How to get rid of migraine without nausea
June 10, 2010 7:40 PM Subscribe
TMI medical filter! I need help with migraine meds, nausea and constipation. Complicating factor: crappy insurance
posted by queseyo to health & fitness (19 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've got a great teaching job lined up for September, but the insurance won't kick in until October. Right now I'm on COBRA from my last job, and it's not great coverage.
So, I've found that generic Imitrex (100 mg) works pretty well for my migraines, but it really exacerbates my nausea (hot flashes, dizziness, upset stomach, very strong puke-y feeling, sometimes diarrhea, no actual vomiting, though) to a pretty much intolerable point. Pepto Bismol works really well for the nausea but it will bind me up very badly for days afterwards (to the point that laxatives don't do anything).
There is a generic Imitrex nose spray, but even with my insurance it's way too expensive for me (close to $100 for 6 5mg sprays). I feel pretty stuck with the pill form of Imitrex until October, when I'll be a state employee again - yay!. So, here are my questions:
Does anyone have any suggestions for something that will relieve my nausea symptoms without binding me up (without an anti-diarrhea ingredient, I suppose)?
Has anyone else had similar problems with migraine (medicine)-associated nausea? What helped you?
(I can use Excedrin migraine on occasion, but my stomach is pretty sensitive to caffeine, so there are times when it's just not an option.)
I think that I'm looking for more immediate solutions than, say trying Topamax or another preventative medication; I don't really want to wait a month before it kicks in, and given what I've read about Topamax's side effects, I'd rather exhaust other avenues before trying it. I was just diagnosed with migraines a little over a year ago (I thought they were sinus headaches), so I still don't have a really good sense of my triggers; I plan on getting into a headache clinic as soon as I can after October.