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  • By September2014

    I currently use Midrin for my headaches. This helps my migraines significantly. This medicine was previously discontinued. My Dr. gave me a prescription for a compounding pharmacy. So being unavailable is not an excuse for using this drug. It has recently come back on the market through Macoven Pharmaceuticals. Midrin was discontinued because it was developed before the FDA became involved with product approval. That is the only reason. It was not because the ingredients were dangerous.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi September2014,

    Thanks for sharing that information with use. I too use a midrin equivalent and it works well to stop the migraine process. The only problem is my insurance won’t cover it and it is about $250. I try to stretch it as far as possible – which is not always a good thing.

    You are correct, this medication was not discontinued do to ingredients, but because it was made before the FDA’s current approval method. We have information about this here; https://migraine.com/blog/midrin-migraine-october-2011-update/.

    Nancy

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  • By Kerrie Smyres Moderator

    Nancy,

    I pay about $1 per capsule using the GoodRx discount (http://www.goodrx.com/) or getting it from Costco’s pharmacy (you don’t have to be a member) or a compounding pharmacy. Still not cheap, but I’m guessing you aren’t getting 250 capsules for your $250!

    Kerrie

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  • By Kerrie Smyres Moderator

    GoodRx can be unreliable (which is why I haven’t written a post about it). Meds are sometimes more or less than the price listed. Usually it’s within a few dollars, but generic Ritalin was once $50 more than listed! Pharmacists have told me this usually only happens with controlled substances, so Midrin shouldn’t be an issue.

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  • By Tammy Rome

    I have also used GoodRx to help with the cost of medications. Not only do the prices change once you get to the pharmacy, they can also change from refill to refill. We get my husband’s Sumatriptan using a GoodRx discount and have paid anywhere from $15 to $45 for the same 9 pills. It’s all greatly reduced from the retail price, but can be difficult to budget for when the price keeps changing.

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  • By Kerrie Smyres Moderator

    I’ve found CVS to be the most consistent with pricing, both in the cost compared to what GoodRx quotes and from one month to the next.

    Not sure which kind or dose of sumatriptan your husband uses, but healthwarehouse.com has good prices on some forms of it.

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  • By Lukesmom

    I use the drug equivalent to Midrin and had used it prior to it being pulled off the market several years ago. So I was thrilled when I found out from my Neuro that it was available again. Midrin is one of the first rescue drugs I use when a migraine hits because of its reliability in pain relief and lack of side effects. Thankfully my insurance covers this drug except for my co-pay. It does make me feel a little sleepy though but usually I am laying down when I have a Migraine so it helps me fall asleep which is a good side effect for me.

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