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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...
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