D.C. asks from Minneapolis, MN on February 10, 2009
Migraine Preventative Medication
Have you had success with migraine preventative therapy? I have tried Topamax and Vivactil. Both gave me worsened asthma and so I am selectively looking for others to try. Please share your thoughts with any others you’ve tried – good/bad/ugly!
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You all are such a blessing! Thanks for sharing. I will try some of the suggestions.
E.L. answers from Dallas on February 10, 2009
S.L. answers from Dallas on February 10, 2009
i take topomax and verapamil, among other medicines in the past. i've had very good success with this combo.
L.F. answers from Dallas on February 10, 2009
I take Inderal, which is actually a blood pressure medication, but works for migraines as well. I started out on the lowest dose possible and that worked well for about 4 years, had to stop taking it while I was pregnant due to the class of medication, and after I went back on it (after 2 years off) I had to double the dose. Seems to work really well though and doesn't have a lot of the side effects as medications specifically for migraines.
T.L. answers from Dallas on February 10, 2009
I second the chiropractor!! I used to have migraines once a week. I went to a friend who is a chiropractor for back problems and was telling him about my migraines. Once I started having adjustments my migraines went away. I haven't had one in about 20 years.
M.D. answers from Dallas on February 10, 2009
Have you tried a chiropractor? It eliminates the need for scripts. My 7 yo DD has migraines and last time we saw a neurologist (2 months ago), he wanted to put her on a low dose of Prozac to prevent the migraines. I found that that is pretty common- but we said no- that is not something we want to do with our 7 yo. So, we tried taking her to the chiro. She has not had a headache since. She normally got small headaches 2-3 times a week and a big migraine 1-2 per month. Now, none! It is worth a try. Good luck!
K.H. answers from Dallas on February 10, 2009
I use maxalt for my migraines. I get auras so I know when I am getting a migraine. I take the maxalt, 2 rapid release tylenol and drink a caffienated drink. Although I still get a headache, I am able to function....Sometimes I get up to 4 a month then I will go several months without one. I have heard great things about the botox too! Keep us posted on what works for you! Good Luck
T.O. answers from Dallas on February 10, 2009
My friend gets Botox injections in her scalp for migraine prevention. She had many headaches each month... I'd say she lost 5 to 8 days each month to headaches and she'd tried everything.
Botox is not paid for by insurance, so she pays like $800 every 6 months. But for her it's worth it. If you lost 30 to 48 days of your life every 6 months, you might think about Botox injections too.
It's really worked for her.