Axert limited to six per month. Insurance thing?

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    I have frequent migraines.  Several a week and headachy in between.  I take Fioricet at onset and if it doesn't work then Axert (12.5 mg).  One pill then one more after an hour.  It still doesn't work that great.  My main question is - I am only prescribed 6 Axert per month.  Is that an insurance thing or is it not advised by medical community to take more that than 6 per month.  I easily can go through  the 6 Axert in 1 week but have to ration them and end up with no meds. Thanks, Suzannah.





    Dear Suzannah;


    The limit of six Axert tablets per month is an "insurance thing." It's a cost-limiting measure, pure and simple.

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    It is recommended, however, that triptan usage be limited to no more than two or three days per week because of the potential for medication overuse headache. For more information on this, please see Medication Overuse Headache - When the Remedy Backfires.


    Anyone who has more than three Migraines a month needs to be talking with their doctor about Migraine prevention. There's growing evidence that Migraine is a progressive brain disease. A recent study showed that Migraines can cause brain damage, and that people with three or more Migraines a month are more susceptible to this damage. For more information, see Is Migraine a Progressive Brain Disease? and Yes, Migraines Can Cause Brain Damage.


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    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert



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Published On: January 07, 2010