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Which medications have you taken for migraines? What works, and what doesn't?

Comment from: M, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I had migraines from age 18 to 26, they seemed to correlate with my college years and smoking cigarettes. I would get them seasonally spring, fall winter. The only drug that every helped and took them away within a day was Furanol. I don"t even know if they have it anymore but worth a try.

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Comment from: Joan, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 13

Imitrex only worked a few times. Zomig is my go-to medication. If I take it when I begin to have symptoms (any noise is too much) then I take a 30-minute rest and the headache is gone.

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Comment from: ducf, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I use divalproex sodium extended release (Depakote ER) every morning for prevention and Butalbital/apap/caffeine 50/32 for breakthrough headaches. They both work really well.

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Comment from: Lindalou40, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 15

Starting in 1982 I suffered for years with migraine headaches with auras, the non-relenting nausea, sensitivity to light and flashing lights during my first pregnancy. With medication not an option during those long nine months. After delivery my doctor put me on Effexor XR (extended relief). No more pain or nausea. However, the auras continued which I could deal with better than the awful pain. Then one month the auras stopped. I'm now living with better attitude! Good Luck to all I've been there!

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Comment from: cccrzr, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 15

Imitrex is the only pill I take for migraines. It takes 1-2 hours to take effect. Also, Esgic is a good one, but be careful not to take it for a long time, as I have found that it causes rebound headaches. Migraines affect my eyes, as well.

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