Imitrex And Fioricet


Asked by GoNolzOhio

Imitrex And Fioricet

Okay, I am a 41-year old male, started getting migranes a few years back, and just got prescriptions filled for (generic) fioricet and (generic) imitrex. This is my first question here and first prescriptions for migranes I have ever got filled. So my question: whats the difference between the two? Should I be taking one before trying the other? Thanks.


Hi GoNolzOhio,

What you have are rescue and abortive medications, but no Migraine preventive medication. I'll explain the difference in a bit. How many Migraines do you get each month? The thing is anyone who has three or more Migraines a month needs to be talking with their doctor about prevention. There's growing evidence that Migraine is a progressive brain disease. A recent study showed that Migraines can cause brain damage, and that people with three or more Migraines a month are more susceptible to this damage. For more information, see Is Migraine a Progressive Brain Disease? and Yes, Migraines Can Cause Brain Damage.

But there is good news, getting a good doctor who you can work together with to reduce the number of Migraines is vital. And we can help you with that. We maintain a list of Migraine specialists who are recommended by patients or by Migraine specialist I know and trust. Hopefully, you'll find one there. Take a look at Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists.

We are talking about rescue and abortive medications with the two drugs you mentioned. Fioricet is a rescue medication that relieves pain and is used when abortive medications, like Imitrex (a triptan) don't work or can't be used. Not your first line of medication in most cases. Abortive medications stop the Migrainous process, rescue medications relieve pain, and well, preventive medications hopefully reduce the severity and frequency of our Migraine attacks.

Preventive, Abortive, and Rescue Medications - What's the Difference?

I hope that makes sense, if not let me know and I'll try again!


You should know: The answer above provides general health information that is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment recommendations from a qualified healthcare professional.