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High blood pressure medication info

Just feel I need to pass my experience along hoping it will help others.
I had suffered with monthly migraines for decades. Mine were always located at the rear of my head and neck.
After many years my sister suggested I try the Rx medication sumatriptan since she also had migraines. It was wonderful and always worked but as everyone knows it is not an actual treatment but an abortive.

However I was having multiple migraines each month and I had heard one should not overuse this medication.

Now to get to my point. A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with an ascending aortic aneurysm which was stable. Even though I didn’t actually suffer from HBP the cardiologist prescribed 5 milligrams of the blood pressure medication Lisinopril to slow down its possible expansion. This is a very low dose.
After about three weeks I suddenly realized that I hadn’t had a migraine during that time. It is now over a year later and I have not used sumatriptan more than a half dozen times.

My primary care physician had prescribed the blood pressure medication propranolol several years earlier for migraine treatment but it was no help. Propranolol is a Beta Blocker and Lisinopril is an ACE Inhibitor.

Lisinopril has been a game changer in my life.

If you are interested you might want to Google migraines and Lisinopril and do some reading about some studies that have been done.

Hope this is of some benefit to my fellow migrainers.

  1. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. Good to hear you've found something that helps manage migraine disease. We have heard from others who have luck with this medication as well.
    How are you doing today? Wishing you a low pain day, Nancy Harris Bonk, Patient Leader/Moderator Team

    1. I am doing great today. Getting ready for Superbowl!!
      I used to sometimes take sumatriptan up to as many as 15-16 in a month. Went to a Neurologist and we tried about everything and nothing helped.

      I was so lucky that Lisinopril proved to be the magic bullet.

      Thanks for responding to me and have a good evening.

      1. Wonderful that you've found something that works so well for you! That is quite the turnaround you experienced. Thank you for taking the time to share this information with us! Enjoy the Super Bowl and stay in touch! Warmly- Holly team.

    2. this is EXACTLY what I needed to read this morning. I had 1.5 great years on propanolol before I developed a cough (not just any cough. Constant. It got comments from lots of people). For whatever reason, my blood pressure is sky high again. I’m reading up on Verapamil and feel discouraged. Most traditional triptans, Anti CGRPs, Botox etc haven’t worked so well. I remain optimistic and am going to give lisinopril a try. Thanks so much for posting your positive experience! I hope your good luck with this medication continues!!

      1. Thank you for sharing your kind words with us. It can be challenging to find the right migraine treatment plan. Try not to lose hope, there are over 100 medications, supplements, devices, complementary therapies and lifestyle modifications that can be used to treat migraine disease and most of us are on a combination of these - I sure am!
        Please keep us posted on how things are going and if you try Lisinopril.
        Nancy Harris Bonk, Patient Leader/Moderator Team

    3. I do want to mention that one of the common side effects of Lisinopril is a dry cough. I experience this also but I am more than willing to put up with it rather than have frequent migraines. The coughing comes on a few times each day but really only lasts a short time. It’s like having a slight tickle way back in your throat that causes one to cough.

      My migraines have not completely stopped but it’s more like one every 6 weeks or two months or so.

      Hope this helps you as much as it did me!

      1. no migraines or ANY headaches for 11 days. That’s quite remarkable for me! I DID want to mention the bone loss associated with lisinopril. My parents have been taking it for years so my mom wanted to emphasize bone health, ie., eat your prunes! Take your Mg, K2 and D! And yes, if the cough stays like this, who cares?
        Thanks again for your post.

      2. This is great news! 11 days without head pain is wonderful! That must feel amazing.
        Keep us posted, and I hope today is another good one! Nancy Harris Bonk, Patient Leader/Moderator Team

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