I have had migraines all my life, which were just a minor inconvenience, but starting last January, most days are headache days. I'm never completely pain free. I've been to pain clinics, neurologists, and the only person willing to prescribe the Stadol NS is my nurse practitioner. Geez, I wish all doctors had to have migraines so they would get it.

Jest a thought,
Leigh Ann

Nicky (coquitlam55)
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   Posted 8/16/2005 8:25 PM (GMT -7)   

hol1234

I have terrible times coming off anti epileptics quickly. I found coming off one over a week had a serious effect. It took me a month. When I felt horrible I went back to the doctor who put me back on the medication and had me come off it slowly. I find that Topamax affects me the most of the medications I have tried so I have to make changes very slowly. It's taken me a couple of months to adjust to 75 mg.

Good luck!


 
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Nicky (coquitlam55)
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   Posted 8/16/2005 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Sara for the information on the Botox. I haven't had any problems with it. I do have areas that I can't move, but that's to be expected and it's my forehead, not an area I need to move. My concern is that the muscles in spasm are the ones that were injected with Botox. I'm worried that as the Botox wears off I'm getting a different type of headache. I want to be sure I'm not creating another type of headache. I think the Botox has been successful because I think I'm getting a lot less migraines, but am recently getting these muscle / tension headaches.

 
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   Posted 8/16/2005 8:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Keep in touch and let me know. I am not the Botox expert...sorry... sad
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   Posted 10/30/2005 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
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tymaboy
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   Posted 10/30/2005 10:54 AM (GMT -7)   
tysmyboo- I know that you really like topamax & yu seem to know alot about the it. I have been it on since Aug. I am 75mg. I have been on this dose for over a month now & it is working well for me but lately I have been have small headaches & an upset stomach. I am not sure if this is from the meds. I have heard some people say that after they have been on it for awhile that they get headaches again & that their side effects never really go away. Well I never had the upset stomach side effect before But was not sure if the small headaches were a possable concern. They don't last long, that is why I have not upped my dose but wasn't sure if this is a sign that I may need to in the near future. It could also be a part of the flu that is going around here, either way I am happy with the results of the topamax. I do not miss those nasty migrains.

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philski
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   Posted 2/3/2006 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   
The only thing I can say about topamax is take it slow, going up or down. 25mg/week; up or down. Jumping abruptly either way seems to cause problems with people.
Myself, I have not experianced any of the bad side effects, but I have always been very careful not to bump my dose by more than 25 mg/week. Now that's not to say that some people won't have side effects regardless; but some people cause problems for themselves by jumping the gun and taking too much too quickly or stopping it altogether.

I did have the experiance of finding the "right dose" and having my migraines "under control" (which, for me, is defined as less than 5 days of head pain per month) for roughly 5 months and then all of a sudden my headaches started coming back. Don't know why. We bumped the topamax up 25mg and started fighting the severe headaches more aggressively (Imitrex injections) and things got a lot better.

Topamax was my silver bullet. I'll sing its praises. It doesn't work for everyone. But when it does work it works great.

Philski

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   Posted 4/18/2006 9:11 PM (GMT -7)   

Bump...

Everyone take a look at this list..let me know if I have missed anything as I am going to re-compile this list! It is about time...Its after midnight and I am getting a little "fuzzy-headed"

Botox, Namenda, Gel-Stat...

(I am looking for things that are specifically used to treat migraines...they dont have to be "on-label" just things that are commonly used....)

 


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