• I am prescribed zomig for migraines but if it’s a sicky one I find syndol works better.

    If I’ve got a headache that feels like it’ll get worse I have to be selective as to what I take as sometimes paracetamol or ibru won’t touch them. I get about 2 days of awful headaches during my time of the month and I just take syndol there is no point trying ibru or paracetamol as they won’t touch them.

  • Syndol used to work wonders for me. I remember the panic when it was taken off the market – I had friends in similar situations who were importing them from goodness knows where at ridiculously high prices.

    I probably should not admit that I bought the Syndol muscle relaxant component separately and found that it worked well with paracetamol. I am sure my GP would not have approved but I did not tell her, and it did work for me – but as with Syndol, it meant I could not drive having taken them so it was not a long-term solution.

    I then went onto sumatriptan. Marvelous when it works.

  • I suffered from terrible migraines from the age of 11-made me sick aswell. We landed upon Syndol which was the only thing that worked for me. It had a drug in it that is used in some sleeping tablets- sort of like a muscle relaxant. But my headaches/migraines were very frequent and I was taking syndol several times a week. Then about 8 or 9 years ago it got discontinued I think due to a licensing problem with the muscle relaxant ingredient. I remember being in an absolute panic because I had visions of my life being blighted by constant migraines again. I had a couple of packs stock piled and became very strict with myself about taking them, reserving them for simply dreadful vomiting migraines and just trying co-codamol for the rest (nothing else even touched them)

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  • It used to work wonders, doesn’t do too much for me now. If I catch a migraine early enough it will be 50/50 if it works. Hated the nasal spray, made me feel so tired and I would fall asleep within minutes of the spray.

  • Sumatriptan has been marvelous for me – but also finding some food triggers for my migraines have also helped reduce them and their frequency/intensity.

    Luckily I don’t get too many general headaches.

  • I take Rizatriptan for a migraine but bog standard paracetamol works for a normal headache. Migraines are anything but a ‘normal’ headache and no painkillers ever touch those.

    I couldn’t take Sumatriptan due to heart palpitations so swapped to Rizatriptan. There are very strict rules around not taking more than 2 in a 48 hour period though, due to the nature of the ‘triptan’ drugs. They’re exceptionally strong and mess with your brain so taking them for a ‘normal’ headache may not be a good idea.

  • If I have an ordinary headache I take Anadin Extra. Paracetamol has never worked for me, nor Ibuprofen.

    Sumatriptan is like a miracle drug for me, works every time.

  • I have recently switched from Sumatriptan to Zomig – Sumatriptan just wasn’t always shifting migraine, even the nasal spray.

    I am prone to cluster headaches that last 3 – 4 days too and paracetamol only lessens them, it doesn’t get rid. Cocodomol does a better job but wipes me out.

    I am not sure if Paracetamol has become less effective for me, or the headaches have just got worse.

  • It does get rid of my migraines usually if I take it quickly enough. Although if I wake with one it is harder to get rid of.

  • I used to get awful migraines and the doctor prescribed me with this drug. It worked infrequently and I didn’t rate it much at all.

    In the end, I took drastic action and stopped all medication. I then took myself off the Pill. I think coming off the Pill is what finally allowed me to begin life migraine free.

  • I take sumitriptan for migraines. I have found that normal painkillers dont really help but according to the leaflet with sumatriptan for normal headaches you shouldn’t take it.

  • Do you find that paracetamol or ibuprofen no longer works for ordinary headaches?

    Nothing gets rid of a headache for me now unless it’s sumatriptan, which gets rid of any headache or migraine within an hour or so thank goodness.

  • I watched a documentary on her recently. I wish she’d known how important her short life was.

  • Henrietta Lacks……….born 1920, died 1951.

    This woman has unknowingly enabled a wide range of research and contributed to many medical breakthroughs from the development of the polio vaccine, studying and treating cancer, “first cells in space”, in vitro fertilization and many more ……….and the start of medical ethical debate on consent. Cells were isolated from her cancer and were the first cell lines to be able to be grown in culture, they have grown for over 65 years…….modern science and medicine would be a different place without her.


  • Shajar sounds pretty cool. Two more I’ve thought to add are Rachel Carson, whose book Silent Spring was so influential in the modern conservation and environmental movement, and Eleanor Roosevelt who was influential in the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

  • tigg replied to the topic Women who changed the world in the forum General Banter 1 year ago

    I love the forgotten tales of awesome women and my favorite are all the really old ones, I have a soft spot for women who became pirates too like Ching Shih and Gráinne Mhaol, while hugely important in their own right maybe can’t be said to have changed the whole world? Change the world is a huge ask……

    One of my favorites who surely does deserve the ‘world changing’ title is Shajar al-Durr.

    Shajar started life as a slave somewhere around 1220 and was purchased by a man who would one day become Sultan. But unfortunately just as King Louis IX of France had assembled a crusader army to invade, the Sultan up and died. Inconvenient or what! Shajar then decided the best course of action was to pretend the Sultan was still alive issuing decrees under his name. She disposed of the Sul…[Read more]

  • beckyE replied to the topic Women who changed the world in the forum General Banter 1 year ago

    I would say Eglantyne Jebb and Cicely Saunders changed the world.

  • connie replied to the topic Women who changed the world in the forum General Banter 1 year ago

    Anita Roddick. Both by showing my generation that women could build a big business from scratch and for being the first retailer to put it onto every high street that the earth mattered. She left every penny to charity when she died, as well.

  • connie replied to the topic Women who changed the world in the forum General Banter 1 year ago

    Queen Victoria?

  • Sammy replied to the topic Women who changed the world in the forum General Banter 1 year ago

    Margaret Thatcher (not in a good way!)

    Anyone who was a suffragette

    Marie Curie

    Florence Nighingale

    Marie Pasteur

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