Sharing My Headache Story with NHF – Carol F.

I had my first migraine at age seventeen. I suffered with the pain, nausea, and sensitivity to light. Over the next 20 years, I went from doctor to doctor looking for relief. I was put on Inderal as a preventative, which worked for a few years. Soon enough, though, it stopped being effective. I was given Midrin for the headaches, which, again, worked for a few years before it stopped working also. Eventually, I was referred to the Headache Clinic in Chicago. I became a patient of one of the physicians there. Over the next eighteen years, I was put on twenty five different preventatives. Initially, I was tried on Nardil, which is a Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOI) drug. It worked wonders. I felt like a new person. For two years, I was almost headache free. Eventually, though, it stopped being effective, too. Finally, two years ago I was put on Marplan, which is another MAOI. So far it is working. I feel really good right now. And I still see the Chicago physician.

Recently, I contacted the NHF to start a Headache Education and Support group (HES/g), here in Huntsville, AL. With their help, we are going forward with this new group and our first meeting will be in September 2010. I hope to share my story and my knowledge of headache treatments with fellow headache sufferers.

Reader’s Mail: Other Ideas for Treating Migraine

Q. I have had migraines for over 20 years. For many years now I have been on a beta-blocker for preventive therapy as I failed to tolerate Imitrex® or Topamax®. My headaches usually begin after excessive stress and fatigue, but can occur anytime. In spite of having a very healthy lifestyle, I still have migraines at least twice a month, which unfailingly last three days. Do you have any other ideas for me? Continue Reading

Experts Answer Your Questions: National Headache Awareness Week

Preventative Therapies for Headache Treatment

Q. What percentage of the population does not respond well to preventatives? I’m 42 and have been trying preventives since I was 20 and nothing has worked. I am on topomax for the 2nd go around and I am still using Zomig 2 times a week and having to rely on Ultram on top of that every week. It seems from reading the blogs there is a bunch of us for whom the preventatives hasn’t panned out. I feel like a human guinea pig. I’ve been to neurologist #8 and she says “we have to think outside the box for you”. The last neurologist says “Western medicine has failed you”. Yes, yes and yes. But they don’t know what to do with us. I am frustrated beyond words. My migraines are barely manageable. May 21 and I have had 4 days without medicine to treat headache. I have to work. I have to have a life. I have tried everything and nothing is working. Continue Reading


Midrin is used for abortive relief of migraine and tension headaches. It is a combination medication containing isometheptene (vascular constrictor), acetaminophen (analgesic), and dichloralphenazone (mild sedative).

Midrin is effective for patients with migraine, and especially when taken early in the attack. It can produce rebound headaches when used too frequently and has some sedative effects.