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   Posted 1/9/2015 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone,
I may have posted here years ago; I typically frequent the UC forum. I have suffered my whole life with migraines, and currently use propranolol as a preventive med. and Axert as an abortive med. Because I now have to meet a deductible with my prescriptions, I'm having to pay out of pocket for the Axert and holy cow is it expensive. There is no generic, so I was thinking of trying a different triptan that is either generic or just simply less expensive.

Does anyone have any experience with Axert AND with other triptans, in terms of side effects/effectiveness? I know that everyone is different, but the Axert has typically worked on MOST of my headaches with minimal side effects. I'm a little afraid to try something new, not necessarily because it won't work, but because there may be worse side effects.

I was thinking of possibly trying Amerge or Imitrex if they are less or generic. Does anyone have any advice?

Thanks so much in advance.

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   Posted 1/10/2015 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Axert didn't work for me at all. I had good luck with zomig, maybe it's covered and worth trying. All those meds were pretty expensive for me with my insurance. A lot of them do offer coupons and copay plans. Did you look for any?

it looks like they also have PAP but that's usually for uninsured

Maxalt and frova are others you could try. it's the worst when something works well for you and your insurance won't cover it... :( How often are you taking them? My neuro would give me a lot of samples and they would last a while.
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   Posted 1/24/2015 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
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'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
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