Can't Take Triptans. Other Abortive Medications?
Originally asked by Community Member Jill100
Can’t Take Triptans. Other Abortive Medications?
I am unable to take Triptans and wondered about other abortive medications people take when a Migraine strikes. I was prescribed Lexapro as a preventative medication which seems to help a bit but I am still getting migraines 4 or 5 times per month. I tried Elavil and Pamelor and had bad GI side effects. My doctor prescribed Fioricet but am afraid of the addictive properties of this medication and need a reliable abortive medication. Just wondered what success others might have with non-Triptan abortives. Thanks.
If you are unable to take triptans there are a few other options. Midrin is an Isometheptene compound and can be used to abort a Migraine attack. Ergotamines such as Migranal nasal spray and DHE-45 injectibles.
Fioricet is a rescue medication, and does not abort a Migraine attack. You can read more about the differences in these drugs in this article: Preventive, Abortive, and Rescue Medications - What’s the Difference?
I hope this helps,
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Answered by: Nancy Harris Bonk