Taking triptans

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Warren1
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   Posted 10/24/2013 7:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with migraine w/aura two years ago at the age of 59. I am a man. I was given Sumatriptan 50mg. They worked very well. I was getting the onset of the migraines about 5 times a year. Recently I went on a 14 day does of Alleve twice daily and when I stopped I woke up with a headache on the top of my head. I took a triptan and it went away. It happened again in the afternoon and I did the same thing with the same results. These two headaches did not have an aura. No headaches for a few days and then they came on again with no aura during the afternoon. Tried Excedrin Migraine and it worked for the new headaches. Last night I got a very powerful headache so I took a triptan. It resolved most of that headache but I was slightly hung over this morning and the headache is still there slightly. My question is can one take to many doses of triptan? I know it says no more than 2 in 24 hours but can one do it everyday when one is having a migraine spell? 2 a day everyday when in headache mode?

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   Posted 10/24/2013 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I know when I was having daily migraines, my neurologist recommended that I use a daily preventative. I am not sure if everything your experiencing requires a triptan, it sounds like you've done well with OTC medications as well. You may benefit from seeing your doctor and discussing your symptoms since the number of headaches has increased.
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Warren1
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   Posted 10/24/2013 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I have an appointment with a headache specialist next month. I was wondering what to do in the meantime. I am going to talk to the pharmacist today and get his opinion as well. I like this source though as it comes from people with life experiences.

Warren1
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   Posted 10/24/2013 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
One of my concerns was the fact that these new headaches do not have an aura involved like all the ones in the past. I was thinking that these new ones are not related and that they are a different type of headache. Either way the triptan seems to help with these new headaches that started last week. I wouldn't think that they would correct lets say a tension headache. Also Excedrin Migraine seems to relieve these new headaches. How that happens I don't understand as Excedrin does not help with the artery dilation like the triptan does. What am I missing since I do not have a long history with headaches to look back at? I believe that my migraines are related mostly to my computer screen viewing as the flicker rate or refresh rate could be a problem. I wonder if TV's do the same thing. Anyone have a problem with these issues? Any men on the board with migraines? Just curious.

Warren1
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   Posted 10/25/2013 7:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Another thing that I have noticed is I have ringing in the ears as the headache gets stronger. I figure someone will eventually respond to this post as they may have similar symptoms.
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