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Beta Blockers

  • By Teri Robert

    Valerie,
    Inderal worked great for me for several years. It stopped working after several years, but while it was working for me, it was wonderful.
    Teri

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  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    Valerie, I didn’t have success with it, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t. Remember, each patient is different. What works for one won’t for another. It often works for patients and it’s something most headache specialists will at least consider at some point. Remember that a trial of any drug may take weeks to months, so have patience. You don’t want to discard something that just needed a few more weeks to finally kick in and work for you. Good luck 🙂

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  • By Beverlyrs

    I have been on Inderal for 20 years. I can say that I can function while having a migraine now. I go a little slower, and I still have an ache in my my head if the migraine is bad enough, but the important thing is, I can function. The only thing Inderal has not helped is the aura. I get the aura no matter what, but barely any head pain, if any at all. I was origionally given Inderal for mitro valve prolapse. Shortly after they increased the dosage to 40mg twice a day for my migraines. I have not been laid up since. I can go to work, etc. My doctor recently told me that the Inderal did the trick for my heart valve, so I asked him if I could get off the meds, he said…if you want migraines ! So I will be on Inderal for life.

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    • By Dollychris

      I was given Propanalol Beta Blockers and they did not work for me. I felt so ill and my blood pressure was raised significantly. They actually caused my Hemiplegic migraine to occur even more often. My new GP took me off them (slowly) and prescribed a low dose of Amitryptiline that have helped somewhat. I also take sumatriptan and take an extra Amitryptiline
      During attacks with 2 painkillers and sumatriptan. It gets me through and helps better than previous treatments.

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  • By wildnoodle79

    my dr refuses to consider beta blockers…i have a public aid medical card so i dont think she wants to put forth much effort…any advice? im thinking neurologist is my next step…

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  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    Wildnoodle79, You didn’t say what your doctor’s reasoning was for not wanting you on beta blockers. There may be a very good reason… or not. It’s worth a conversation though… if that doesn’t work, then a neurologist or better yet – headache specialist – would be a good next step.

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  • By jillybean

    I have been on Inderal for 9 months now and it is working incredibly well. I used to be getting migraines once a week with no relief and now it’s maybe every couple of months. My doctor also prescribed a good pain killer to deal with the break through headaches, and it’s been 3 months since I last had a migraine. I hope Inderal works as great for you as it has for me!

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  • By debbieschankula

    My doctor has given me 3 options for fighting the hormonal migraines I get.
    Procardia, the bc pill (which I was on for 15 yrs) or the nuva ring.
    Anyone used those?

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  • By alig0118

    Thank you so much for writing about your successes with Inderal. My neurologist just prescribed it for me and I was hesitant about taking it. I have a much better feeling it will help.

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  • By Teania

    Okay I’m more wondering, what do beta-blockers actually do? I’ve recently been prescribed Propranolol and the only thing I know about it is that I can now say my medication actually has lol in the name.

    …lol

    but really what do beta-blockers do? And why are they supposed to help us?

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  • By Susan Benavidez

    I’ve been taking propranalol 80 mg ER for about 4 years and I don’t think it’s working now.I also take several other meds for prevention,they aren’t working either.I changed doctors due to change in medical insurance,they changed my meds,even after being given my med list. I can’t take these migraines any more. It seems like I just can’t catch a break, this last attack has lasted 2 days shy of 2 weeks.Any words of wisdom?

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    • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

      Hi Susan,

      I can understand your frustration having extended periods of migraine (or any) pain. We change
      doctors, medications, try to health healthy, exercise but still have migraine pain – it stinks!

      As we know lengthy periods of migraine pain are exhausting and down right depressing, but can also be risky to our health. We don’t like to see migraine pain last longer then 72 hours because it may increase our risk of a conditions called status migrainous and stroke. Let me share some information with you on this; https://migraine.com/blog/what-is-status-migrainosus/

      There are times when our preventive plan doesn’t seem to be as effective as it was. Is this the first time in four years you feel your migraine prevention medication isn’t working? If so, was there anything out of the ordinary that may have triggered this attack? The weather this winter has been problematic for many of us combining this with other known (or unknown) triggers that can be the perfect set up for a nasty migraine cycle. Here is information on weather triggers and triggers in general for you; https://migraine.com/blog/migraine-triggers-the-power-of-weather/ and https://migraine.com/blog/migraine-management-essential-trigger-management/. Something to keep in mind is our triggers can change over time too, which I find very irritating. Raw onions didn’t trigger a migraine for me until a few years ago and odors are really becoming problematic too.

      On the other hand if you are confident about trigger identification and management (including sleeping, and staying hydrated) and feel your migraine prevention plan has been losing its effectiveness over time, then it’s time to talk with your doctor about a dose adjustment or new medication. Ellen wrote an interesting piece on migraine prevention you may want to take a look at; https://migraine.com/blog/risky-business/.

      I hope this is helpful, please let us know how you are doing.

      Nancy

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