Thursday, February 16, 2006
The Pharmaceutical Thirteen (ie #16)
Thirteen Prescription Medications JEN is or has been on for migraines
I started thinking about this the other day when one of the moms in my group said, "Hey, Ms. Pharmaceutical! Can you look at my prescription for my migraines and tell me what you think of it?" Scary when that's one of the ways you're known in the homeschool community! ;-) I did know about her medication, as I'd been on it before, which really didn't help with my "I don't really know that much about prescription medications" argument... Hee hee!
So, I decided to dig deep and think of the medicines I've used over time for my migraines. These are all presciption medications I've used over a period of time, or had administered to me during episodes when I've gone to the ER with my migraines. I didn't list the 6 billion ones we tried that didn't work, or anything you can buy without a prescription (ie there's a lot of interesting information now about magnesium and its relationship to migraine, so many migraineurs, myself included supplement with that.)
The Preventatives-These you take every day to prevent a migraine attack:
3. Nortriptyline (and various other things related to these)
The Abortives-These are taken once an attack has started, to help it go away:
4. Zomig-tablets and nasal spray
5. Imitrex-nasal spray and injection
7. Reglan-Actually an antinauseal, but can help a lot when it all gets going
(and many of the other triptans)
Analgesics and others-Painkillers and mixtures including painkillers:
Migraines can be a real mess, and are far more complicated than most people know. I know I didn't understand, even though I had them, until mine became debilitating, hitting 4-6 times a week. Fortunately, my new neuro and I seem to have found a pretty good system and I don't need nearly so much stuff, and can totally avoid the heavy hitters. There are many migraineurs out there on unbelieveable amounts of medications, who get very little relief from them.
There you have it, my Pharmaceutical Thirteen!
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Took Midrin, Demarol, Vicodan, Valium, and finally when the injections came out, I found my cure. The shots were much stronger back then I think. I rarely ever have one anymore so maybe I FINALLY outgrew them, lol.
I hate headaches! I get them too. I wouldn't call mine migraines but I do get "auras" with them and sometimes I get an aura with no headache!
Got my 13 up too.
Can't believe you have been through so many medications.
Migraines bite it big time.
Mine are up.
Diary of the Nello
Luckily I've only had 2 migranes...my middle brother used to get them all the time...I don't know if he still gets them or not.
Thanks for linking me up already. And thanks for showing me how to knit last night too. I think I'll check that site you posted for how to cast on and try with my needles today...after blogging of course! :D
Got my 13 up!
They're terrible...debilitating...painful...useless. I sympathize. I'm glad you've found a new neurologist that works with you. That's so important. I've fired so many, but am glad to have the ones I do now.
My 13 are up.
My 13 are up
I had no idea. I guess I should count that as another thing to be thankful for. I only have migraines on rare occassions. I am so sorry that this is not the case for you.
i also have Thursday 13 up: http://verabear.bravejournal.com/entry/16972
Have a great one :)