My name is Linda and I am 53 years old. I have had migraines for the past 18 years. I take Amerge 2.5mg to control the migraines. I take 18 pills every 25 days, which works fine for me. I get the headaches almost daily, but use to get them on a couple times per month when I was much younger. Is it ok to take this drug long term without negative side affects? The different classes of drugs to curtail frequency do not work for me and I have had many CAT scans to verify that no tumors exist . Linda.
Nobody really knows the long-term effects of taking triptans such as Amerge as frequently as you do.
With a "headache" nearly daily though, I have to wonder if the Amerge is contributing to the problem by causing medication overuse headache (MOH), aka rebound. Taking Migraine abortive meds such as the triptans (including Amerge) or ergotamines or any kind of pain me...
Taking medication for long-term health problems has made a major contribution to lengthening and improving our lives. In many countries living into the eighties and nineties has become very common. However, drugs can cause side-effects and when doctors prescribe them they know there may be a price to pay.
Here at OurAlzheimer's we have reported on a number of studies that highlight issues with medications, drug interactions and the difficulties of diagnosing and treating co-existing conditions . The need to minimize harm can be a difficult balance and research such as this does add to the body of knowledge and help improve lives in the long term.
Scientists from the University of East Anglia in the U.K., in the first systematic investigation, looked into the effect medicines have on acetylcholine, a chemical in the brain. The research, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found many commonly used drugs, both prescription and non prescription, appea...
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