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After something like thirty years of chronic daily migraine, a neurologist recently took me off co-codamol (paracetamol and codeine) with which I've medicated a daily headache on waking with reasonable results for those thirty years, rebound headaches replacing the more unpleasant daily migraines. The small daily amount of codeine also took care of hay-fever allergies and IBS whch have both returned.
The trouble is I'm also hyper-sensitive to medications in general and the first 100mg dose of Gabapentin taken in the evening left me flat out the whole of the following day. I can't imagine increasing the dose in a few days time. Has anybody expereince of preventive medications that have had low side effects, particularly with regard to drowsiness. The neurologist wants me to try Gabapentin for a few months (if I can tolerate it that long) and then try Candesartan. To be honest the last two months+ have been a nightmare with coming off codeine and then going back to the chronic daily migraines. A large part of me wants to go back to the co-codamol. I functioned then far better than any time since and the morning rebound headaches weremore tolerable. After one tablet I was usually okay for the rest of the day. Not perfect but bearable and functional.
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