MIGRAINE: What medication do you take?

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And things I read like this scare me:
Imitrex is either a wonder drug or absolutely horrible. For me it was a nightmare- I took one for a migraine and while it cured the headache (mostly), the side effects were WORSE. My head, jaw, throat, ear, chest- everything got tight, I had trouble breathing, I was sweating so badly I soaked my sheets, and i got extremely dizzy and nauseated. All this on one 50-mg dose! I took it 24 hours ago and I'm still having problems with tightness and aching in my neck and throat, and I'm feeling extremely lethargic. Worse, I'm getting a rebound headache. I wouldn't take Imitrex at all, except it's the only thing my insurance will cover.
And another said she had 2 heart attacks using it.

I have very high cholesterol (and I stopped taking the statins that made me weak) and worry about having a heart attack or stroke with these meds.

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And things I read like this scare me:
Imitrex is either a wonder drug or absolutely horrible. For me it was a nightmare- I took one for a migraine and while it cured the headache (mostly), the side effects were WORSE. My head, jaw, throat, ear, chest- everything got tight, I had trouble breathing, I was sweating so badly I soaked my sheets, and i got extremely dizzy and nauseated. All this on one 50-mg dose! I took it 24 hours ago and I'm still having problems with tightness and aching in my neck and throat, and I'm feeling extremely lethargic. Worse, I'm getting a rebound headache. I wouldn't take Imitrex at all, except it's the only thing my insurance will cover.
And another said she had 2 heart attacks using it.

I have very high cholesterol (and I stopped taking the statins that made me weak) and worry about having a heart attack or stroke with these meds.
Originally Posted by CurliLocks
Honestly, I wouldn't take it. That's how it made me feel. It's awful.

I've had episodes the last two mornings (lasting 10 minutes each) and today I finally broke down and took a Fioricet. I'm convinced it's either diet or seasonal allergies. I'm going to start taking Claritin today to see if it makes a difference. I've been getting migraines since 1985, and although I get them every few years, the cycles usually start in the fall. Coincidence?

I really hope the mag works out for you.
I realized that while there still doesn't seem to be a lot of rhyme or reason to my migraines, I did notice that I always got migraines when I ate homemade chex mix. I think it's the worchestershire sauce I use in it. Or maybe just the extremely high amount of fat and salt...Whatever, I still eat it in small doses because that is just to farking good to give up. I also noticed I got migraines when I at Target Brand fruit snacks. I never noticed if other fruit snacks did it to me, but those produced doozies of migraines.

Anywho, that's not what I originally popped on here to say. I had some herbal pills I used to take when I would run out of my Midrin or Fioricet (forgot to refill them...I'm smart like that). It's made by Gaia Herbs and it's called Migra-Profen. I was scared to try it initially because I'm allergic to Ibuprofen and it kinda sounded the same...it sooo wasn't. I would tell you all about it, but I'll just link you to the site so you can read about it yourself. Migra-profen :: Gaia Herbs. I swear this stuff worked pretty similar to Midrin for herbal stuff. I lurved this stuff, might have to ask my doctor if I can still take it with my kidney function being what it is. Anybody knowledgeable if any of the ingredients are hard on kidneys?
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I realized that while there still doesn't seem to be a lot of rhyme or reason to my migraines, I did notice that I always got migraines when I ate homemade chex mix. I think it's the worchestershire sauce I use in it. Or maybe just the extremely high amount of fat and salt...Whatever, I still eat it in small doses because that is just to farking good to give up. I also noticed I got migraines when I at Target Brand fruit snacks. I never noticed if other fruit snacks did it to me, but those produced doozies of migraines.
Originally Posted by SunshineGrrl
Well, I know for a fact that store purchased Chex Mix is loaded with MSG (a major trigger, which you already know). Chex cereal by itself has a preservative in it called BHT, which is also a trigger. Perhaps that's why your homemade mix gives you migraines? The Archer Farms fruit snacks I can't figure out. The only thing I can come up with is that some fruits are high in citric acid, another trigger. Citric acid exists naturally in fruit and is used like BHT, as preservative in many foods.

There's so much that can trigger a migraine that sometimes I forget. I've had three attacks today and about an hour ago, I figured out why. My sweet husband brought home some paella last night and it had these delicious pickled jalapeños in it, which I didn't think twice about eating. Pickled foods are a trigger. I can't believe I forgot that one.
I bought some magnesium oil to see what all the fuss is about. I'll keep you posted... I have hormonal migraines, as well as anxiety with heart racing, etc. on a regular basis. Let's see if this helps!

I hadn't thought of taking magnesium orally too. Is it necessary? Thoughts?
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I tried imitrex in the past but naproxin/ anaprox ( OTC aleve) at the onset it the only stuff that shortens & reduces a migraine for me
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I bought some magnesium oil to see what all the fuss is about. I'll keep you posted... I have hormonal migraines, as well as anxiety with heart racing, etc. on a regular basis. Let's see if this helps!

