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What painkillers works best for migraine?

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Kittykat7 Mon 24-Nov-14 13:33:37

Nurofen for nothing for me for any kind of pain. I am in Australia & can get Panediene Extra OTC which is 500 mg paracetamol & 15 mg codeine. It's just not touching this migraine. I have a Drs appt tomorrow so will ask for Panedeine Forte 500mg paracetamol & 30mg codeine. Is aspirin any better for migraine? Is there anything else that helps. I am taking Motilium 10 for the nausea.

Kittykat7 Mon 24-Nov-14 13:34:20

*nurofen does nothing for me

TheFairyCaravan Mon 24-Nov-14 13:35:43

3 soluble aspirin in a glass of full sugar coke. It was recommended by the London migraine clinic and works really well. Obviously you will have to wait until your next dose of ibuprofen would be due.

TheFairyCaravan Mon 24-Nov-14 13:37:21

Sorry just seen you've not taken ibuprofen, so you could take it now.

Do they prescribe Triptans in Australia? They are the best for migraines.

rollonthesummer Mon 24-Nov-14 13:38:53

Cocodomal? Migraleve? Imigran?

Kittykat7 Mon 24-Nov-14 16:57:59

Thanks I don't get migraines that often so not sure about Tryptans. I know it's because I haven't slept well the past few weeks. I always get one if I'm tired. I'm seeing the Dr today so will ask for stronger painkillers. I'm going to ask for a week of sleeping tablets as I keep waking up after 2 hrs then can't get back to sleep. Eventually when I do I wake up again about 4.30am. I've just woken up now after 2 hrs so the middle of the night here now. I've just lost my job too but my sleeps been messed up for weeks now & I don't know why.
I'll give the aspirin a try. Thanks

Thurlow Mon 24-Nov-14 17:00:27

I've heard that migraines can upset your stomach and so make it harder to digest solid tablets, so soluble tablets can work better. I do actually find soluble aspirin touches a bad headache for me better than tablets do.

chemenger Mon 24-Nov-14 17:00:51

I second aspirin and full sugar coke at the first sign, really works for me.

chemenger Mon 24-Nov-14 17:01:45

Should have said it has to be soluble or at least dispersible.

Kittykat7 Mon 24-Nov-14 17:02:20

I didn't find Migraleve helped when I was in the UK. I don't know if we can get it here though. I don't get much of an aura so the headache is usually here when I realise it's a migraine. I susoect it's too late to take something like Tryptans once the headache starts.

Lonecatwithkitten Mon 24-Nov-14 17:12:09

Coke is definitely part of the solution. In migraine blood vessels in the brain constrict and the caffeine in coke dilates them.

Kittykat7 Tue 25-Nov-14 04:46:07

I saw my Dr today & got Panedeine Forte 500mg paracetamol & 30 mg codeine). I also got Maxalon for the nausea. I'm hoping I can try & have a sleep when I get home from school.

sleepywombat Tue 25-Nov-14 05:53:23

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Kittykat7 Tue 25-Nov-14 10:15:01

Thanks Sleepywombat. I've taken 2 tablets so 60mg of codeine & it hasn't made any difference. Mersyndol that you can get here which you can't get now in the UK called Syndol does nothing for me either. It knocks DH & Mil out but I'm still wide awake & in pain. I don't know why I'm resistant to pain killers.

KareninsGirl Tue 25-Nov-14 11:02:49

The only thing that works for mine is Rizatriptan, which by prescroption from the doc.

TheFairyCaravan Tue 25-Nov-14 11:08:57

Try the aspirin in the coke, it really does work.

I am a severe migraine sufferer, I have Botox on the NHS to reduce the frequency and severity. My specialist told me not to take codeine unless everything else has failed because it can cause migraines and other rebound headaches, as can other opiates. I know if I take 2 Tramadol I will get an awful migraine.

elevenfifteen Tue 25-Nov-14 15:21:10

Definitely asprin, better than any other pain meds i've tried and i've had migraines for 40 years so tried a lot!
Hope you feel better soon.

Kittykat7 Wed 26-Nov-14 04:28:35

I feel better today, thanks everyone. There is still a dull pain but not as bad as yesterday. I feel tired but I have loads of housework to do. I've managed to eat something so that has helped.

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