I have a Traumatic Brain Injury(TBI) Midrin was the only medication that helped and it has been taken off the market why? I was informed last week when My Doctor okayed again my refill that Midrin was taken off the market? Why? This is the only medication that has helped me for 2 years with my terrible head pain. Looking for answers. The Pharmacistist didnt even know why it was taken off the market. So something that finally helps my terrible pain and you take it off the market why?? Thank You. Nanette Diocson
Why was Midrin taken off the market?
Question posted by Diocson56 on 16 March 2011
Last updated on 10 May 2019 by Mazza-H
Use/sale of Anything containing isometheptine is a violation of the federal court order banning it. There are no alternatives for Midrin because all of the alternative medications contain this drug. Personally as a 30 year migraine sufferer receiving 40 injections every 10 weeks and relying on Midrin as a breakthrough med.. I think the fda would prefer that I visit a local ER and be pumped with medications that incapacitate me. It’s shameful that people with this DISABILITY are cornered at the mercy of decision makers that enforce guidelines without any consideration for those affected.
Just a recommendation on migraines, not Midrin. From the time I was 14 or 15 I would get headaches with vision loss, tingling in my extremities, numbness in throat and face and inability to speak correctly. I had all kinds of tests, horrible tests back then because MRIs and CTs weren't around yet. I was given every medication including pain medications, nothing worked. I ended up visiting the ER and was given an injection of three drugs, pain medicines and sent home to sleep it off. By my early twenties I worked in the hospital and became good friends with a neurologist who happened to be around once when my vision loss began. He took me to the ER examined me and gave me 50 mg of Benadryl and two Excedrin (this was before extra-strength and migraine Excedrin was around). My vision returned in record time, the tingling and numbness went away as well, That left me with just the headache, which didn't take long to go away.
That has been my go regimen ever since. I keep Benadryl and Excedrin in my purse, in my home, in my car, and at work. I have learned if I take it as soon as the aura starts it goes away quicker. It isn't perfect I still have some bad migraines and had to go to the ER, but it is more like twice a year instead of 4 or 5 times a month. Give it a try. You may be surprised!
The FDA said the pharmaceutical companies had to do the extensive testing that was not required in 1962 when Midrin came on the market. While Midrin had not been found to be a problem, it never had the extensive testing. It is not financially worth it for the pharmaceutical companies to spend so much on testing a relatively inexpensive medicine. Compounding pharmacies can make it with a prescription written with each ingredient and the amount. They make the pills themselves. Not all doctors are familiar with this and you may have to change doctors to find one who will write a prescription for a compounding pharmacy. Insurance companies vary in whether and how much they will cover a compounding pharmacy medicine. My insurance company covers it after I had a small stroke to go without it. I had a complex migraine that lasted 11 days and did not end until I found out about compounding pharmacies. Midrin is the only medicine that works for me. Acupuncture may also be helpful to some, which my insurance covers for pain.
Midrin has not been take off the market. I was prescribed midrin for migraine, it didn't help. The only medication that works for me is Fioricet. You should try it. It relieves the pressure unlike anything else I have tried.
My doctor prescribed Midrin to me yesterday. He informed me that the original manufacturer of the drug no longer makes it, and 4 of the 5 generic companies no longer make it. He told me it would be hard to find, but if I could find it, it should work out good. I found it at Pinebrook Pharmacy in Brooksville, Florida. Their phone number is 352-610-4347. Maybe you could have your pharmacy contact them and find out where they get it from. My insurance would not cover it, but it cost me $39 for a month supply. Hope this helps.
Midrin has been discontinued from the manufacturer but you can still get them at Northbay Family Compounding Pharmacy (NBFCP dot com). Have your doctor call us at 707-421-1117 along with your information. Someone at the Pharmacy will contact you and then mail out your RX to your home. Call us if you have any questions.
