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For your migraines I highly recommend Imitrex. I went the fiorinal route for quite some time, but when they came out with Imitrex I was sold. I use the pen injector method and within minutes my migraines are gone. Totally gone. I really think that narcotics for headaches tend more often than not to cause rebound headaches and can make the problem much worse.

Just a thought...:)

steve
i would have to agree with ya steve about the narcotic and the head pain stuff.i have been on a wonder drug called midrin since i was 21(1981?) and it was the very first migrane abortive created for us migrane suffers who til then,had absolutely nothing to take for the agony.my migranes started when i was only 13.so i went from 13-21 with NOTHING to even begin to help.it just was alot of "suckig up' the pain crap.no narcotic ever worked and then midrin came out and as soon as i heard about it,i was on it.wow,it was truely a miracle med that gave me my life back.at that time i was getting from 7-12 migranes per month.sick.we too tried the fiorinal stuff with no luck either.it takes a VERY specific type of med in order to really kick the migrane cycle.nothing else has ever worked for me but a vasoconstrictor like midrin.i believe that is what imitrex is as well?i have thought about changing to imitrex when my cousin tried it but if it aint broke don't fix it ya know?

Katrina,i really would try and see if the imitrex or midrin works for your migranes.the midrin works wonderful for me and i can function and even drive once the aura goes away(45 minutes and i can once again function).it really works well too.there are just some very high risks in taking the fiorinal on a regular basis.this stuff alone too can cause its own type of headache cycle.becasue of the barbiturate that is in it and the caffiene too.this is not a narcotic but a barbiturate.personally i feel it is much more addictive in potential than most narcotics even.its just something that shouldn't be a long term solution to migrane.there are much better,less addicting types of meds that work sooo much better,really.just discuss options with your doc.either the imitrex or the midrin are great abortive(an abortive just kicks the cycle before it has a chance to really take hold) migrane meds.just an FYI for ya.believe me,my migranes used to just shut me down completely for either hours to days.they were that bad,but once i found midrin,it was a totally different story.good luck hon,just give them a try.please let us know how things go,K?Marcia
[QUOTE=feelbad;3350046]i would have to agree with ya steve about the narcotic and the head pain stuff.i have been on a wonder drug called midrin since i was 21(1981?) and it was the very first migrane abortive created for us migrane suffers who til then,had absolutely nothing to take for the agony.my migranes started when i was only 13.so i went from 13-21 with NOTHING to even begin to help.it just was alot of "suckig up' the pain crap.no narcotic ever worked and then midrin came out and as soon as i heard about it,i was on it.wow,it was truely a miracle med that gave me my life back.at that time i was getting from 7-12 migranes per month.sick.we too tried the fiorinal stuff with no luck either.it takes a VERY specific type of med in order to really kick the migrane cycle.nothing else has ever worked for me but a vasoconstrictor like midrin.i believe that is what imitrex is as well?i have thought about changing to imitrex when my cousin tried it but if it aint broke don't fix it ya know?...Marcia
I know exactly what you mean. All through my teen years and even into my mid-twenties I absolutely hated weekends. Without fail, every Saturday morning I'd get a screaming migraine, only I didn;t really know what to call it - so I called them sick headaches. All my Saturdays were lost. And all week long I dreaded the prospect of the weekend coming. The narcotics just made things worse. Excedrine was all that helped, but I didn't learn about it until just before I learned about Imitrex. I also know what you mean about sticking with what works. Heck, if the Midrin works don't change anything. I'm like that with my Imitrex. And yes, the Imitrex is I believe a vasoconstrictor - it may have more elements to it but that one's there for sure.

steve
Brian, thanks for your suggestions as they are ones I can look into when I see my doctor next week. I do need something that last longer.

Steve, I have had migraines for over 34 years and I have tried most everything there is out there. I did the Imitrex injection with no relief, have done other ones and had my hair start to fall out. I took the amitriptolene 10 years ago and just started trying it again and it has helped some. My biggest problem now is my other pain. As I sit here writing I have to get up even after taking a Vicodin as it is driving me crazy sitting on my tailbone.

Thanks everyone for your ideas.
I am so sorry the imitrex type meds don't work for you. I can't imagine what I'd do without it. Did you say you had tried the Midrin?

Steve