Triptans??

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Hello all,

I take Triptans for my HM, I find Naratriptan works best for me however as I get miraines everyday I know it is not safe to use everyday due to rebound Migraines but I take them when I am feeling really unwell. Can you tell me how often it is safe to take them?

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    I take sumatriptan, the last time I collected my prescription, the pharmacist told me I shouldn't be taking more than 12 a month as there is a higher risk of getting a stroke. I usually need 6-8 a month.
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      Its good to have this info Kath as I use around the same amount of injections as you.  I have started using more lately as I get a cluster headache after exercise, so my neurologist has oredered another mri scan following that a consultation, I am yet to see the letter to tell me what med to take, prior to exercise.

      May I ask if you take tablets or injections Kath?

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      Yes, I take tablets, injections have never been mentioned to me. I'm waiting to see my neurologist again though because I seem to be getting more frequent migraines and none of the preventative meds work. Would just love to go a month without a migraine.
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      well I used to have tablets, but the injections are so much better and work in about 10 minutes to take away the pain.  Have you been diagnosed with cluster headache, or a form on migraine?  I tried so many different preventative meds, before finally having a better success with verapamil and pregabalin.  If you get hemaplegic migraine ask about flunarizine, it really is the best to prevent getting them.

      Good luck with the neurologist Kath

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      No, they are not cluster headaches but a form of migraine, no one has mentioned what type. I have suffered with them for over 40 years though. They used to be controllable, I would get a visual disturbance followed by pain over left eye. If I took paracetamol straight away, I wouldn't get the pain and I only got them vey occasionally but about 15 years I started to get a different type of headache in my left temple which didn't respond to any pain killers. These occurred about every 6-8 weeks and that's when I started going to the doctors. Over the years I have tried all types of meds, beta blockers, antidepressants, anti epileptic drugs and nothing has worked, although I haven't heard of the ones you mentioned. I' m now lucky if I can go 10 days without a headache, but the sumatriptan works well and at least I can get on with things, but I am slightly concerned that I may be taking too many. I will ask the doctor about the ones you mentioned, but they may just be a variation on ones that I have already tried.

      Thanks for your comments.

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      Well Kath, I find that with the medical proffesion you have to nag them to find out what is actually going on with your health.  I never worry about nagging them as its my health and not theres at stake.  Sometimes you even have to suggest different meds to them, as I have done over the years.

      I do a lot of research with the meds and my condition.

      Hope you soon find some preventative meds that improve your life.

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