Hello. I have SEVERE migraines at least 3 times a week, and headaches daily. Does anyone know of a good medication that will work for Migraines besides Topomax? I cannot take it, as there are side effects that are dangerous to me.
Depending on the kind of migraines you get, you need to investigate the medications. The ones I have dealt with my doctor confirmed are both migraines and cluster headaches. She gave me Amitriptyline, to take one every night. It is actually an antidepressant, but taken in low dosage, also treats severe headaches and assists with good sleeping. Mine is a 25 mg. I also take Singulair, which is for Allergies, but my doctor told me that allergies can bring on very bad headaches as well. I noticed that when I began both these medicines, my headaches decreased drastically. Before I started them, I got bad headaches that caused me to vomit, faint, and stay in bed for three days at a time. These happened twice or three times a month. Now, after taking my medicines for a year, I still get headaches sometimes, but not nearly as bad. I have not had a cluster headache since a year ago, and my migraines have decreased. The last headache was a mild stress headache a month ago.
I have had severe headaches since i was about 13. I am now 25 and still suffer, up to about 2 months ago. I have heard the humidifiers help-- they add moisture to the air that it not there, possibly being that the air is too dry, which is the case in my house.
The humidifier took my heaches away almost totally!!! We put it on everynight before we sleep and it sits on my headboard above us. I reccomend this to ALL my friends!
Please try this before you try any type of medication for it! if you try it, message me in a few weeks and tell me how it goes!!!
Ask about trileptal! I have been experiencing chronic migraines for > 20 years now, and until trileptal, no other preventative meds have helped. I currently use Imitrex and/or Maxalt (generic, of course) for migraine attacks, but was often running out of meds before I was able to refill (lovely insurance companies dictating how many days one can have relief from pain). Although I had heard good things about maxalt, I am unable to use it d/t some other health concerns. I am currently taking 300 mg, 2x/day. I started at 150 and after receiving some benefit, decided along w/ my neurologist to increase the dose to 300 mg 2x/day. This dose has significantly reduced my # of h/a days per month as well as reducing the number of intractable h/z per month. (the kind that does not respond to treatment). Although I have experienced a few SE's such as decreased appetite and nervousness, they have lessened over time and neither were nearly as incapacitating as having a mad migraine.
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