8/6/07 #10 - Which antidepressant for Migraine prevention?

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    What anti-depressant has been used with success for migraine prevention? Diane.





    Dear Diane;


    Many antidepressants have been used with success for Migraine prevention. Which one will work best for you will only be told by trying one to see if it works, and changing to another if it doesn't. Those most commonly prescribed for Migraine prevention include amitriptyline (which I consider to be primitive and do not prescribe), Effexor XR, Serzone, nortriptyline, Wellbutrin, and others (rarely). It really is up to the experience of the headache specialist to try to pick one from a number of choices. Remember, they are NOT just antidepressants.

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    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert


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Published On: August 06, 2007