I get daily migrains. I am on !25 mgs of Topaamx, 520 mgs of Verapamil,and 60 mgs of cymbalta.
I also take releplex or frova when the paim starts. Does any one have any ideas?.
How many days a week are you taking the Relpax or Frova. If more than two or three days a week, they could be making matters worse by causing medication overuse headaches, aka rebound. For more information on this, see Medication Overuse Headache - When the Remedy Backfires .
How long have you been taking the Topamax, verapamil, and Cymbalta? These medications can take a trial of up to three months to know if they're going to work for you. If you've given them a fair trial, it's time to try something else. If you're not making progress with your current doctor, it's time for an actual Migraine specialist. If you need assistance locating one, there's a link below to our directory of recommended specialists.
Good luck, John Claud...
Generic name: Duloxetine
Cymbalta is an antidepressant medication. It has been approved for use in treating symptoms of depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). It is also used to treat fibromyalgia and diabetic neuropathy. Cymbalta is a selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SSNRI). Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in the brain and depression has been linked to the inability to create enough serotonin. Norepinephrine is another neurotransmitter linked to depression. Cymbalta targets both serotonin and norepinephrine, unlike SSRIs, which only target serotonin. Both of these neurotransmitters can impact mood. The medication works to block the neurotransmitters from reentering the nerves, allowing more of the neurotransmitters to remain active.
Clinical trials have shown Cymbalta to improve mood, increase appetite and allow for better sleep. It can also increase energy and decrease nervousness.
Generally, this medication is started...
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