If you suffer from migraines, please list drugs/other that help!

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Britain, Mar 8, 2005.

  1. Britain

    Britain New Member

    Hi everyone,

    I am a chronic daily headache sufferer of 2+ years now and have tried sooooo many things. Any suggestions would be great so I can take them to my doc.

    I'm on Amerge, Soma, Depakote, and Klonopin now.

  2. AmandaW

    AmandaW New Member

    First my rheumatologist prescribed Hydrocodone (a narcotic painkiller) for them.

    Then they got really bad... my HEENT doctor referred me to a neurologist, who diagnosed me with these exact words: "You have a very long neck."

    I wanted to laugh at him! But apparently my neck is so long (it is!) and the muscles in it are underdeveloped from the FM, and so they hurt really bad trying to hold up my head, and the pain radiates up into my head which causes the headaches, which are aggavated by light, noise etc. and get really bad.

    He referred me to physical therapy, which included 20 minutes of heat on my back and shoulders and neck (it felt soooooo good), a massage (even better!) and then exercise.

    I used a lateral pull machine for about 60% of my exercising, the rest I used those huge colored rubber bands (for resistance) and free weights (dumbbells). On the lat pull I had to take all the weights off at first just to be able to use it!

    But over time with their guidance I got a LOT better, and stopped having my migraines almost altogether. Then my doctor prescribed me Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) which eliminated most of my muscle spasms and helped with my neck strain a LOT.

    Now I'm on Pregabalin only, and that doesn't help the spasms quite as much as the Flexeril but a LOT more than nothing! It helps a LOT more with the pain, though! With exercise and just those meds I'm headache-free as long as I make sure not to strain my neck really bad.

    Best wishes to all of you.

  3. cjcookie

    cjcookie New Member

    and I do mean years, it came down to this. I take Inderal every day to help prevent migraines. It is actually a blood pressure med that they use as a preventative. Then, when I feel one coming on, I take Vicodin and an anti-nausea medication. When it gets so bad that I am vomiting and can't move, I add a strong muscle relaxer.

    I used to have to go to the emergency room at least twice a month and basically all they would do is give me something to knock me out and send me out in a wheel chair with that little emisis basin so I wouldn't throw up all over myself.

    I tried imitrex and various migraine "cures" but nothing worked for long.
  4. pooped

    pooped New Member

    When I get a migraine I take one of these. If in 1 hour the headache has not gone away, and usually it has, I take one more and usually within 20 minutes or so, no more migraine.
  5. deelite127

    deelite127 New Member

    my son was in inderal for years & it didn't help him. my doctor put me on Maxalt 10mg 1 once a day & they have been working great. give it a try, it can't hurt

  6. KMD90603

    KMD90603 New Member

    I recently took myself off of all my medications, but I wanted to respond to you. I suffer from migraines, and my neurologist put me on an anti-seizure medication called Topamax. Some people love it and some people cannot stand it, but I found it to be the greatest medicine ever. It limited my migraines to MAYBE once every 3 or 4 weeks, as opposed to 2 or 3 times per week. The thing with Topamax is that you have to start out at the lowest dosage and SLOWLY work your way up to a dose that works for you. If you go to fast, you'll notice alot of the bad side effects. However, if you go slow, you may notice some side effects for a couple weeks after increasing the dosage, but the side effects should go away.

    Hope this helps.

  7. danaroo

    danaroo New Member

    but now that i am on flexeril at night i get fewer. When i feel myself getting one I take Midrin. It works. :)
  8. bigmh

    bigmh New Member

    I have tried everything...from meds, to biofeedback, to botox, and no preventative works. Maxalt (10 mg) and Naproxen (550 mg) together do a pretty good job of knocking them out, and occasionally I use Imitrex injections (which don't seem to be working any more). Good luck....bmh
  9. Britain

    Britain New Member

    I can't believe I've been doing this long enough to have tried all of these except one -- the F one (fibro fog here). I did think of something, though, and that is that my headaches did seem to go to daily when I went from flexeril to Zanaflex. Now the Soma does nothing.

    Maybe I should go back to flexeril? I can't remember the drawbacks. Anyone know??

  10. malgal

    malgal Member

    Hi- I have taken Cafergot (ergotamine) for migraines for many years. It's cheaper and safer (I believe) than Imitrex.
    It is a rather antiquated drug and can be difficult for some pharmacists to find, but it works quickly and rids me of the headache entirely within 1-2 hours.
    Good luck, Malgal
  11. pam_d

    pam_d New Member

    Maxalt has been a wonder drug for me. It is a triptan-type drug, like Immitrex, and unfortunately, isn't really meant for daily use. Mine occur about every 3-4 weeks, but last several days. Without Maxalt, I couldn't hold a job. With it, I can honestly say I've never had to leave work or call in sick due to a migraine---it works that well for me.

