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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 7/25/2006 8:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi neuro has been having me take verapamil for several months and has recently upped the dosage as a preventative. (I'm still having almost as many migraines as before) Anyone have luck with this stuff? Also, I have gained some weight that I just can't lose during this time. Anyone else have this problem on verapamil?

Thanks confused

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 7/27/2006 8:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been taking Verapamil as well as Topamax and Nortriptyline. I have noticed that while everyone else has lost weight with Topamax I haven't lost any, only gained and cannot lose it. The Combo has helped me a lot though. the past week has been rough though. I think its b.c I just had several surgeries and the pain meds. are causing the h/a's. usually a BP med alone doesn't help too much as a prevent. but with something else may help a lot. Hope it works for you. Ang

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 7/27/2006 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Ang, for your help. I am really struggling here with hormonal migraines as well as all those in between that hit for no rhyme or reason. I worry about the daily Frova I have taken for the past 2 or 3 weeks. It is nice to hear from others as to what works for them. I will talk to my neuro concerning the Verapamil alone as a prevent. But after reading previous posts from this website I have to say Topamax worries me. Hope you have a better week. jeb

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 7/29/2006 2:10 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Everyone

Verapamil has made my life worth while.  I suffered for years with migrains. There every morning when I woke up. I had to set my alarm clock an hour and a half early, take a pill and then lay back down just to go to work. At the worst, I had to go to the hospital and get a shot.  A doctor at Cleveland Clinic told me I should take a beta blocker. Later it was discovered that I had an irregular heartbeat. I was put on verapamil , now I am on 360 mg. One pill morning, and a half at night.  I also go to bed the same time every night and just as important, get up the same time each day. No sleeping in, trying to catch on on sleep. Eat a good breakfast, when you get up, an egg, toast, juice, one cup coffee. Eat lunch, Not a sweet roll out of a machine, but a tuna sandwich, salad. Eat a good balanced dinner.  Get at least a half hours exercise each day, walking is great. Try to stay off over the counter pain meds. they will cause rebound headaches. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, I drink an extra glass if I even think I feel a headache coming.The brain is mostly water, it does not like to be dehydrated. My headaches did not stop suddenly, it took time, but now it is a pleasure to wake up, my life is great. There is life after migrain.

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Date Joined Jan 2006
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   Posted 7/29/2006 3:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jeb,

Just a word of warning, if taken too frequently Frova can make migraines worse!! Please see your Neuro about this before it becomes a problem for you!

take care Ann
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