As a migraine sufferer for far too many years, I found that the only relief came with Zomig. However, my GP is now refusing to presribe this and has suggested taking topiramate everyday as a preventative. I have just gone through 3 days of absolute HELL. A sledgehammer would have been the answer if I had had one. Help!
Topiramate could work for you, but it is a very dirty drug so I would tell your doctor to go fly a kite and prescribe you the Zomig. If not, you need to find a neurologist that specializes in migraines. Most large hospitals, especially teaching hospitals, have a clinic on property with doctors that do nothing other than help people with migraines. This is your best bet.
I took topamax two different times since 2005... first time for 2-1/2 years... first..make no mistake... in my experience it did help with migraines ..but at a price... I went from 93 pounds to 80 pounds in 3 weeks... shaking hands... a stutter that remains to this day... vision problems that I questioned that neurologist at the time... the enamel was coming off my teeth... and short term memory loss which I have to this day. When I was at the neurologist one afternoon a woman came in who had taken topamax for 2-4 days and lost her vision within that time frame. I immediately became weaned off... sorry to,be so wordy... but if I can tell my entire story I would... but there isn't enough computer space... do yourself a favor and STAY AWAY FROM TOPAMAX ..find a qualified neurologist who his a migraine/headache specialist... these terms are not synonymous... also I highly recommend migraine.com a very helpful website with informative articles posted biweekly .
I cannot stress to you enough, just how dirty this medication is. I could not get words out, concentrate, or remember anything. I felt like I was only allowed to use 1/4 of my brain. And this medication also made my anxiety sooo much worse. I've suffered from migraines since 2003, I would rather suffer through the pain than ever go back to topiramate. Run from this drug.
Headache Specialists at Headache Centers DO prescribe Topamax at times when the patient is deemed a good candidate to try it. However, they are also usually extraordinarily thorough with each patient and work with headache disorders exclusively.
Having said that, I find it odd that any doctor would pull you off of a rescue Rx (in your case, the Triptan med Zomig) that has been working for your attacks to replace it with a preventative only!!
I know fellow Migraneurs who take Topamax successfully (as in, it helps reduce their migraines from occuring, and the keyword there is REDUCE as those I know on it still have a rescue med Rx (such as a Triptan like Zomig)
BUT it takes some time to work AND to find the ideal dosage level for each patient.
The preventative and the rescue meds are completely different drugs and the only possible thing I can think is perhaps your doctor thinks you are getting rebound headaches from overuse of the rescue med (this is a complicated issue but it is not to imply you are at fault at all; try Googling it if you'd like).
There is no cure for Migraine, and there is no one universal treatment for it,
My opinion is to at least find a highly rated neurologist in your area, preferably one with a special interest in Headaches, or try finding the closest Headache Center to you.
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