My Experience Using Ketorolac to Abort Migraine Attacks
Last updated: August 2023
In my nearly thirty years of living with migraines, I've struggled time and time again to find a medication that effectively stopped a migraine once it had already started.
What medications have I tried in the past?
For a few years of my adult life, Fioricet was able to work as an abortive medication for my migraines, although I eventually fell into the trap where using it too much caused rebound migraines and then I was trapped in a cycle of no good.
Shortly after that, there was a period of time in which once I was "too far in" to a migraine, I had no choice but to go to the emergency room, or later, to the infusion suite at my neurologists office for an IV cocktail of medication to stop my migraine in its tracks. While not every migraine cocktail is the same, most contain some sort of triptan (an anti inflammatory medication like Imitrex), an NSAID (like Ketorolac), a steroid (like prednisone or dexamethasone) and simultaneous IV fluids for hydration as well as an anti-emetic medication to reduce nausea (like compazine, reglan or zofran).
What preventive treatments am I using?
Once I got on a migraine preventative (Qulipta) and began using Botox every three months in order to help stave off my migraines, I've experienced fewer migraines, and when I do get them, they tend to be less severe and crippling.
Although, that's not to say it doesn't happen.
Are the family and friends you will be seeing this holiday season understanding about migraine?