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One med that’s helped more than any other

I’m 60 and have had migraines since age 6, chronic since age 30. I’ve been through the gamut…hospitalized twice at Michigan Head-Pain and Neurological Institute, nerve blocks, diet changes, about 100 different drugs.

The one thing that has made the most difference is dextromethorphan. I didn’t even realize that I had pain 24/7 until it was gone! Now I do have pain-free days.

This medicine is prescribed by my neurologist. It’s found in children’s cough syrup, but I have to take so much that it is compounded into capsules at a local apothecary. I take a low dose prophylactically (50 mg 3 times a day), and up to a total of 400 mg per day when I have pain. It helps the pain-relieving action of my Amerge.

It took me a couple months to get used to it. Most people get a little sleepy when they take it; I get jittery. But that has calmed down now. Also I can get a little upset stomach, and if I take a larger dose, I get spacey. But that’s ok because at that point, I’m lying down anyway.

It is not addictive and has few side effects.

It’s made a huge change in my life! So it’s something you might want to talk to your doctor about.

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  • mcupp
    2 years ago

    It’s exciting that you found something that helps. Was it MHNI that suggested this medication?

  • risingfromdeath
    6 years ago

    HI vicki,
    I too went to MHNI and was sent to the Chelsey community hospital. They did more wrong to me than good. I was so sick when they finally released me.
    You have just given me new hope. I have been a migraine sufferer all my life but since oct 05 they were all the time. every minute of every day they are there. I am currently on the same medicine but only for going on 3 weeks. i have not noticed anything yet but I always keep hope. Well, write you back soon. can’t look at computer screen long, hurts my migraine.

  • Vicki author
    6 years ago

    I hope you find relief. I know all too well how discouraging it is, how depressing. Now, even though I’m still sick a lot, I have enough time pain free that I’ve actually begun to hike a lot. Being outdoors has really helped me in so many ways. I’ll hold good thoughts for you, too!

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