UGH help! I'm so tired of hearing this! I live in Virginia, I am 37, have had migraines since I was 16. I left my neurologist in August because he cut my zomig back to 8 a month from 12 and insisted that I take alleve when I got a headache! hello! don't these doctors think we are smart enough to have tried NSAIDS before resorting to seeing a doctor? I would have gone to the grocery store and bought a bottle of Alleve if THAT would have worked instead of wasting my time arguing with him! Well after waiting 6 weeks for an appt with the only other neuro in this town, the new guy tells me the SAME THING.... That Zomig, and all triptans for that matter, are heart damaging and that if I can't get by on 8 a month I just need to take Alleve. OK, ..I guess.. UGH UGH UGH UGH!!! please help me understand why Alleve, a mere NSAID that has been out for at least 10 years OTC probably more, is now all of a sudden this wonder cure for migraines? Other than an unlabeled treatment for vascular headaches I found in one of my nursing books, My only other guess would be because the 10 year generic patent amnesty on imitrex is getting ready to run out in december (I think) and the drug co. needed to re-invent imitrex/alleve as the new wonder drug, since plain imitrex will now be available in generic. Please tell me this is not the only reason I am being handed a script for naproxen and shown the door.
Is anyone else getting handed this bull sandwich? Because any MD who has ever had a real migraine for 3 days and thrown up from it would know that you could eat a whole bottle of Alleve and it wouldn't matter. Well, if I can't have my Zomig, (8 a month is grossly deficient at times and no it's not because of rebound or nsaids) and if Alleve isn't going to work, what exactly am I supposed to do?
The other thing I'd like to point out here is that I don't like Alleve in particular because you can't take any Advil within 12 hours of taking Alleve, so if the alleve doesn't work, you can't take anything for 12 hours, no more alleve, and no advil at all!
I brought this to my MD's attn, and now, all of a sudden it is ok, to start mixing advil and alleve and tylenol, because the makers of alleve are pushing this so hard! I still feel mixing these would not be a good idea, and ripped up the naproxen script.
Can you tell me why there is such a big naproxen push right now, such a big triptan backlash right now, and whether or not advil, tylenol and alleve should be mixed together? as a nurse, I know this is ridiculous, but both of these md's told me that it is "ok" and I can only assume that it was the drug co that told them that.