I've been taking sumatripitan for eight years and my doctor quit prescribing it because of my age. I am 56. I take naproxen daily for my back but it doesn't help with migraines. Also can't take excederine migraine because of the aspirin. When i get these they last about four days. I wish she hadnt stopped my meds because the sumatripitan was working great for me! Thank you for any help
My opinion is NO. Unfortunately there is nothing over the counter as good as Sumatriptan/Imitrex.
Unless you have cardio side effects such as high blood pressure, heart palpitations etc. I would ask your doctor for a Sumatriptan prescription.
I myself take Sumatriptan subcutaneously. If I have a migraine, it takes an injection only 10 to 12 minutes
before I feel relief.
Finally, if you're unable to get a prescription for Sumatriptan and must rely on OTC migraine med's keep in mind a good amount of the them contain caffeine. Caffeine itself is a powerful ingredient that taken in large doses can cause multiple issues. i.e. cause shaking, irritability & keep you awake.
Before making "any" decisions I would consult a doctor, for it is they who have the knowledge.
Best of luck!
Tweety60; I agree with best, You should talk to the doctor about other medications to prevent migraines there are several other types of medications that you can take daily to help those of us the suffer from chronic migraine problems. there is more than one way to do this. If your doctor won't help you then it's time you see another doctor. or at least go to a doctor that works with just Migraine problems. Chuck1957
You could try talking to your doctor about doing a compounded version of sumatriptan where you apply it topically to the back or your scalp. I work at a compounding pharmacy and ran into a similar situation with an older woman and talked to the provider and switched the medication to the compounded cream version and it worked well for her. There are also other medications that you could try as a compounded version that may help with migraines. It would be worth talking to your doctor about these types of options. If you have questions or need information on what to talk to your doctor about let me know. I don't mind giving you some information on what you could try.
Another pain pill that works well for migraines is Maxalt. When I read about Sumatriptan it says to let your doctor know about a whole lot of conditions, including "if you are a woman who is past menopause". However I am 64 years old and my doctor has no problem with me taking it for my migraines, but no more than 3 days a week. If you were taking it daily, then that should be a problem. If you take any pain reliever more than 3 days a week, then you risk rebound migraines, so I wonder about the effect of your Naproxen. Maybe it's not one that is considered a problem for that. FYI, Naproxen increases your risk of fatal heart attack or stroke, especially if you use it long term or take high doses, or if you have heart disease. Naproxen may also cause stomach or intestinal bleeding, which can be fatal.
BTW, my doctor put me on 4 tablets of B2 a day which the reports say that it cuts the number of days with migraines in half. Also I take Petadolex (an herbal) which has helped. Plus I take Magnesium and COQ10. But what has helped me the most--it has almost completely stopped my migraines is acupuncture. Good luck. Migraines are the worst.
You said "can't take Excedrin migraine because of the aspirin", I just take the "Tension Headache" excedrin or copy cats, "Tension headache" version is no magic brew just for tension headaches as they'd love you to think, it just means "no aspirin" nowadays - just check the ingredients. For who knows why it's a little harder to find, but Target and even Dollar Tree stock their generic brands.
These have only caffeine and acetaminophen (aka Tylenol). Works for me for migraines just as good as regular with aspirin does (I can take either)
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