Migraine medications, when mixed with other drugs, don't always give expected results. Anxiety disorder medicine is no exception. Over-the-counter remedies, either. Effects can be non-existent. Too strong. Or, poisonous.
What are your options?
Know exactly what's in your medicine cabinet.
Over-the-counter medication can be sneaky. They appear harmless. But, can seriously mess with your medication for anxiety disorder, migraine or depression.
Watch out for...
Keep packages and pill containers with labels listing ingredients.
Show and tell your doctor, pharmacist, or psychopharmacologist. Get the best advice on do's and don'ts. Then, ask what to expect when 'rules are broken'. You could be in for a rude awakening.
They aim to prevent – hold off, or stop migraines cold...abort them.
They shave off how often, how hard, and how long, migraines last. The severe, repeated ones. More than 2 migraines a month is good reason to move into preventive medicine. And, helpful when you want to beat depression to control ocd.
Several look familiar, too, as treatment for anxiety disorder:
As well as the SNRI, Effexor.
...can reduce attacks, length and intensity of pain. Lamictal, for migraine with aura.
A calcium channel blocker, Verapamil, under brands of Calan, Verelan or Isoptin, can also give migraine relief.
... can be prescribed or bought over the counter. Its purpose is to stop migraine in its tracks. And, most effective, when taken at the first sign of pain.
Unwanted bleeding, overdoses, and overuse, are possibilities. And, risky to ignore.
Are prescribed. Not all mix well with anxiety disorders medication. Even depression medication. So, go over this with your doctor before you decide. It's important.
Others are Amerge, Frova, Maxalt, Imitrex and Zomig.
This medication stimulates serotonin. Not a good thing when mixed with TCA's, MAOI's, SSRI's, or SNRI's. They boost serotonin, too.
Keep in mind,...
Ergots, now, aren't as popular as triptans. But, an ergot derivative, D.H.E. 45, injected, can work. With less side effects to boot. Migranal Nasal Spray is another option.
...can abort migraines. There are non-narcotic pain killers such as...
1000 mg of Aspirin could knock out a migraine. But, be a recipe for ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding. Taken with some tricyclic antidepressants or SSRI's, increases risk of bleeding.
Others contain acetaminophen - APAP.
...are examples. They're okay for mild migraines. But, don't have the punch to knock out severe attacks. Taking more than what's recommended, in one shot, won't help either.
Narcotic pain relievers, such as codeine, can be migraine busters. But, there's always the danger of dependency. Or, drug tolerance. And, having even more headaches.
Caffeine is in many migraine medications. Yes, it boosts the pain-killing effect. But, it's a stimulant. And, triggers an already over-active fight flight or freeze response in anxiety disorders. This spells trouble.
Caffeine is almost non-existent in your diet.
One more thing...
Research has gone on for a very long time
to find a way to block migraine pain. Stop the headache before it
explodes. Science may be at the cusp of making available medicine do
this very thing.
Calcitonin gene-related peptide - CGRP - a neurotransmitter, is found at a high level in the blood of migraine-sufferers. Drugs are now in development as migraine-fighters. Targeting specifically CGRP to tone down its over-activity, what causes the pain.
This could be, in the very near future, a godsend for so many who haven't had much success with other treatments.
Combining medications can help you thrive. Or, poison. One drug can lessen the effect of the other. Or, make it super strong.
Some migraine medications clash with anxiety disorder drugs. Others don't.
An ergot combined with Prozac or Luvox, is highly toxic. Or, the channel blocker Verapmil, with Xanax.
Here's what else...
Imitrex, a triptan, stimulates serotonin. Combine this with other drugs doing the same, and results can be serotonin syndrome. A potential killer.
Migraine medications, mixed with other drugs, is tricky business. And, THE time to get advice for do's and don'ts from your psychopharmacologist, pharmacist or doctor. You won't regret it.