What does everyone take for migraines?

I’m new to the forum and have been having mild migraines everyday for over a month now. My doctor has suggested I try an antidepressant medication. I have seen people on thes types of medication and it wasn’t good. I’m very hesitant to try that route. Thanks in advance!


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  • LindaCSmith
    9 months ago

    Hi Nikki08,
    I live with hemiplegic migraine – it took about 10 years to get the actual diagnosis then another few years to find a preventative that works for me. The sad thing is that it kind of is a ‘trial and error’ to find what works for you. Because my episodes happened sudden and without warning most of the time my only recourse was to find a preventative. I’ve tried things like verapamil and interferon [one doctor thought I had MS]. Depakote helps some people and fortunately, it helps me. I still live lots of other minor symptoms – including severe headaches/migraine [but only at night for some reason], but at least I haven’t had a paralyzing episode in years. [cross my fingers]

  • Ronan
    9 months ago

    Hi Nikki08,

    Others have addressed the medication issue. I’m wondering about the other symptoms that usually go along with a migraine attack. Thank goodness the pain is mild for you. How are you managing all the other symptoms? These are what get me. Pain is managble, but after my system is back to normal and all other symptoms are gone, what I thought was mild turned out to be fairly severe.

    Glad you found the site.

  • flaca1969
    9 months ago

    Hi Nikki08. I am a chronic migraine sufferer and I have used Sumatriptan injectors and they are a god send. When I use them I do the injection in my upper arm. I also take Sumatriptan pills 100 mg. tablets. Talk to your doctor about them. I hope you can find relief.

  • GardensatNight
    9 months ago

    Hi Nikki,

    There are lots of medications out there to try for migraine prevention. What works for one person may not work for another, and what is ineffective for someone may be another person’s perfect solution. You just have to give medications a shot and see how your body reacts.

    The three categories of medications that doctors usually try first are anti-depressants, beta blockers, and anti-convulsants. Some people take two or three of those in combination, plus things like botox.

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    9 months ago

    HI Nikki08,

    Thank you for your question and being here – we’re glad you found us!

    I take an antidepressant for both migraine disease and depression and find it helpful as do many other patients I know. There are other options for migraine prevention than antidepressant. However, amitriptyline (an antidepressant) is often used first for migraine disease prevention. Let me share more information on migraine prevention medication in this article; https://migraine.com/blog/migraine-preventives-start/.

    Sometimes it can take a combination of medications and/or supplements to manage migraine disease! I hope others will be along shortly to share their experiences with you.

    Nancy

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