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This is a very common question right now. You can find most of your answer in this post, Since Midrin and the generic form of Midrin has been discontinued. What drug can be used as a replacement?
Midrin is a Migraine abortive medication that works to stop the Migrainous process. Fioricet is a compound pain medication containing the barbiturate butalbital. Unlike Midrin, it cannot abort a Migraine. It can only mask the pain for a few hours. The link above has information about other Migraine abortive medications. You might be interested in Preventive, Abortive, and Rescue Medications - What's the Difference?
I am sooooo glad I saw your post because I have A LOT to say in response to your question.
I also use Midrin and yes, it has been discontinued by the manufacturer; however, you can find a small, privately owned pharmacy that compounds the same medication. A lot of times health insurance will not cover that, but I just picked up my prescribed Midrin at a local privately owned pharmacy (you can usually find the pharmacies that have compound capability near major medical centers) for less than $30.00
Midrin is still a safe drug; however, the reason for it being discountinued is because the FDA could not prove that it was affective in aborting migraines. That is the only reason for it being discontinued.
Regarding the last part of your question, please be EXTREMELY careful using Fioricet (made w/ tylenol) and Fiorinal (same as Fioricet, but with asprin and not tylenol). This is a barbituate drug, which is HIGHLY addictive! I have never put this into a posting before, but if it can help you or any other person reading this, I am going to let you know, I was hospitalized (back in 1999) and almost died from detoxing from this drug. I used this drug as it was prescribed for my migraines. Unfortunately, years ago physicians prescribed narcotics like it was candy. I came very close to reporting this to the DEA as it is the fault of the physicians that prescribe highly addictive drugs at a high dose to patients. I am not saying all physicians are guilty of this, nor am I saying a person should never take Fioricet/Fiorinal, but what I am saying is, it's HIGHLY and I mean H*I*G*H*L*Y addictive!!! There are so many other non-narcotic alternatives that can be prescribed these days instead of the highly addictive narcotics. Also, the barbituate and other pain pills can cause rebound headaches...you need to recognize what kind of a headache you're experiencing and know the difference between a rebound and an acute migraine.
Please feel free to respond and write me if you have any other questions regarding what I just shared with you.
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