Posted by NicholasD (22.214.171.124) on February 29, 2000 at 12:47:19:
In Reply to: Cluster Headache Wife posted by Lavon on February 28, 2000 at 22:52:53:
from the web,
"I n d e r a lŪ( P r o p a n o l o l )
Propranolol is a beta blocker medication which is helpful in preventing migraine attacks in some patients. If a patient is having frequent attacks or severe, long-lasting attacks, it may be of help in cutting down the frequency and severity of the attacks. However, it should be taken only under the careful supervision of a physician familiar with its contraindications.
A dose of propranolol up to 240 mg may be necessary. However, above 240 mg doesn't usually alter its effect. Inderal LA (60-80-120-160 mg) is a convenient one-a-day way to take the medicine.
InderalŪ can diminish endurance and tolerance to running and exercise, and it may take longer to accomplish previous goals. Immediate side effects can include diarrhea, tiredness, slowed pulse, lowered blood pressure. These side effects are sometimes transient."
I feel the key words are migraine and "some people", not to repeat myself, but if the medication is not working, have your husband get back to his doctor and tell him so, my own experiences with Inderal were just the side effects with absolutely no relief from the CH's, was on this med for two years, before having enough sense to call my doctor, can't believe I was this stupid, but don't mind sharing this.
Regarding triggers, I would consider them to be a substance that can be eaten, taken in from the air, or injected, some medications I tried to relief the CH's actually acted like a trigger, unfortunately, it's an unknown science, if fish repeatedly produced CH's, I think I would tend to change my diet, "Q" on this site stated that choclate can be a trigger for him and others have stated fish, I went through a whole diet thing quit coffe for awhile, this and that with no results, my triggers appear to be airborne, but we all are different, only the pain is the same. Hope this helps. My ex-wife with her mental disease was jealous of my headaches as they were taking my time away from her, she also got jealous that I was spending way too much time with our Crohn's infected son, just refreshing to hear about a concerned person.
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