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Old 03-19-2009, 06:34 AM   #1
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Need other options for migraine medications

I have been suffering from migraines since the age of 12...about 15 years now. I used to take Imitrex for them until I went to pick it up one time and they told me it would be $109.00 for 9 pills. I went to my doctor and she wanted to run various blood tests and a CT scan since I had never had one. All of the tests came back normal, although she thinks that the migraines are caused by hormones. So she gave a new medicine to try. Maxalt....I went to pick that up....6 pills for $112.00. I called back AGAIN and told them I couldn't afford that either. They tried again....Treximet....9 pills $110.00. They basically told me that all of the migraine medications are going to have high copays and that there are no generics. I can't afford to pay that for how quickly I go through this medicine. I have two small children at home to feed and I just can't fit that in. Does anyone have any other ideas on medicines that may be a little less costly? I just don't know what else to do. I can't live with migraines and no medication.....
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Old 03-20-2009, 04:24 AM   #2
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Re: Need other options for migraine medications

Hi Delia79, I really feel for you and completely understand where you are coming from. I live in the UK and can get my prescription drugs on the NHS which is an absolute god send although people still complain about the cost! However I lived in the US for 3 years and didn't have medicare etc. When I went to get my Imigran (Imitrex) they told me it was $80 per tablet but the cost decreased with the amount I bought so if I bought 2 each would be $70 and 3 would be $60 each etc. I could not afford this but luckily my Mum managed to get me some on a repeat prescription in the UK and mailed them out to me.

My GP has recently suggested to me a low dosage of Amitriptyline which is an anti-depressant. I am very cautious about this due to the side effects and this is the reason I am on this website to try and find out more about it. If this is cheaper then you may want to consider it but please check it out first.

There are some natural remedies - which I must admit I have not tried. I am about to try Hypericum (concentrated St John's Wort) which does have some side effects so please check these out before trying. This have been used in Germany for depression and has been very effective so I thought I would give it a go for migraines!

There is also a device called TENS which you attach to your temples, I haven't tried it but I know it can be effective. I do not think it is cheap to buy but if it works then it is a one off cost.

I hope you find something affordable soon.

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Old 03-21-2009, 10:29 AM   #3
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Delia79 , boy sounds like you have a rough time and I completely understand. I have suffered my migraines but when I was 7 months pregnant with my 2nd daughter they started coming every other day. My doc said is was hormones/high blood pressure/gest.diabetes. I spent the last 2 mos of my pregnancy in the hospital getting shots of Dilaudid and having 3 NST's a week. It's been almost a year and I still get them. So back to your question. There are hundreds of options. There are tons of prevetative medications, abortive meds, lifestyle changes etc. I would first suggest that if you haven't done so already; go to a headache Specialist or a Pain Management Dr. Yes, if you bad or no insurance the Migraine meds are very expensive. I had to stop getting the Imitrex Injections because they are so pricey. I am not sure what your Doc meant by there bing no generics because there is generic Imitrex but I think you quoted the generic price up above. At my pharmacy the Brand name Imitrex is $270.00 for 9 pills and the generic is 169.00 for 9 pills. So as far as cheaper meds I am not sure but at the very least your Dr may prescribe some Pain meds (narcotics) but maybe only for really miserable migraines. I take Imitrex but if it doesn't stop the migraine I take 12 mg's of Dilaudid which is much better then a trip to the ER for thousands of dollars. Eat lots of fruit, do yoga, no smoking, etc, you know all those things. the meds I have tried are Verapamil, Axert, caffergot, Prozac (when they thought it was hormonal) etc.

 
Old 03-24-2009, 09:23 PM   #4
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I know your pain, literally. I have suffered from migraines since I was 9 years old. I am not sure how much this costs because I go through Kaiser and they pay for the medication, but I use Relpax (40 mg) with Motrin (800 mg) and it takes about 1/2 hour to go away. Imitrex and maxalt didn't work for me. I have tried a lot of different medications. I have also tried botox which kinda worked too, but I found the best one has been Relpax. Although I would like to just not have the migraines at all.

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the majority of my migraines are hormonal. Are you on any type of birth control pill? they can greatly reduce hormonal migraines. Keep a daily journal of how you feel (couple times a day), weather, what day in your cycle it is, foods etc. I see a naturopathic chiropractor. My progesterone is almost always too low.. i supplement that with progon b that i get from my chiro. You can order hormone saliva test kits online or your doctor/gyno can do blood tests.

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My husband suffers with migraines and he has been prescribed Topomax that he takes two times a day. Once he starts on a migraine it takes sometimes days/weeks for them to calm down. Then they go away for a while and the Topomax seems to work.

I have also just read to drink gatorade. He's done this and it has helped his headaches. I don't know what's in it that works but he drinks a bottle of gatorade and he said his migraine will improve a good 60% from what it was. it sure beats having to pop vicodin or other heavy duty pain meds.

I hope this is of some help.

