05/12/08 #3 - Using Imitrex 2-3 days every other week?

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    I'm a 54 year old female who has taken Imitrex for over 5 years for menstrual migraines. Since my periods stopped over a year ago, I still have gotten migraines on a 24-day cycle, but they aren't as severe.


    In the last few months, I've been getting headaches every few weeks, mild but persistent for 2-3 days. Sometimes I take 50mg of Imitrex and then if needed, the other half of the tablet. Because I take it at the first sign of a headache (light sensitivity, intense tiredness), I don't know how severe these would get. Is 100 mg. of Imitrex for 2-3 days every other week too excessive? I've tried a beta blocker, Migrelief (potassium, etc) to no effect. Any other suggestions? Thank you, Susan.

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    Dear Susan;


    My strongest suggestion is for you to seek out a Migraine expert. You can find a directory of patient recommended specialists HERE. It is quite true that women’s Migraines can change in their presentation and severity as they get older. Personally, I don’t use 50 mg Imitrex, as I feel this is an appropriate dose for an eight-year-old. So, 100 mg Imitrex makes better sense. 2-3 days every other week does not seem too excessive.


    For prevention, there are over 100 medications and supplements that can help. You can find a list of them HERE. Take a look, then discuss your options with your doctor.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert


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Published On: May 11, 2008