People who take sumatriptan for migraines

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  • #4448

    bosworth
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    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.

  • #4449

    skipper
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    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.

  • #4450

    connie
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    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.

  • #4451

    cat
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    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.

  • #4452

    sophie
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    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.

  • #4453

    Fi
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    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.

  • #4454

    mel
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    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.

  • #4455

    alec
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    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.

  • #4456

    pippy
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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.

  • #4457

    ella
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    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)

    My migraines started to get less and less and it occurred to me that my body had become that addicted to the syndol that it was actually giving me headaches so I would take them. I’d only ever read about that happening.

    I suffer occasionally from what I would class as a migraine, and get bad headaches a few times a month, which I sort with co-codamol. Syndol is back on the market without that ingredient, but I don’t use it anymore.

    • #4458

      sophie
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      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.

  • #4459

    Kerry
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    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.

  • #4460

    lilly
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    My mum used to get dreadful headaches and went onto proprananol as nothing else worked for her. Propananol is a beta blocker and reduce stress hormones and reduce blood pressure and heart rate.

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