    Have you consulted a pain specialist (specifically asking for one who treats migraine/headache pain) or a neurologist yet? Perhaps you've already been down that road, but I'd seek some further specialized help. It seems you SHOULD be able to get a real diagnosis for severe daily pain like this, and then some plan of action, with all the newer drugs/treatments out there. I think hormones play a huge role; I'm perimenopausal, and I'm getting these migraines at exactly the same age my mother did....hers didn't last forever, and I'm hoping as I get thru menopause (which can last years) they tend to get less frequent.

    Good luck, I know how horrible these headaches can be. while I don't get them daily like you do, when I DO get a migraine, it's excruciating & causes nausea, light sensitivity, etc. YUCK!

    Hope you get some relief!

  12. PJILL

    PJILL New Member

    your history sounds like mine. but i am interested in that magnesium your mentioning. how much and how often? thanks for the info .
  13. fivesue

    fivesue New Member

    For a time, all I had was aspirin, and that didn't work. Then Vicodin which was iffy. Then some other kind of pills that would stop the headache before it really got going. Forget what they were. Then alone came Maxalt and Zomig and they work well for me. I take Zomig 5 mg. now when I know it's a migraine.

    I also take a beta blocker for high blood pressure with the added bonus of helping keep migraines at bay. If my antidepressant is working, it also helps.

    Lots of things so you don't have to live with it or go to the ER for a shot, etc.

    Best wishes!

  14. nanna4550

    nanna4550 New Member

    I use Midrin (generic Epidrin) It works very well for me and its an old medication so very cheap. If I catch the migrane early I only take one and if I don't catch it early I take 2 and go into a dark room and lay down for as long as it takes, usually a few hours.
    It's nice to have something that really works.
  15. GARY700

    GARY700 New Member

    Hi Brit I have been on topamax for about six months with great results.I've gone from daily migraines to maybe one or two a week. Big improvement.Still waiting for the day with no headache but thankful for the inprovment. Gary
  16. weencie

    weencie New Member

    I take replax 40 mg. This is fairly new to the market and works great. I have tried imitrex, but did not get enough relief. I take it as soon as I feel one coming on and replax usually works within an hour.I can continue to work, which is the best part. If after one pill you do not have relief, you are able to take a second one, but no more than two within 24 hours. I have only had to take two, two times. This works every time for me- Good Luck!!!
  17. lenasvn

    lenasvn New Member

    I suffered from Migraines since age 3. I take the migraine medication Imitrex when an attack is coming on, it is the best from my experience.
  18. Lindy2

    Lindy2 New Member

    I too suffer from chronic headaches and migraines. I always use to think my chronic headaches were a migraine until a few years ago a migraine proved me wrong.

    Have you had your blood pressure checked? This could cause daily headaches if you have high blood pressure.

    I have found that Fiorinal works great at relieving all kinds of headaches. It does contain aspirin/fenobarbital and caffeine but it's combined into a compound tablet.

    There is also Fioricet that contains Tylenol instead of Aspirin but I never had any luck with this one.

    Maxalt works too but my pharmacist warned me not to use often.

    I also put a cold ice bag on my forehead and sleep for hours.


    [This Message was Edited on 12/02/2005]
  19. nonnie1967

    nonnie1967 New Member

    I've had migraines for many years and have tried many medications. One thing I would say is that if you're in your childbearing years, you probably don't want to take feverfew as a preventative. One of its effects has been to induce contractions/miscarriage in pregnant women. :-(

    Also, ergotamines are not a good choice for women who are pregnant or who might become pregnant, or for nursing mothers. They have caused birth defects. Ergotamines include drugs like Cafergot and Migranal.

    If childbearing is not an issue, Migranal has been a pretty effective med for me, and it is cheap compared to the triptans. :)

    Zomig is my "gold standard" for a major migraine, however. Nothing works like it does. And I recommend the nasal spray version - it works very quickly and you can use it even when you're nauseous.

    When I have a pre-menstrual migraine and even the Zomig doesn't quite cut it, I add Vicodin to the mix and go to bed if I can. Usually, I just have to wait it out because it won't completely go away for a couple of days. :-(

    As far as preventatives, I took propranolol for about a year and it worked well. The doctor took me off it because, he said, they don't like to keep you on it too long. After I moved to a new city, a couple of years later my new doc put me back on it and it didn't work at all. Nothing else worked either until he put me on Topamax. That drastically reduced the frequency and severity of my migraines until about 6-8 months ago. They are still less severe (they used to literally blind me with pain) but I am back to getting 10-12/month, even though we've upped my dose from 100 mg. to 200 mg. per day. I won't go off it, though, as I don't want to go back to the severity I had before....

    I wish you success in finding something that helps you. :) I know how miserable migraines can be. Take care & good luck!

  20. cczub

    cczub New Member

    Has worked for me for the last 6 months.... I get headache about 4 times a week and 2 pills work for me in about 1/2 time!

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