I have good news for those of you who depended on Midrin for Migraines or tension-type headaches. I've confirmed that Macoven Pharmaceutical out of Magnolia, Texas, is producing and shipping their Midrin equivalent medication across the United States.
The problems with Midrin and other medications equivalent to Midrin have been going on for nearly a year now. Midrin was introduced long enough ago that it predated the current FDA drug approval process. During the many years between the time that the FDA approval process went info effect and the time that Midrin was discontinued, none of the pharmaceutical companies producing these medications did the required clinical trials and applied for FDA approval. So, first Midrin was discontinued, then the equivalent medications - medications with the same ingredients - were pulled from the market. Since Midrin was never approved by the FDA, there technically weren't generics; there were equivalent drugs. For more background on this, inc...
What is a medication that treats severe migraines that is equivalent Topamax, but does not have the memory loss side effect? Zahra.
Most of the medications of that type have the potential for some cognitive side effects, but Topamax does seem to be one of the worst. There are several others you can discuss with your doctor, including:
zonisamide (brand name Zonegran)
divalproex sodium (brand name Depakote)
gabapentin (brand name Neurontin)
You can find a full listing in Migraine preventive medications – too many options to give up!
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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