i joined this forum just now. being the type of person who keeps on learning and trying things, i can perhaps share some of my 47-year long adventure in migraines.
i'm now 75 years old, and still working 30 hours/week. because i MUST. and i'm very grateful that i've hit upon the method which gets me out of bed and through life pretty successfully.
you asked about axert: here's my long history with triptan drugs. axert did nothing for me, and neither did 4 others of the total of 7 in this class.
i rely on maxalt and amerge. both are now generic. the hellish part for me is that they WORK, but the generics do not. (i've tried all of them available in this country). no insurance wants to pay for the brand names. so i'm stuck buying them from canada, which is still expensive but much less so.
right now i'm waiting for my first order of amerge (naratriptan) to arrive. we shall see if it really works.....it's made in turkey and shipped from somewhere in the middle of the pacific ocean. suspicious? yep.
for years and years i depended on free drugs from the companies who made them, because of my low income. also, i haunted my doctors' offices for samples, which they always tried to save for me.
now the rules are much tighter re: free drugs from merck (who makes maxalt) and glaxo smith-kline (who makes amerge). i have no idea what i'm going to do. i take these 2 drugs DAILY (alternating them). my heart is just fine, and i've never had a side effect in 23 years of taking the triptans. daily use didn't begin til about 10 years ago, when i was forced to do it, because nothing else worked.
here's what i know about maxalt and amerge. hopefully one of them will work for you, in the generic form. maxalt works faster. amerge takes a bit longer to kick in, but lasts longer. often i need 2 maxalts, taken 2 hours apart, to keep going during a day or night. amerge is usually just one pill needed.
hope this helps a little. dianne