I take an antidepressant daily (celexa). I also suffer from migraine headaches. (at least one per week.) I know they are migraines because of the visual disturbances. I used to take imitrex. However it has a drug interaction with ssri meds. Is there a different migraine med I can try?
24 Jan 2010
"may potentiate the risk of serotonin syndrome, which is a rare but serious and potentially fatal condition thought to result from hyperstimulation of brainstem 5-HT1A and 2A receptors. Symptoms of the serotonin syndrome may include mental status changes such as irritability, altered consciousness, confusion, hallucinations, and coma; autonomic dysfunction such as tachycardia, hyperthermia, diaphoresis, shivering, blood pressure lability, and mydriasis; neuromuscular abnormalities such as hyperreflexia, myoclonus, tremor, rigidity, and ataxia; and gastrointestinal symptoms such as abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea."
im assuming your doctor has weighed the risks but if you still dont agree with taking it then you should contact the doctor for a recomendation and make sure to find out if it acts on the serotinergic systems (serotonin is 5HT if you didnt know)
25 Jan 2010
I used to have quite a few migraines and i did some research on foods that might trigger them and I was eating alot of the ones listed. Foods high in msg and nitrites, like potted meat, lunch meat, wine and wine coolers, the cheese they use in Mexican food are all examples of migraine triggering foods. Pretty much if a food is kinda fast to fix and eat or highly processed, it can trigger a migraine. I hope this might help you at least stop some of the migraines, they are not fun.
26 Jan 2010
I have been on celexa and numerous migraine abortive medications for years. Honestly, the best decision I made was to try botox to stop the migraines. It is amazing. They go totally away for 4 months at a time. I get them from a pain clinic. I rarely have to use any other medication which is a miracle in my book.
27 Jan 2010
i use propranolol as a preventative med as it is used to keep the blood vessles from constricting, ive been on it for abot 5 years, and get break through migraines every so often. I use a natural remedy called peppermint halo. Its a oil you rub on the pressure point, like temples, neck, and if you like the smell it works really well for me. hope this helps.
27 Jan 2010
i suffer fro migraines and depression also,,so at first i was takink midrin for the headaches when they started and it was not to effective.so my doctor gave me elavil i take it once a night and it has been very effective,i have only had a couple of migraines this month.when i use to have 2 or 3 a week..talk to your dr about ,i meen it may not work on you cause everyone is different but you should definately give it a try..oh yea its on the 4 dollar list at kroger
27 Jan 2010
i also suffered from migraines unitl i started taking inderal and topamax i have been on this cocktail for many years with only 1 or 2 migraines to speak of i also take pristiq an antidepressant they all seem to mix well together. it would also help you to get a trigger sheet from your neuor doctor it tells you foods that will bring on a migraine also other things like to much laughter, wind, weather changes ect. i thought it was a joke but the trigger sheet really helped me maybe there is one on line. hope this has helped you. missy
27 Jan 2010
Absolutely ! You have the same issues I do. Switch to Topomax. I take 100 mg per day of topomax with with my other med same as yours, works wonders. The only side effects I had at first were I was tired and had dry mouth so I took them at the same time always at bedtime and they subsided within a week. I'm not saying this is a cure all. However I was desperate for relief and took what you did and once I switched I was fine. I also have zomig as a back in case a big one sneaks up and immediate relief is needed asap. That one will put u to sleep, but it works. Gouda luck.
28 Jan 2010
Celexa in combination with Imitrex may cause a group of symptoms called serotonin syndrome. These symptoms can include confusion, hallucinations, a fast heartbeat, feeling faint, fever, sweating, muscle spasms, difficulty walking, and diarrhea. Imitrex is considered one of the best drugs for migraine treatment. I think you smay try NSAID's (in case if they are effective for migraine relief), you may talk to your doctor on this issue
28 Jan 2010
Have you tried topamax? I think I might be spelling it right anyway its generic is topiramate. It really helps with mine. I also suffer with Migraines did you also know that your food and antihistimines will cause them too. I also take an antidepressant along with pain meds. No processed meats (sausage) or cheeses (aged cheddar) stuff like sour dough bread. Basically a good pizza is out of the question! I got a list of thing to stay away from, from my doctor from John Hopkins 15 years ago and so far it has worked. I hope this helps you. I know how painful those migraines are. Every little sound is amplified, I get silver dots in my vision and light makes me want to poke my eyes out!
6 Mar 2010
I found that fiorcet worked for the pain. But to mangage the migraine problem i was placed on topamax and it almost took my migraines away compelty to the point where plain old aleve works just as well. I would also look into celexa i was on that after the birth of both of my daughters not connecting it at first but once I was taken off the celexa I had fewer migraines I had the same problem with lexapro. Its a pain and its scary because you dont want to take narcotics either because thats a slipperyy slope but I would defintley suggest topamax
- Celexa Information for Consumers
- Celexa Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Celexa (detailed)
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