Namenda and other Alzheimer's Medications for Migraine?

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    After reading about Namenda for headache prevention, my doctor prescribed Namenda to me to take 5 mg per day for first week. 10 mg per day for second week etc to work up to 20 mg per day. I was only able to get up to 15 mg per day for 2 days because of side effects and started backing off. This is the only medicine that I have found helpful in dulling my headaches and neck pain. I have completely stopped taking the med because I cannot stand the side effects. The side effects that I have are: blurred vision, nervous, agitated, angry, chest pains, high blood pressure and erratic blood pressure.

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    Have other people had this experience? Will any of the other Alzheimer's medications be helpful for headaches? Sue.





    Dear Kimberly;


    I've had 4 people get a little dizzy (usually at the highest doses)--also we don't change the dose weekly but every 2-3 weeks. I'd have stopped at 10mg per day and held the dose for a month. There is a little bit of data that Aricept and its cousins can be tried for migraine.


    You can read more about our results with Namenda in Namenda for Migraine and Chronic Headache Prevention.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert



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Published On: December 14, 2008