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Sumatriptan as preventative

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#1 Thu, 01/07/2021 - 21:07
Last seen: 3 weeks 3 days ago
Joined: 09/02/2018 - 10:17

Sumatriptan as preventative

Hi .
I am a cch sufferer of over 15 years and I also have Suna
I've exhausted nearly all meds .
At present I take keppra at 2grammes twice a day .
Pregabalin 300,100,300
Verapamil 240 three times a day .
Oxygen .
Sumatriptan injections.
My consultant Neurologist, who is a headache specialist has now prescribed 100mg sumatriptan tablet at night as a preventative.
Has anyone used it as a preventative before and has it worked .
Many thanks


Sat, 03/07/2021 - 14:35
John S
Last seen: 3 weeks 3 days ago
Joined: 26/02/2014 - 14:41

Hi Danaross,

i am an epsidic sufferer and when I start getting attacks at night I take a 50mg tablet just before bed which generally keeps me pain free at night.

It does count towards one of your two sumatriptan doses in 24hours. I use Oxygen at all other times unless I am out. I have also used a  tablet on a long flight and it also works for me.

I understand using Sumatriptan as a preventative has never undergone medical trials and is not a recommended treatment and some neurologist s frown upon it even though for some of us it works.

As you may know a sumatriptan tablet is not effective as an abortive as it takes too long to be absorbed into the blood stream although some ill informed medical professionals prescribe it , nothing to do with it being cheap I am sure!



Sat, 03/07/2021 - 21:41
Last seen: 3 weeks 3 days ago
Joined: 09/02/2018 - 10:17

Hi John .
Thanks for that ,its 100mg sumatriptan tablet before bed as my attacks are mostly at night ,one is always at 01.30 so its to try to help stop this one .
It is also as a add on to the two sumatriptan injections which I did question but he says it amounts to a small increase and hes happy with prescribing it .
I have tried it for two nights so far .
First night no success but the second night was better .
Fingers crossed it works tonight.
Thank you


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