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Old 03-25-2011, 03:36 AM   #7
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I have been suffering from migraines since the age of 12...about 15 years now. I used to take Imitrex for them until I went to pick it up one time and they told me it would be $109.00 for 9 pills. I went to my doctor and she wanted to run various blood tests and a CT scan since I had never had one. All of the tests came back normal, although she thinks that the migraines are caused by hormones. So she gave a new medicine to try. Maxalt....I went to pick that up....6 pills for $112.00. I called back AGAIN and told them I couldn't afford that either. They tried again....Treximet....9 pills $110.00. They basically told me that all of the migraine medications are going to have high copays and that there are no generics. I can't afford to pay that for how quickly I go through this medicine. I have two small children at home to feed and I just can't fit that in. Does anyone have any other ideas on medicines that may be a little less costly? I just don't know what else to do. I can't live with migraines and no medication.....

There are a lot of migraine meds that existed and worked before triptans came along.. & still not everyone tolerates them(triptans), so what do those people do.. and dont say suffer..
And if you don't have insurance, or insurance doesn't pay for them, or even if co-pays make them unaffordable, they are expensive buggers. w/o insurance, repax can be 25 dollars a pill.. REALLY people.. this helps who?

You get to flat out tell your doctor, you can not afford the newer meds and the doctor will try older less expensive meds on you, it may take a bit longer, and it may not, if a doctor is not willing to work with you and only pushes newer stuff on you, you might need to replace the doctor as well..

Generally a lot of older stuff will work, and usually just as well, what else did suffers do before the newer hideously expensive stuff came along and no, don't say suffer..I think its kinda odd your doctor isnt doing more for u. But I don't know the whole story do I? good luck.

 
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Has anyone tried Inderal? My son and husband had wicked Migraines and our family Dr. prescribed it. Yes it is a BP med. but they got very good results with it and it's cheap.

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Wow I am sorry your pills have become so expensive!! And this is after insurance? How unfair! I consider myself VERY lucky that my name brand Maxalt MLT is $30 for 12 pills, even though I have recently been complaining about them not lasting through the month since I keep getting more migraines... but I do know that my price I pay is very good.

I looked into Topamax myself and realized it was not covered AT ALL by my insurance, so it would be over $400 a month! Geez! Luckily the generic is only $10 per month... what a difference.

I thought Maxalt did have a generic available, but not in the MLT meltable version. I told my doctor I was concerned about cost since my first quote showed them at $26 per pill, and he mentioned that he would change it to generic if that happened. I know Imitrex should have a generic available too.

You might want to call your insurance or check online if you have access, and review a list of many migraine medicines (in generic form too) to get some prices. Hopefully there is at least something that is reasonable!

I might look into Inderal myself if my preventive medication (I'm currently taking nortriptyline) doesn't start helping me. I haven't noticed any benefit and get heart palpitations. My doctor is raising my dosage but splitting it up into two times of the day I take my medicine to help reduce the heart palpitations. They aren't severe or anything, so I am willing to try it out! If all else fails, I'm going to ask about the beta blockers. I do know that these serve more as a preventive though, not one to treat them when they occur.

I also get hormone-related migraines and take birth control. Some people said they might cause more migraines, so it could go either way. Mine really help cut down on the severe migraines though. I'd take less of those and more moderate migraines any day! I use the placebo pills to skip every other period, which helps prevent those nasty menstrual migraines.

I really hope you are able to find something reasonable. My mom mentioned that her pills are very, very inexpensive for a generic Imitrex. She pays less than me! I am thinking it was even less than $20, but she only gets 4 pills at a time.

 
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The original poster must surely have been quoting a copay of some kind. Maxalt does not come in a generic in either of its forms, or doseages (5mg,10mg). The retail pricing of the 10mg forms is approximately $28 per tablet in the U.S.

 
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The original poster must surely have been quoting a copay of some kind. Maxalt does not come in a generic in either of its forms, or doseages (5mg,10mg). The retail pricing of the 10mg forms is approximately $28 per tablet in the U.S.
That must be a very high copay How disappointing! When I looked up the price of Maxalt even with insurance, I kept getting $26 per pill at first, but it ended up less, so I am thinking some of my insurance website's quotes were not correct or something. I thought there was a generic, but I must have it confused with something else I saw. I would be interested in seeing what other generics cost, even full price. I hope the original poster can find a decent generic that isn't ridiculously expensive!

 
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When I do a search online for Rizatriptan Benzoate, I see many "generic Maxalt" results come up. Is this actually something that isn't sold (at least not legally)? Just curious!

 
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Maxalt and Maxalt MLT are manufactured by Merck & Co. They are currently under the protection of a patent that prevents any generic Maxalt or Maxalt MLT from being manufactured in the United States. Yet, if you search the Internet for "generic Maxalt," you may find a number of companies selling it. The fact is that these medicines are fake, substandard, and potentially dangerous. There may be generic Maxalt available from another country, but there is really no way of knowing whether or not you are getting genuine Maxalt. Patent is good till 2012.

 
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That's what I figured... all illegitimate places trying to sell it! Thanks for clearing that up!

 
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