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Post  flo_02472 on Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:39 pm

I have been taking Fiorocet for my daily miserable migraines for over 26 years. At first the pill gradually made me nauseous and worked up to causing gas & stomach pain. The medication does help some but I often trade obtaining a slight headache for gastrointestinal problems. Both problems can be debilitating (have IBS too). I am wondering if anyone has taken Fiorocet and has suffered the stomach upset. Also have they found an alternative medication that relieves migraine pain beside Imitrex which is expensive. Please reply to flo_02472@yahoo.com as I do't always check the chat. I would appreciate any input or comment on the subject. Smile Smile Smile

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Post  tortoisegirl on Wed Jun 03, 2015 8:26 pm

26 years sure is a long time. Sorry you are dealing with this. Just to double check, have you ruled out rebound? Fiorinal is a common offending med for analgesic rebound, and you'd have to be off of it for a week or few to rule out rebound, not just cut back. Although it is tough, you wouldn't want to find out after an even longer period of time that you have been suffering in vain for all this time...

There are some strategies to get through the period of ruling out rebound, such as starting a preventative before stopping the analgesic, finding some relatively safe meds which can be taken during that period of time, etc. I've even heard of folks being hospitalized for medical support who have failed quitting the analgesics on their own.

Also, you may want to price out generic Imitrex again, as it has got quite cheap...my last receipt showed I would have paid under $40 cash for 9 pills, and that isn't even shopping around. There are also other Triptans, many of which are now generic, and other as needed med options such as Midrin, Migranal, and muscle relaxers. What preventative therapies have you tried for migraines? Do you have a good headache specialist?

I'm surprised a doctor would prescribe you enough Fiorinal to take daily, as this med can so often cause problems when overused. Hang in there! Best wishes.

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Post  flo_02472 on Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:04 pm

Smile I do overuse Fiorocet & am aware that I have rebounds so I am going to a pain clinic for some help foe maybe a replacement drug. I do take Sumatriptan nasal but only when the migraine is out of control; a 8-10. the reason is cost, I pay $40. for a six pack and my insurance limits me to a once a month fill. I get headaches daily and no longer can take aspirin products so I rely on Fiorocet. My doctor as,ed me if I got daily headaches before I started Fiorocet and when I told him yes he said he thought the Fiorocet at least helps somewhat so he keeps prescribing it. I feel like I am in "a catch 22" where I am sentenced to headaches if I stop the medication or keep taking it. I signg on for the pain clinic to work it out for me. I just hope I can make the appointment next Monday. today was #10 headache and in bed all day. Smile

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Post  tortoisegirl on Thu Jun 04, 2015 8:26 pm

I hope the pain clinic is helpful. Good (but bad) to hear that the headaches were daily even before the daily Fioricet. However, if it has been a period of years, it could still be helpful to take a break from it to ensure that your baseline condition hasn't changed, and that the Fioricet is actually helping.

Otherwise, I definitely feel you, as I have resorted to daily pain meds for my 9 year constant headache, diagnosed as NDPH (although I take Methadone). There are probably better medication choices than Fioricet though, although it is affordable and your doctor probably prefers to prescribe it over an opioid.

As for the Triptans, you may want to try to get your doctor to submit a request to exceed the quantity limit to your insurance. Also, double check if you can fill more than one Triptan in one month...my insurance won't let me fill a certain type more than once, but it has let me get Amerge and Imitrex in the same month (even on the same day).

Otherwise, shop around for the best cash price on a relatively affordable Triptan such as Sumatriptan (generic Imitrex), and at least give it a try in between whatever Triptan works better for you that your insurance covers.

Some folks have success with rotating analgesics as well. Hopefully the pain clinic has suggestions for preventive treatments as well as short acting, or maybe even try something to break the headache cycle. Hang in there! Best wishes.

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONCERN..............................................

Post  flo_02472 on Thu Jun 04, 2015 9:25 pm

You sound like a health care professional as the words that you speak are so familiar to me. I need to speak to you privately if you would please contact me at, flo_o2472@yahoo.com Thanks, Flo

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OOPS..........

Post  flo_02472 on Thu Jun 04, 2015 9:28 pm

flo_02472@yahoo.com Smile

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