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Re: AD similar to Wellbutrin?

Posted by JESSsMom on February 6, 2006, at 8:41:07

In reply to Re: AD similar to Wellbutrin? JESSsMom, posted by Racer on February 4, 2006, at 21:29:41

> I am afraid I think you're right about there not really being another drug similar to WB, which doesn't cause migraines for you. My now-ex-pdoc said that the headaches were from the increased norepinephrine in the brain, and I have no reason to doubt him. I'd suspect that most any drug that increases NE action, whether by inhibiting reuptake or by stimulating production, will increase headaches.
> I'm luck with WB, because though I do get more headaches on it, I'm actually getting FEWER migraines. These are now just headaches -- none of the photosensitivity, the seasick feeling, the nausea. But, it's also a drag having even regular headaches...
> Have you tried something like a bit more caffeine when you feel one coming on? Sometimes that has helped me in the past. Imitrex doesn't help, huh? Excedrine? (Seriously -- sounds silly to suggest an OTC when Imitrex doesn't do it, but it really does work better for some people. Ditto Advil, at 800mg. For some people, one of those two drugs can be more effective than the prescription med.)
> Good luck, whatever happens.

Thanks. You have me wondering about the NE link to headaches now. Gonna look into that. Never got headaches with Effexor though, just excessive sweating.
As for the head pain, I *think* that sometimes the reason Imitrex didn't work for me was b/c I didn't take it "at the onset" of a headache. I didn't know if it was just going to hurt all day or turn into a whopper migraine and at $20/pill--yes, $200 for a prescription of ten pills--I kind of waited the headache out and tried advil, caffeine, excedrine, etc. first.
But there were also times where I was so scared of my headache when I first woke up in the morning I would take an Imitrex and it still didn't work.
My neurologist gave me a prescription for duradrin which *eventually" takes the migraine away about 50% of the time.
I didn't take any WB over the weekend and was headache free yesterday (Sunday). Today I split my 100mg tablet in half and took 50mg. Tiny dose but I want to see what happens.
I posted above about possibly switching to the XR or SR versions. I just don't know.




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