According to our family physician Midrin is still off the market. My daughter suffers from migraines. When we asked for a new presciption for Midrin he informed us that it was taken off of the market. Which it is ashame, because it worked great for my daughter's migraines. However, the doctor gave her a new prescription similar to Midrin, called Prodrin ( I believe that is the name).
Midrin has finally been put back on the market, but it is MUCH more expensive than it was before. I think the pharmaceutical company has realized how many people depend on this medication. Therefore, the price has risen to nearly ten times the original price before they took it off the market. I am now able to get it again, at ten times the price!
I've taken Midrin or its generic for years for my migraines. It works great for me. But I've also gotten the run around about what is and isn't manufactured any more. I've heard the generics are no longer made, but Midrin is and the manufacturer is overwhelmed with orders, so it's next to impossible to get.
I've also been told that Midrin itself is no longer made, but there are generics available. And I've also found that it depends on the pharmacy you go to. I had to shop around to get my last script, because not all had inventory. And, believe it or not, I was told my last script was a generic of a generic. It was ISOMETHEPT-DICHLORALP-ACETAMIN which is just the ingredients and no actual name such as Duradin or Midrin, etc.
I'm still looking for an answer. I react strangely to many medications and I don't want to try something else. I can never know when I might get a headache and Midrin has no side effects for me. My job requires that I carry a gun and if I have to change to a medication that inhibits my judgement or ability to do my job, I'll be forced to take time off when I don't want to and can't afford it. And that might also cause my employer to find a way to fire me. I'm sure I'm not the only migraine sufferer who has issues with employers. Unless you're bleeding, you are often seen as faking, to get time off. Midrin has been a life saver in such situations.
Ellen, I think Midrin is suppose to work best for those who get an aura before the headache. I am one of those. I have about 15 minutes to take Midrin after I get the aura. I take two caps at first, then one cap an hour, until I've taken 5 in total. I can't take more than 5 in 12 hour period. Following these instructions, I don't get the headache. It works great for this purpose.
I don't think it works that well for someone with another type of migraine. And, if I wake up with a headache, because I got the aura while asleep, or I don't get to the medication within that 15 minute time frame, Midrin does little for me, either. Once I have the headache, Midrin doesn't help. I think it was never intended to be. I always have 5 caps with me, in a sealed container on my key ring. My headaches were not because of an injury or accident. I've had migraines as long as I can remember.
I was told that "Midrin" no longer exists. BUT all the "generics" are made. However, I was told by pharmacy that "All generics" (such as Epidrin, Miqiun, too many to name) have quote, "stopped manufacturing." NO ONE will explain why it was stopped. Not pharmacist, doctor, etc. I have a feeling that the FDA is cracking down on meds with Tylenol in them. Because of liver damage of long time usage? I will be happy to post when I know more. I also have not seen it on the FDA newsletter as another user has noted. It has been devastating to not be able to use this drug! It too has been lifesaver for me for many, many years for TENSION headaches. I am suffering in silence so to speak. I do know of another drug for headaches that makes one with Tylenol and one with Aspirin. I was put on a muscle relaxer that is for skeletal tissue, and it does help ME but only for a few hours and limited in taking amount daily because it can suppress your breathing.
It is FLEXRIL--generic is Cyclobenzapr. Remember, this is just my own experience/opinion. If u want to communicate further we can use Facebook, etc. Just let me know. Hope Midrin generics are going to change Tylenol to Aspirin and start manufacturing again! I will do a full Internet search and post any answers I find regarding Midrin.
I think that you may have been mistaken. Midrin is still on the market. Maybe that drug store has chosen not to sell it anymore, or it is backordered. The only other thing that I can think of is that they are changing the Tylenol dosage on the meds. I have the FDA update that comes every time the FDA issues a recall or a new medication, and Midrin has NOT been listed as taken off the market. I also looked up Midrin on Drugs.com, and it still is listed also. Try another pharmacy. Good luck!!
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