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I've read that several members take preventative medications for their migraines. I am looking into this because mine have been getting more frequent and severe in the last few months and I can't take it much longer. Before I do, I'm trying to drink more water, eat breakfast more often, and get more sleep.<br><br>
What preventative are you on? Does it work for you? How does it prevent them?
 

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i take zonegran, a seizure drug. it is working well. i have taken topomax and had horrible side effects. same with depacote.<br><br>
there are a ton out there- some people do great with just an anti depressant- i take one of those too- it helps with serotonin levels. body chemistry is an important thing, so make sure that you see a doc that knows about migraines or a neurologist!
 

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I also had moderate success with Zonegran, but became pregnant unexpectedly (DS) and had to stop. I took Zoloft during the pregnancy and it was slightly helpful. I'm currently on Pamelor as a preventative and it is OK, coupled with a more aggressive therapy. The best one I've been on was Depakote but the side effects were horrible. Other preventatives I've tried that work for some people but not for me: Topamax, Inderal, Celebrex, Bextra (these 2 more for tension headaches), Verapamil.<br><br>
Yes, I know there are alternative remedies to try however the ones I've tried were not successful and with the type, frequency and severity of my migraines I need a more aggressive therapy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I don't take a preventative drug, but I did figure out that coffee (or rather, coffee withdrawal) was a trigger for migraines. When I would sleep in on the weekends, and miss my usual dose, I'd get a migraine. Once I'd weaned myself off coffee, I stopped getting migraines (only get them rarely).<br><br>
Then again, I've been taking Zoloft for a year and a half, and had no idea it was used as a migraine preventative. But it was about 2 years before that that I stopped coffee, and had maybe 3 migraines during that time, as compared to about 2-3 times a month before. Those migraines were also less severe than the ones I'd had before. I occasionally get visual migraines, but not headache/nausea/vomiting, etc.<br><br>
Oddly enough, I drink regular tea now, and would even say that I'm addicted to the caffiene in it, but it doesn't affect me the same way.
 

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I am no longer on medication for my headaches. I saw a neuro who said mine were migraines. I get migraines and then I get headaches. The migraines I usually only get when I am pregnant or if I sit at the computer for 13hours trying to get rid of a virus. These other headaches are what she said were migraines and they're not. My regular dr who saw me for more than 15minutes agrees that they're not migraines.<br><br>
For the headaches I was put on nortriptyline which decreased them alot for a while. Every 4-6months it'd stop working and I'd get headaches for 10-14days at a time so we'd increase the dose. 15months ago it was doubled and the weight gain was horrible so after 6weeks of gaining weight I went below what I had been at. Last fall I was taken right off because the only way it would work was to increase it and weight gain is not an option. I was put on something else, but after 2 weeks of weight gain I went off. We decided to try and see what happens without it and I get less headaches now so I was definitly getting rebound ones.<br><br>
I have been on a beta blocker(propranolol) for arrhythmia for 2 years, it is supposed to help with headaches.<br><br>
The 1 thing the idiot neuro did tell me was to take 400mg of B2, it can reduce headaches by 10%.<br><br>
She tried giving me Maltax, but after reading about it I refused to take it. I gave them to my mom who was also given Maltax for her migraines.
 

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I went to a headache clinic at age 12 (finally! after having migraines for many years as a child) and was diagnosed. I also went last year to a neurologist (whom I didn't like) who agreed and gave me Imitrex tablets (which had worked before) and Zomig nasal spray. The Imitrex doesn't last very long whereas the Zomig does. So I've been mostly taking that.<br><br>
I have asthma so the beta blockers are out. My student takes Depakote for siezures so I am familiar with the side effects of that. I'm pretty positive that most (not all) of my headaches are migraines. However, there is a headache clinic near me that I think I'm going to go to to see what I can do. I know some of the migraines are hormone-related (hence the Mircette BCPs that I'm on which have low hormones during your AF weet) but I'm getting many that are not related to that. I don't drink coffee on any regular basis (maybe once a week on the weekend) nor do I drink tea.<br><br>
Thanks for the suggestions!
 
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