Topamax is a preventative migraine treatment - it usually takes a few weeks before it really works as a preventative. It is supposed to lessen or prevent the number of migraines you get.
There are many 'abortives' that can help once you get a migraine - these abort or stop the migraine in it's tracks. If I can catch my migraine at the very beginning, my abortive works within an hour. If my migraines is already full-blown (like if I wake up with it), my abortive can take up to 3 hours to abort it.
I would call your physician and get a prescription for an abortive. This should really help.View Thread
Hi Rosie - That's great your combination of meds is working for you. I just haven't had much success with prescribed meds.
I am hopeful about the Butterbur because I have had 15 - 25 migraines a month for over 20 years now. If I can even cut the number down by just a few - I'd be thrilled. Having a few more days in a row being migraine-free is my goal, so I can actually work on projects, or get something done. I can take up to 5 Zomig a day for my migraines, if I have to, but usually 1-2 works each time (with a strong cup of coffee & 1 Alleve) to get rid of it. My only complaint with Zomig is I am so tired that day, and a few days later also. I am not a person who likes to just sit around, but with this many migraines, I can't do much else until I get relief. (Which for me can be 2-4 hours after taking Zomig etc.)
I'll keep you posted how my trial with Butterbur works next Mon. (my second completed week with it). ShirleyView Thread
Hi Rosie - The Petadolex Pro-active supplement has 50 mg. of Butterbur extract per pill. Initially you have to take 3 pills a day, for a month (like usual with natural supplements). I've only been on it for one week. I had a migraine on the each of the first 3 days, then no migraine on the next 4 days. Yesterday I started my second week and I had a migraine, but no migraine today. I have always been lucky (?) to have 1-2 days a week without a migraine, so this is better so far. I want to be on it for a full month before I continue to take it on a regular basis. After the first month, you take just 2 pills a day for a few weeks. After that you can try just one pill a day. Petadolex brand has a patented processing system to remove the toxins that are normally in Butterbur extract, therefore it is the safest Butterbur you can buy. I have opted to take this one. Butterbur supports healthy blood vessel tone as well as normal blood flow in the brain. It has given me no side effects and I'm tolerating it well. I want to use this as a preventative, as I take none. I only take an abortive - Zomig - after I get a migraine. Are you on a medicine preventative? None of them ever worked well enough for me. I have had good luck with other natural supplements, so I am always willing to try them. I will let you know after the end of the second week how it is working. ShirleyView Thread
I started on a 3 a day regiment of this supplement 6 days ago. I will continue to be on this for 3 more weeks, before reducing the dosage to 2 a day. Like most supplements, it does take awhile for it to work. I am hopeful that it will help me cut-down on the number of migraines I have during a month. Petadolex has been around for a very long time, but it appears they are the only ones that have a patented process that remove the toxins that are normally in Butterbur. So I am confident trying this product. (I use supplements for other ailments and I know them to work. Besides, I love the fact there are no side-effects. The natural toxins, if not removed properly, can cause stomach-cramping.) There are other supplements out there, but I felt most comfortable trying this one. I'll keep you posted. ShirleyView Thread
I recently read some information on this and I am thinking of trying it. Has anyone had success with this supplement in preventing or reducing the severity of their migraines? I have acute chronic migraines (15-25) each month - I just had 2 migraine-free days and today starts another headache cycle. I have tried most of the prescribed medications and even had a spinal implant. They just didn't work and the medical doctors are at a loss for what else I can do. I've used herbs and natural compounds (made at our local pharmacy lab), for other ailments/conditions and they always give me enough relief to be able to enjoy my life - without any side-effects. (Doctor said I am side-effect sensitive.) Anyone??View Thread
I haven't posted for awhile because I've given up at ever finding anything to truly help PREVENT my migraines. I have approx. 20-25 migraines every month. The Zomig, Alleve, strong coffee combination will abort my migraine in 1-2 hours. That is my only relief right now. I have strong side effects from all current meds prescribed to prevent migraines - Topomax, Neurontin, Lyrica, Oxycontin. I had a spinal implant and tried it for 1 year - didn't help, so I had it removed. I recently read that Butterbar extract can help. Has anyone tried this and any other SUPPLEMENTS that can help? I'm tired of prescribed drugs that cause more side effects than they are worth. What about Acupuncture - is it recommended for chronic migraines? Botox is something I have no desire to try - poison. Feeling pretty discouraged. ShirleyView Thread
I took the brand-name Topamax many years ago but I discontinued it (because of the expense and because I was taking 4 additional meds at the same time for other conditions). I weaned myself from the other drugs and I was thrilled Topamax finally went to a generic. I started on it last August. (I have chronic acute migraines - 15/20 per mo. - that started when I was 16.) Initially I saw a small decrease in the number of migraines (only 3 in one week), but then they consistently increased. I had 4 last week and I am on my 5th one this week. Not only have they increased, but the time of day that I get them has changed. Whereas my migraines always came on @ 2:30 am before, now they come on late morning, early afternoon, early evening, or at bedtime. One or two doses of Zomig always stopped my migraines - now this doesn't even work. I am allowed to take up to 5 Zomig a day but I prefer not to. I need a preventative to work for me.
I thought how could this be? I am glad to see I am not the only one that has had problems with this generic. I will be talking to my doctor next week. Thanks so much for the input. I'll post again after I am on the brand-name Topamax.View Thread
I agree with you totally. I have one cup of coffee every morning just because I like it. I will drink a cup of coffee when I take a Zomig and it does make the meds work faster for me. But...I had a migraine this week that was worse than usual and I had to take another dose of Zomig (with coffee) to finally get it under control. I am glad I don't have these difficult ones very often.View Thread