I hadn't thought of taking magnesium orally too. Is it necessary? Thoughts?
Originally Posted by poemaXX
I'm sure I must have posted this earlier in the thread, but I take propranolol daily as a migraine preventative. It's essentially a blood-pressure medication (to lower blood pressure), but is also commonly used for both migraines and anxiety. It's a miracle drug for me, I've been on it for about 15 years! I only get a couple migraines a year now. I've not found a single medication that really helps once I have the migraine, but the propranolol really keeps them away.
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I bought some magnesium oil to see what all the fuss is about. I'll keep you posted... I have hormonal migraines, as well as anxiety with heart racing, etc. on a regular basis. Let's see if this helps!

I hadn't thought of taking magnesium orally too. Is it necessary? Thoughts?
Originally Posted by poemaXX
I'm sure I must have posted this earlier in the thread, but I take propranolol daily as a migraine preventative. It's essentially a blood-pressure medication (to lower blood pressure), but is also commonly used for both migraines and anxiety. It's a miracle drug for me, I've been on it for about 15 years! I only get a couple migraines a year now. I've not found a single medication that really helps once I have the migraine, but the propranolol really keeps them away.
Originally Posted by Who Me?
I took propranolol for awhile (a month or so) and didn't feel it helped with my anxiety unfortunately. Biologically/Chemically speaking I'm sure it did something, but I still had a lot of physical symptoms of anxiety. Glad to hear it works for you though!
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I bought some magnesium oil to see what all the fuss is about. I'll keep you posted... I have hormonal migraines, as well as anxiety with heart racing, etc. on a regular basis. Let's see if this helps!

I hadn't thought of taking magnesium orally too. Is it necessary? Thoughts?
Originally Posted by poemaXX
I'm sure I must have posted this earlier in the thread, but I take propranolol daily as a migraine preventative. It's essentially a blood-pressure medication (to lower blood pressure), but is also commonly used for both migraines and anxiety. It's a miracle drug for me, I've been on it for about 15 years! I only get a couple migraines a year now. I've not found a single medication that really helps once I have the migraine, but the propranolol really keeps them away.
Originally Posted by Who Me?
I took propranolol for awhile (a month or so) and didn't feel it helped with my anxiety unfortunately. Biologically/Chemically speaking I'm sure it did something, but I still had a lot of physical symptoms of anxiety. Glad to hear it works for you though!
Originally Posted by poemaXX
Oh, I never had diagnosed anxiety, so I can't really speak to the clinical symptoms too much. I mean, I WAS a super anxious kid (other parents clearly would have had me in therapy and on drugs, but not my parents who though I should just "suck it up"), but I've been on the drug since I was 14 or so, so I honestly don't know with how much of my lessening anxiety was simply growing out of that "Ahhhh I'm so awkward I hate myself and everyone's looking at me" childhood feeling, vs. the drug having an effect.
I was just suggesting it for your migraines, since it could help with your anxiety at the same time. The doses people take can vary by at least 10-fold, too, so maybe you just needed something higher than you were taking.
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How timely! I had a migraine at work that made me soooo sick. Ya know those migraines that don't really feel like a migraine because your eyeballs don't move with your pulse? The ones that you think are just a headache, but tylenol doesn't cut it? Then you realize it's a migraine because you get sick? Yeah, it was one of those.

I should have figured it out sooner because I started feeling nauseous and sweating rivers. I still didn't figure it out after I was sick the first time, just took something for nausea and took tylenol. By the time I figured out it was a migraine and took an Imitrex, I was sick again. Wasted a freaking pill! So I trotted myself back to my desk and took another, grumbling about money down the drain. Literally.

Imitrex needs to invent a pill that comes with nausea support. I think almost every time I have a migraine and end up taking an Imitrex too late, I end up having to take two.
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This area is under construction as my hair type changed and nothing works well for me. I shampoo, I condition and pretty much have done nothing but chuck my hair in a messy bun for the past oh...year? Yeah, I'm that lazy.

No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.
How timely! I had a migraine at work that made me soooo sick. Ya know those migraines that don't really feel like a migraine because your eyeballs don't move with your pulse? The ones that you think are just a headache, but tylenol doesn't cut it? Then you realize it's a migraine because you get sick? Yeah, it was one of those.

I should have figured it out sooner because I started feeling nauseous and sweating rivers. I still didn't figure it out after I was sick the first time, just took something for nausea and took tylenol. By the time I figured out it was a migraine and took an Imitrex, I was sick again. Wasted a freaking pill! So I trotted myself back to my desk and took another, grumbling about money down the drain. Literally.

