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What Do You Take If You Still Get A Migraine On Topomax?

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#1 bjennae

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 08:51 PM

Since some people still get migraines on Topomax, what do you take? I have a script for Maxalt but that makes me tired too. Don't want to be catatonic.
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 11:34 PM

Alcohol in large quantities?

No, seriously... Naproxen. But you can only do it rarely or you'll kill your kidneys.

If you're still getting constant migraines on Topamax, either it isn't the drug for you, or you need your dose adjusted. I have a weird-ass variant migraine (24-7-12 in the absence of Topamax) that doesn't stay at bay w/o 400mg of the stuff. And even then, peri-menopause is a bitch and I get one every couple/few months or so.


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Posted 22 March 2012 - 06:26 AM

You can try adding propranolol. I take both. I started with propranolol which helped a little and topa knocked them out.
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Posted 23 March 2012 - 12:28 PM

How much of a reduction have you gotten? 50% reduction is considered a successful prophylactic in many practices. Even with a very successful preventative, it's likely that you'll still get a migraine from time to time. You can choose to use your abortive, and/or choose a med to cover the pain (e.g. Excedrin). If you are still getting frequent migraines, you could consider an adjunct to the Topamax or an alternative if it's not doing anything for you. You should always have an emergency kit for breakthroughs though. Maxalt isn't the only abortive option - have you tried others?

I also have chronic migraine (a day withOUT one is pretty damn rare) and can't take triptans due to the type I have. Usually a pain killer plus Benadryl or Dramamine is what I take when things get really bad.
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Posted 23 March 2012 - 03:39 PM

Compazine is a very effective emergency med that will kill a migraine.

I still get one once every month or two.
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Posted 23 March 2012 - 03:57 PM

Compazine is a very effective emergency med that will kill a migraine.

I still get one once every month or two.

Ah yes. Reglan too, though I think both are more effective for that if given via IV vs. oral. Oral can still be helpful though.

Once every month or two? That must be heavenly...
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Posted 23 March 2012 - 05:51 PM

Oh god, yeah.
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Posted 29 March 2012 - 07:23 AM

I usually take vicoprofen or dilaudid (if I'm at work) to ease pain when I get a migraine. I currently take topiramate (topamax) and propranolol as preventatives but get breakthrough migraines pretty regularly. Not nearly as bad as before, but I couldnt function without something for pain when they do break though. I cant take any of the triptans due to side effects and steroid treatments end badly with me also....but either of those may work well for you.
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Posted 22 May 2012 - 09:16 AM

I also suffer frequent migranes despite Topamax. I had them 6 days out of the week (avergae) pre-treatment, now with the Topamax I am still having 4-5 a week, along with the mental capacity of a crayon. Sadly my lovely pain management drs don't seem to think migranes are a legitamat (sp?) sourse of pain. I am given 10 mg Hydros... which does jack squat but make me itchy and more nauseated. I have also noticed my muscle tics have increased in intensity and frequency since starting topamax... anyone else have that issue?
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Posted 22 May 2012 - 09:59 AM

If you are not getting good relief on Topamax and have given it enough time, have you talked to your doc about switching to a new preventative? There are lots out there. Pain management is a tricky situation with migraine. Pain killers can and will cause rebound if you use them more than 2-3 days per week. When you have a migraine nearly every day (I do too), it's really hard and a delicate situation because it's so easy to get stuck in rebound and make things worse.

As for the muscle twitching - could it be hydration or electrolyte issues? Topa likes to mess with the kidneys.
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Posted 23 May 2012 - 12:40 AM

I have to drink Pedialyte every day.


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Posted 31 March 2013 - 12:45 AM

Valium works for me, if regular NSAIDS don't touch it. Have you tried regular aspirin? BB
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Posted 31 March 2013 - 12:48 AM

As for feeling "dumb", Keppra (low dosage, 500mg x2daily) brings my brain & speech back to normal. It actually makes me much "smarter". I'd be miserable without it.
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