Triptan vs. DHE

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Triptan vs. DHE

Post  estre004 on Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:49 pm

Just took my first triptan today for an abortive. I am a DHE user but asked my neuro about other options in case it ever stopped working. Well, today on my way to work I have that "feeling" of a migraine coming on. Wasn't worried at all because I would take a squirt of my migranol at the first stop light. This early in the migraine stage one squirt will do it for me (do not need a whole vial). I about freaked out when I couldn't find any in my purse. I carry it everywhere. Anyway, I remembered I had the triptans so I took that instead. Wasn't as impressed as with the DHE. It took a couple of hours before I felt out of the woods, whereas the DHE works instantly for me. I have used the triptans as a preventive and it has worked and did work today (just took a long time). I'm not sure I would trust it for a full blown one.

Just writing my findings. Maybe someone else who has not tried DHE but uses triptans might want to give the DHE a try. I know not a lot of people on this site use it or it doesn't work for them as good as it does for me. I had to write this though because the DHE works miracles for me. It just might work the same for someone else.

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Post  pen on Wed Feb 17, 2010 1:46 pm

Others might know better than me linda, but in the UK it doesnt seem to be used.
have never been offered it.
Although isnt there a new asthma type inhaler version supposed to be n its way...
A neuro was telling me about that this time last year, he made me think we will be getting that.

P

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Post  moominamy on Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:20 pm

I used it a few years ago and it did work quite well if taken at the very first sign of migraine, but not at all if I took it too late or woke up with one. Worth a try though.

It was prescribed off label (off licence) and there is a company that imports things like this it into this country (UK). My neuro recommended it for me and my GP prescribed it. The local pharmacy ordered it in.

Amy

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Post  estre004 on Thu Feb 18, 2010 7:22 am

Just wanted to add that I woke up again with one today but was able to use the DHE. It kills the migraine completely. The triptan obviously didn't get rid of it completely or I wouldn't have had one this morning. Also, for me I can take the DHE even during a full blown migraine and it will abort it (takes a few hours but at least works "for me"). I was not at all impressed with the triptan. Pen - I'm wondering if the reason you keep having them is because the triptan doesn't completely wipe them out.

This is just my experience. I am so lucky to have a miracle drug. It is just so weird it can't work this way for everyone.

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Post  pen on Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:11 am

Pen - I'm wondering if the reason you keep having them is because the triptan doesn't completely wipe them out.
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I have thought that for ages Linda. I used to take more because it takes two to kill it.
This can be over two consecutive days, as now, or more usually three days with a day off.

I have had them all and none will now get it in one....I wish it would.

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