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Old 06-13-2007, 11:27 PM
 
Location: Not tied down... maybe later! *rawr*
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I get at least one migraine a week. I have been able to narrow down what would cause them (heat, lack of sleep, caffeine, even constipation). I have been using Imitrex (both pill form and self-injection form). I was recently told about Depakote. Someone I know is using it for migraine relief.

If you suffer from migraines, could you tell me what you use for relief and if anyone here uses Depakote, could you tell me how well it has been working for you and any side affects.

Thanks!
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Old 06-14-2007, 05:08 AM
 
Location: NoVa
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I used to use Depakote, but not for migraines, although I do have them. I used it for epilepsy. If taken in large doseages, it can cause weight gain, sleepiness. This was years ago, thats what I can remember about that drug, but there are so many options out there. Have you seen your dr, or a Neurologist?

Mine are not so bad lately, Thank the Lord. Right now I am on Topomax and Keppra for them. Both were prescribed my my Neuro. I still get migraines , the effects are just not as bad.

Best of luck to you... from one sufferer to another...

There are others here who will post to you

Robyn
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Old 06-21-2007, 10:04 PM
 
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Topamax works well for me in preventing the migraines. I love Imitrex in case one breaks through.
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Old 06-21-2007, 11:56 PM
 
Location: Anywhere but here!
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The BEST thing I have found for my migraines has been discontinued over the counter. I have NO idea why as I have researched and found NOTHING about adverse side effects or anything negative

Orudis KT

Even though you cannot get it over the counter anymore, you can still get a script for it from your doc. It is actually Ketoprofin. I am a STRONG believer in it!
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Old 06-22-2007, 07:13 AM
 
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The BEST thing I have found for my migraines has been discontinued over the counter. I have NO idea why as I have researched and found NOTHING about adverse side effects or anything negative

Orudis KT

Even though you cannot get it over the counter anymore, you can still get a script for it from your doc. It is actually Ketoprofin. I am a STRONG believer in it!
You're right about Orudis.

I had a migraine at work one day and someone gave me Orudis to try and it worked better than anything else I had used in 40 years.

It must have been an old bottle because when I went to buy some at the drug store, it had been pulled.
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Old 06-22-2007, 12:58 PM
 
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You're right about Orudis.

I had a migraine at work one day and someone gave me Orudis to try and it worked better than anything else I had used in 40 years.

It must have been an old bottle because when I went to buy some at the drug store, it had been pulled.
Yeah, it really bummed me out when they took them off the shelf . I thought it was just one store because sales were down or something, only to find I couldn't find it anywhere anymore! The way it usually works though...find something GOOD then they take it away

I found it really odd that, for a while, someone was actually selling the stuff on ebay...they were selling it for $159.95 + shipping I paid $12.00 for it in the stores...unbelievable! There should be a law against that! If you have an ebay acct, type in orudis then click on completed listings...you'll see it there!

Seriously, I would talk to your doctor about giving you a script for it...I know you can get it by script, and I am pretty sure you can get it at one of the online pharmacies even cheaper.
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Old 06-22-2007, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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I used to take Topamax for migraine control, but it was beating the tar out of my liver. Nice side effect from that one is weight loss. I have gained just over 40 pounds since I stopped taking it.

I take Maxalt for the migraines that I do get. It works in 15 minutes flat. Unlike some meds that I have taken it makes the migraine go away, instead of making me so stoned that I don't care that I have a migraine.

My migraines have gotten much less severe and more infrequent since I stopped taking birth control pills.

Here is a link with some info on Depakote Depakote Information from Drugs.com
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Old 06-22-2007, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I've tried various migraine meds but found that BC powders,Goody Powders or Stanback powders(whichever is available in your part of the country) work just as quickly and are safer than prescribed meds. Imitrex pills are costly and my neuro though at one point the Imitrex may have been causing some heart issues with me. As for the Imitrex shots-dangerous! One of my gfs almost died and I know of 3 other people who did indeed die from the shots.
Best thing to do is to avoid anything you know that causes them. For me Yellow Dye#5 in anything causes a migraine. And that includes shampoos that have it as an ingredient. Perfumes/colognes are killers for me. Sleeping late can cause one; so on week-ends I go ahead and get up the same time as on weekdays but then I go back to bed for a late sleep-in if I want to with no problem.
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Old 06-23-2007, 03:10 AM
 
Location: Warwick, NY
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I had no idea things actually work. I've been popping Excedrin Migraine and then locking myself in a light-sealed bedroom with the weather radio on and riding it out. I find having something completely mindless to listen to at low volume helps divert my attention from the pain as does pressing very firmly on the part of my skull that hurts. I wish I had a head press like Uncle Fester.

I don't get migraines often but when I do it's almost always in the Autumn or Spring, always at least one in May, though I get about 3 or 4 a year at most.

For someone with infrequent migraines like myself, would any of these prescription drugs be worth it?
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Old 06-23-2007, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Florida
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jiminy crickets Jason-no need to suffer so much you poor thing. Try to see a doctor but until you do you might try some of the OTC meds we've discussed. Excedrin Migrain never worked for me.
Invest about 20.00 in a sound machine from Walmart. It has gentle sounds like rainfall,etc that I use during a migraine or on nights when I can't sleep and my tinniutis is driving me nuts.



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I had no idea things actually work. I've been popping Excedrin Migraine and then locking myself in a light-sealed bedroom with the weather radio on and riding it out. I find having something completely mindless to listen to at low volume helps divert my attention from the pain as does pressing very firmly on the part of my skull that hurts. I wish I had a head press like Uncle Fester.

I don't get migraines often but when I do it's almost always in the Autumn or Spring, always at least one in May, though I get about 3 or 4 a year at most.

For someone with infrequent migraines like myself, would any of these prescription drugs be worth it?
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