Imitrex needs to invent a pill that comes with nausea support. I think almost every time I have a migraine and end up taking an Imitrex too late, I end up having to take two.
Originally Posted by SunshineGrrl
Don't they have a nasal spray? Or some kind of melt under your tongue tab? Either of those would work for you, I bet, as they don't require to be absorbed in the digestive system.
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How timely! I had a migraine at work that made me soooo sick. Ya know those migraines that don't really feel like a migraine because your eyeballs don't move with your pulse? The ones that you think are just a headache, but tylenol doesn't cut it? Then you realize it's a migraine because you get sick? Yeah, it was one of those.

I should have figured it out sooner because I started feeling nauseous and sweating rivers. I still didn't figure it out after I was sick the first time, just took something for nausea and took tylenol. By the time I figured out it was a migraine and took an Imitrex, I was sick again. Wasted a freaking pill! So I trotted myself back to my desk and took another, grumbling about money down the drain. Literally.

Imitrex needs to invent a pill that comes with nausea support. I think almost every time I have a migraine and end up taking an Imitrex too late, I end up having to take two.
Originally Posted by SunshineGrrl
Don't they have a nasal spray? Or some kind of melt under your tongue tab? Either of those would work for you, I bet, as they don't require to be absorbed in the digestive system.
Originally Posted by Who Me?
There are migraine pills that you can dissolve under your tongue, but I don't think it's Imitrex. Same for the nose spray. I've used both of them before, but my flaming insurance won't pay for them (they were samples years ago)
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This area is under construction as my hair type changed and nothing works well for me. I shampoo, I condition and pretty much have done nothing but chuck my hair in a messy bun for the past oh...year? Yeah, I'm that lazy.

No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.
I realized that while there still doesn't seem to be a lot of rhyme or reason to my migraines, I did notice that I always got migraines when I ate homemade chex mix. I think it's the worchestershire sauce I use in it. Or maybe just the extremely high amount of fat and salt...Whatever, I still eat it in small doses because that is just to farking good to give up. I also noticed I got migraines when I at Target Brand fruit snacks. I never noticed if other fruit snacks did it to me, but those produced doozies of migraines.

Anywho, that's not what I originally popped on here to say. I had some herbal pills I used to take when I would run out of my Midrin or Fioricet (forgot to refill them...I'm smart like that). It's made by Gaia Herbs and it's called Migra-Profen. I was scared to try it initially because I'm allergic to Ibuprofen and it kinda sounded the same...it sooo wasn't. I would tell you all about it, but I'll just link you to the site so you can read about it yourself. Migra-profen :: Gaia Herbs. I swear this stuff worked pretty similar to Midrin for herbal stuff. I lurved this stuff, might have to ask my doctor if I can still take it with my kidney function being what it is. Anybody knowledgeable if any of the ingredients are hard on kidneys?
Originally Posted by SunshineGrrl
The Migra-Profen contains kava kava which has been associated with kidney damage. That's the only ingredient I don't like in it. I've used all the other ones
I bought some magnesium oil to see what all the fuss is about. I'll keep you posted... I have hormonal migraines, as well as anxiety with heart racing, etc. on a regular basis. Let's see if this helps!

I hadn't thought of taking magnesium orally too. Is it necessary? Thoughts?
Originally Posted by poemaXX
Restoring a magnesium deficiency takes a while...keep that in mind. We don't get the same instant results from supplements as we do medications.
For best results, I use both oral mag and the mag oil. Magnesium glycinate is great for anxiety. Glycine, the chelating agent in mag glycinate, is relaxing and magnesium is a natural relaxant. I use magnesium glycinate and magnesium malate. Both are great options! I order mine thru vitacost as it's the cheapest.
With the mag oil, if you're wanting to restore your deficiency, you'll want to spray it over bare skin, allow to dry for 20 minutes or so daily. Once it's dry, the mag is no longer being absorbed. Foot soaks are an excellent way to get mag into your body too. You can use 1-2 oz mag oil into 1-2 gallons warm water or 1-3 cups of magnesium chloride flakes in a foot bath.

Magnesium Application and Use | Ancient Minerals

Magnesium Burn Rate and Dosage | Dr Carolyn Dean MD ND
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I bought some magnesium oil to see what all the fuss is about. I'll keep you posted... I have hormonal migraines, as well as anxiety with heart racing, etc. on a regular basis. Let's see if this helps!

