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Q: What medicine can I take for a migraine without caffeine?

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Teri Robert, Health Guide
7/23/09 2:34pm

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None of the Migraine abortive medications have caffeine in them:

  • Triptans: Imitrex, Maxalt, Zomig, Amerge, Relpax, Axert, Frova. Imitrex is now available as the generic sumatriptan or combined with naproxen sodium in Treximet.
  • Ergotamines: Migranal Nasal Spray and DHE 45 injections
  • Midrin and Epidrin, which contain Isometheptene Mucate, Dichloralphenazone, and Acetaminophen

Hope this helps!


Connie E. Boos, Community Member
4/27/11 12:56pm

I am looking for migraine medication that gives me more than 6 or 9 pills for the  month. I take other medicine that is suppose to cut down on the number of migraines and they do, still I need more than for the actual headaches. What I get, that the insurance will pay for, does not carry me through then I end up missing work, laying in the dark room with the ice pack, taking excedering for migraines until finally it goes away or going to the doctor to get a shot.


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Nancy Harris Bonk, Community Member
5/ 9/11 4:12pm

Hi Connie,


It may be time to re-evaluate your Migraine prevention plan with your doctor if you are finding the need for that many pills during the month.


I did want to mention that taking Migraine abortive meds such as the triptans or ergotamines or any kind of pain medication (like Excedrin Migraine) -- prescription or over-the-counter -- more than two or three days a week can make matters worse by causing medication overuse headache (MOH), aka rebound. See Medication Overuse Headache - When the Remedy Backfires for more information on this.


And to make it even worse, medication overuse headache is a factor in Transformed Migraine(TM) in almost 80 of people who have TM. When you get a minute, you may want to look at this material Stopping Medication Overuse Can Halt Transformed Migraine.


Cambia, is an FDA approved medication to stop a Migraine attack. Cambia is a powder you mix with water and forms a liquid medication, and for more on this drug, read; New Drug Approved for Migraine Attacks.


I hope this helps,





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By Migraine Sufferer35, Community Member— Last Modified: 05/10/11, First Published: 07/19/09