Weaning off of headache meds

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Hi- I am trying to wean myself off of headache meds like excedrin and sumatriptan- I tried to go cold turkey with disastrous results- still recovering from the migraine that ensued and ended up having to take meds after 18 hours of suffering. Has anyone done this successfully?? Any tips on what made the pain of withdrawal any less?

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    Hi Jackie, I had to come off Proplanolol and Sumatriptin it was and still is hell. That was four years ago.
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    I've managed to reduce the amount of sumatriptan I take by taking Pizotifen. Before I was taking up to 12 sumatriptan a month now I find when I get a start of a migraine I can usually get by with taking 2 paracetamol extra. If these don't work then I still have to take the sumatriptan but it's only about a couple of times a month now and my GP has said that this is probably the safest option. I have also reduced the amount of Pizotifen from 3 a day to 2 a day.

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    HI Jackie

    i think I heard that you can get rebound headaches taking the over the counter meds like  Excedrine Migraine if taking too much.  I just take a Rizatriptian ODT 10gm at the onset of migraine and try to lay down eyes closed and rest. Sometimes I will take Nausua meds and helps me sleep. If headache continues I will take another Rizatriptian within 24 hours. Would this work for you? . I'm sorry to hear about your withdrawal pain,


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    Hi Jackie, I've tried twice, and could not wean of the med's, I asked Dr for supervised support none offered, my nurse said take Magensium Citrate, cleans your system out,  work's like a(laxative), but still not helped ..

    Still on Naratriptan ..

    Good luck  

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