I hadn't thought of taking magnesium orally too. Is it necessary? Thoughts?
Originally Posted by poemaXX
Restoring a magnesium deficiency takes a while...keep that in mind. We don't get the same instant results from supplements as we do medications.
For best results, I use both oral mag and the mag oil. Magnesium glycinate is great for anxiety. Glycine, the chelating agent in mag glycinate, is relaxing and magnesium is a natural relaxant. I use magnesium glycinate and magnesium malate. Both are great options! I order mine thru vitacost as it's the cheapest.
With the mag oil, if you're wanting to restore your deficiency, you'll want to spray it over bare skin, allow to dry for 20 minutes or so daily. Once it's dry, the mag is no longer being absorbed. Foot soaks are an excellent way to get mag into your body too. You can use 1-2 oz mag oil into 1-2 gallons warm water or 1-3 cups of magnesium chloride flakes in a foot bath.

Magnesium Application and Use | Ancient Minerals

Magnesium Burn Rate and Dosage | Dr Carolyn Dean MD ND
Originally Posted by crimsonshedemon
I appreciate the reminder to be patient. It's tricky to let things run their course, especially when that "thing" is a pattern of anxiety!

I did some reading and ordered the mag malate and mag glycinate, in addition to the mag oil. I'll start out with a lower dose and ramp it up.

Thanks! I'll keep you all posted.
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Good choices Each tab isnt 400. That tablet would be too big to swallow. lol. If you look at the serving size then the amount of magnesium and divide that, you'll get the amount. I'm not sure what the 1250mg refers to. For the malate you need 3 tablets to get 425mg magnesium.
I like to start slow- around 200mg morning and night. My dr suggests starting at 400mg twice a day but that killed my stomach which can be sensitive. Malate is best taken in the morning and glycinate at night.
Originally Posted by crimsonshedemon
You're right, I wonder where they get the 1250mg malate when the serving of 3 tabs = 425. So I should be OK to take one in the AM, and 1 glycinate tab (=200mg) in the PM to start, right?
Originally Posted by CurliLocks
Yes 1 of each am/pm is a good starting place. You can always cut them in half if needed. Or add another after a few days. I'm going to email vitacost and ask about the 1250mg I'm curious.
Originally Posted by crimsonshedemon
Ah-ha! I think I know why the bottle says 1250mg. The 3 pill serving size yields 833mg malic acid (stated on front of label under "Magnesium Malate") and 425mg of magnesium. Add that up and 425+833=1258mg of stuff!
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I use to get a migraine for everything. Not enough sleep, not enough water, being indoors too long, stress, not eating on time, eye strain when I didn't wear my glases etc. I understand that many individuals have serious migraines and need medicine. I hope you have a good physician and good health insurance too. :-)

Over the years, I have worked at identifying my headache triggers and avoiding them. It worked. Finally, when I decided to stop relaxing my hair, the headaches really disappeared.
Common migraine triggers include:chocolate, alcohol, birth control pills containing estrogen, pickled foods, aspartame, weather changes, menstruation, coffee.
My drastic change in diet (more natural foods and less processed foods) and my efforts at taking good care of myself has paid off.
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Good info on natural remedy!! I'm gonna try that.

Right now, I take exedrin migraine. It works most if the time, but sometimes I have a slight "background" headache still.


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Ah-ha! I think I know why the bottle says 1250mg. The 3 pill serving size yields 833mg malic acid (stated on front of label under "Magnesium Malate") and 425mg of magnesium. Add that up and 425+833=1258mg of stuff!
Originally Posted by poemaXX
that must be it.

I have very high cholesterol (and I stopped taking the statins that made me weak) and worry about having a heart attack or stroke with these meds.
Originally Posted by CurliLocks
Saw this and this topic was recently discussed on my group.. thought I'd share

Statins deplete CoQ10... that can cause feelings of weakness, muscle cramps, etc. There's info showing that overall cholesterol numbers don't really mean much.. it's about particle size and type.

Shocking Cholesterol News :: Suzy Cohen ~ Dear Pharmacist, Inc.

Why Women Should Stop Their Cholesterol Lowering Medication | Dr. Mark Hyman

Nutrients to Help Reduce Blood Pressure and Cholesterol :: Suzy Cohen ~ Dear Pharmacist, Inc.

My favorite mineral seems to be related to everything (understandably so)

Magnesium: Magnesium has been found to be another natural calcium blocker and is another natural antidote to arterial calcification (7).

It is interesting to note that Magnesium addresses the same biological target as the statin drugs - the enzyme that controls cholesterol production in the liver. Both statin drugs and magnesium inhibit the enzymatic pathway. Magnesium lowers cholesterol and triglycerides and raises HDL cholesterol. It turns out that magnesium is a natural statin (.

Another important factor afforded to magnesium is, in addition to preventing calcifications, it also inhibits the formation of coronary-artery-blocking blood clots that eventually occur as a result of calcifications within these arteries. The American diet, due to changes in fertilizers and higher intake of processed foods and lower intake of whole grains, provides less and less magnesium on a daily basis. A rich supply of magnesium can be found in spinach, various nuts, and pumpkin seeds.


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