I’ve had migraines since I was an 8th grader. A drug that has been very effective for me in stopping a migraine is ergotamine + caffeine. This drug is great because it has no discernable side effects for me and stops a migraine cold. This is important because it allows me to go to work/stay at work and I am not impaired.
I am dismayed to discover, then, that ergotamine is no longer made. I’ve tried Imitrex before and had a very bad reaction to it, so I can’t take drugs in that class. My doctor wants to prescribe butalbital, which is a barbituate. I don’t want to have to do that, so she suggested Stadol nasal spray. Seems like that’s just the same issue, whacking at a migraine with a heavy painkiller. Instead of stopping a migraine before it even starts.
I am bummed and worried, frankly. Ergotamine did exactly what I need it to do. I really do not want to have to leave work or call in because I’m impaired from a migraine painkiller.
Anyone else use ergotamine? Why was it discontinued? I understand there are ergotamine suppositories, but I assume they have to be refrigerated, and I can’t likely keep a few in the fridge at work.
Mostly I want to know why in the hell such a simple effective drug was discontinued and what anyone here may have switched to that isn’t a painkiller or Imitrex?
What kind of reaction do you have to Imitrex? The “OMG I think I’m having a heart attack” feeling is pretty normal. I’ve been taking it for years and the chest/jaw/shoulder tightness which fades to keeling kinda crappy for the rest of the day is kinda standard, it’s even listed in the little packet that comes with it. FWIW, I liked the injections better. All the crappy side effects come on faster and harder, but go away quicker as well.
I tried the barbiturate one once or twice, didn’t have any effect on me at all.
I felt the same way about Primatene Mist(epinephrine inhaler) only asthma rescue med that works for me, the hilarious thing is the thing they were attacking epinephrine for in the media being stimulant effects I’ve had FAR worse from Ventolin(salbutamol) which has even given me strange racing pulse and blood sugar issues. Primatene maybe you felt like you drank a cup of coffee if you used it more than once.
:smack:And the only alternative available for awhile was an Epipen or injecting epinephrine should a bad attack occur.
I was on Topamax for many years for migraine prevention. Has some funky side effects for the first 3 months or so, and must be slowly ramped up and tapered down when quitting, but it worked tremendously well for me!
Thanks,** PurpleClogs**. I’m fortunate that my migraines only happen maybe 6 - 10 times a year, and Topamax is used everyday to prevent frequent migraines? I hope I don’t get to that point. But I’m filing away the info in case my frequency starts to increase.
I take Maxalt. Imitrex made my arms feel heavy, like I’d been swimming all day, plus the hangover (which may be from the migraine). I had a bad reaction to Topomax, stopped sleeping for days. Not hyper - I was exhausted, but unable to fall asleep.
Maxalt does OK. What really has helped is perimenopause.
Commercially (after a fashion)-prepared LSD and rye bread made from uncontaminated flour. You just can’t control the dose with the natural stuff and I’d rather have my fingers look like they are falling off than actually fall off.
Oh, you mean for migraines? Never had them regularly enough to get them treated, but as a secret Primatine user I’ll second the motion that the FDA has grown silly lately.