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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 7/8/2006 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
hi all-
just need to vent a moment. i take butabital-a lot-it is what taked the edge off while i am working and trying to function. i have found all the triptans make me need to go to bed. due to this-i have to take something while i need to function. i don't even take my percocet at work being that it makes me feel funny.
point being-my neuro gives me 30 a month-not enough when you do the math of 2 a day or every other day.
everytime i fill it early i get a call from the nurse "we really need to stop taking them so much" blah blah- way to make me feel like an addict!
my mom gets 160 a month w/ a different neuro who now is under investigation due to her high use of meds.
anyone else have similar issues w/their docs? i just don't get it-i know butabital is one of the high addictive catagory drugs but seriously-this is not something i would make up to get that drug-i mean there are plenty other drugs that make you feel much happier :) i get nothing from taking this drug other than relief for a few hours. what about people who take heavy duty pain killers everyday? do they get as much crap?
does anyone take anything other than triptans to help them? maybe i need to try something else (forget the aleve, excedrin etc-doesn't work)
just needed to vent-thanks for listening!

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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 1308
   Posted 7/8/2006 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi lilmoe,

I used to take a lot of over the counter meds as well as the triptan, but I do not any more because.........
yeah you guessed it, I was getting chronic daily headache from overuse of the meds - I might add that I always took these meds following the instructions on dosage to the letter!! I even said to my Neuro at the time that I was concerned that I was taking a lot of them, his answer was "you obviously need them!" so I continued..........until my sister made herself very unpopular by suggesting this was the cause of my suffering!!!!

At the end of the day I was taking these painkillers just to be able to function, but it was actually making the situation worse and I didn't realise it, so I can quite understand you frustration lilmoe cos I felt the same thing!!....and shed a few tears over it too!!! Some of the meds I was taking were addictive and some were not but they all caused problems. I started by switching from an addictive med to a non-addictive one so I had some support to begin to wean myself off them, and I also had the pain covered too! This was after a locum Doc suggested that I took nothing including no triptan for a minimum of 14 days to flush my system out!!

So I tried, the next attack that came along was at a weekend so I chilled and took nothing!.......the pain increased throughout the day until my sister phoned the emergency doctor who told her to give me the triptan as to take that away was a little harsh! - so where ever possible from that moment on I took only the triptan slowly decreasing the other meds.

I have got to say that for me it was the best thing I ever did!!! Yes, I still get some very nasty attacks, but I also get more clear days in between!! I wish you well in whatever you decide to do, this is just my story. Please come back and vent again if you need to.

Take care Ann
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