I've been taking triptans for frequent migraines more or less since they became available in the UK. It was Imigran at first, but when Zomig came along I changed to that and a single 2.5 mg wafer is usually pretty effective at clearing a headache/migraine within two to three hours. However, I do take on average 18 to 20 a month, which I know is too many but like so many of you my quality of life would be nil without this prop. I hate the idea of being addicted to a prescription drug, but without the resources of Michael Jackson and a rehab clinic I can't see how I'll reduce the dose (and it didn't do Jackson much good, did it?).
Prompted by a post on this forum I recently researched Eletriptan (Relpax) and asked my GP if she thought it might help as it apparently causes fewer rebounds or instances of having to repeat medicate within 24 hours. Unfortunately she was just off on hol so I've not had a chance to discuss it, but she left me a prescription for six 40mg tablets with strict instructions to see her when she got back.
Reading the side effects, I'm scared. As a post-menopausal woman it implies I probably shouldn't take it (on the American website drugs.com) and it does seem a big dosage compared with what has cleared my pain in most cases before (though I had a biggie yesterday which kept me in bed all morning.) However, as I used to get 3 day migraines pre-menopause that is fairly tolerable.
Should I stick with what I know and accept that to maintain a reasonable quality of life I'm a Zomig addict, or is it worth trying eletriptan if it might reduce the overall number per month? Has anyone got any ideas? I'm now 24 hours since last Zomig so could try the eletriptan when (not if, sadly) the next one strikes.