View Full Version : Meds for Migraines...I need suggestions.

08-18-2009, 10:32 PM
I'm so fed up taking the Dr. Reddy's tablets. Once upon a time I got to try some samples of Relpax and Treximet and I loved them. Especially the Treximet, but my insurance doesn't cover it. No way I can afford it. So I have the Dr. Reddy's tablets and they make me so sick. It's a very weird cold feeling all over, but I'm not cold... my arms feel so weak and achy, and the ibs acts up so bad. I know a lot of this is listed as side effects for it. I'm just tired of it. The side effects are almost as bad as the pain. Does anyone have suggestions about something better that I can get in generic?

I saw a neuro last month about it, but he was the kind of doctor that should have revolving doors on his office building. Patients came in and went out so fast. He heard the words autoimmune and complement deficiency and had that look on his face...like "oh crap, you'll require more time." Without hearing much about my history or anything, he dxed with "common women's migraines" and made a few bad sexist jokes. He gave me 4 shots of a steroid cocktail at the base of my head and one in the right temple. I accepted it out of desperation...but at least now I know that doesn't work and I have no plans to return to his office. He said he gives these out all the time and never hears any complaints...and then gave me a script for topomax and zanaflex...which I'm not sure I'll try yet. If I do, it takes time to help prevent anything and there are still chances of getting migraines (if that is what these are that I'm having).

So I need something better for these wallops I get. Help! I'm so tired of these side effects from the Reddy's caplets...they're murder on my GI tract and take so long to kick in and help with the pain.

08-19-2009, 07:38 AM
Abbasgirl I would try the topamax. I actually know 3 people that take it for migranes and it helps them. The one side effect they complain about is not being able to get words out...like they process it but it takes them a minute to spit it out so to speak. But we already have lupus fog so it really wouldn't be noticeable....LOL! I am not aware of the other drug.

Sorry you had such a bad experience with the neurologist. I would definately find another one. I hate those offices that are revolving doors! It's frustrating especially when they are specialist!:nah:

08-19-2009, 08:36 AM
hi abbasgirl,

i am so sorry about your neurologist's appointment, but i love the "revolving door" analogy. Are you kidding me? did he really diagnose you with "common women's migraine"? I find it difficult to believe that there is such a term in the medical journals.....surely he just made this up. Whatever, do not ever return to his office....thank goodness his door only revolved once with you.

hope you find relief.

08-19-2009, 12:41 PM
Hey there Butterfly. Love your text color :cute:
I guess it couldn't hurt to try the topamax, but I wonder if it may mess up any tests that the immunologist may want to do next week. I think I may just wait and ask her what her opinion is... that is, if she's a listener. If not, I'll ask my pcp about it, but she admits she knows only so much.

Phyllis...he used those very words...common women's migraines. The exam consisted of testing my reflexes, looking in my ears, and then he grabbed the back of my head and started pressing on places. I had no clue he was going to do that and I came up off the table in pain, which made hubby come up out of his chair across from me. Which made the neuro stop and assure hubby he wasn't going to hurt me anymore. :laugh:

He said i have very inflamed nerves, duh, and it's common women's migraines. I didn't even try to discuss anything with him. I knew it would be a waste of energy and I'm tired of arguing with doctors. He's not going to do the necessary science.

I had a feeling the appt wasn't going to go well when I was called back and the gloomy nurse looked like she needed to brush her hair. She told me to sit in a chair, not on the table which I could tell the paper on it hadn't been "changed". She asked me how tall I was and how much I weigh, jotted it down, asked why I was there and that was it. She was out the door. No bp check, no thermometer, no nothing. Nothing was sent to my home address to fill out before I got there. My file had nothing in it from my pcp or other doctors...just two pieces of paper in it. Cracked me up a little because that's the smallest file I've seen on myself in a long time.

I was trying not to judge the place based on the nurse...some great doctors have awful nurses, but efficiency is obviously more important there.

08-19-2009, 03:09 PM
I am sorry about your apptmt. It doesn't sound like he listened to you. He just did the "typical" relief.

I get migranes as well, and I use MaxAlt. I don't know if it's generic or not. You can try needymeds.com or org and see if you can get it thru the pharmaceutical supplier since the insurance does not pay for it. You can also look up and see if it is a generic.

Take care,


08-19-2009, 09:12 PM
I also get migraines,since I was in my early 20's, often, currently I have had a headache everyday for 8weeks now, I have tried many preventives in the past, currently taking amitriptaline. I tried topamax a few years ago, I have heard it helps alot of migraine suffers but it did not help me. I am fortunate that my insurance is pretty good I pay about 20% for prescriptions, I use imitrex which works wonders for me,(very expensive)and currently I need to take every day, so I am trying the amitriptaline. I have only been on it for 1 and 1/2 weeks. I think it is helping a little. best of luck

08-20-2009, 10:31 AM
Thanks Faith, I'll look into that. Does Maxalt work fast?

Lala, I tried amitriptaline last year for something else...mild dose to help a sensitive bladder... it didn't help with the head pain, but it did with my bladder. lol.

I'm glad it's helping you.

I hate this situation... the drugs we have to wait so long to see if they work...sigh. When you wait so long for relief and then you have to wait longer to see if something works for you, then it doesn't....ughhhhhhhh...more waiting trying something else.

08-20-2009, 11:34 AM
Yes, it works fast!!! Check it out on needymeds.org and see if you can qualify for free meds is your insurance doesn't cover it.

Take care,


08-23-2009, 05:38 PM
You might look into Imitrex -- it can be taken as tablet or injectable, and it's a pretty proven drug. My wife takes it a lot -- it's the only one she's found that works for her.

Sidebar: She tried topamax -- aka the 'supermodel drug' because it supposedly makes one thin and stupid :) and it didn't work.

Imitrex is pricy, but you only take it when you have a headache.

And, you can always look for triggers and try to minimize/eliminate -- red wine, chocolate, stress, lack of sleep, hormonal changes are all common triggers.
Good luck.