Posted by Enrique Geiger (188.8.131.52) on August 23, 2000 at 10:41:57:
In Reply to: Meds posted by Bob P on August 21, 2000 at 21:53:49:
Actually Stadol is about a thousand times less addictive than methadone (there's a post in this "wwwboard" to that effect, as well), and there is only a handfull of people that have been documented as addicted. Also, it has been implicated in a few deaths. I have used Stadol for seven or eight years, and it was always effective when nothing else helped. The trick with Stadol seems to be that you have to apply in the first five to fifteen minutes of an episode, and the quantity for CH is usually less than a full metered dose (you have to experiment a little bit). The reason for the alarming classification of the drug is due to the fact that the FDA got alarmed at the first instances of addiction and death, so it demanded the current classification, and since the manufacturer didn't contend this action, it remained that way. So, essentially Stadol has an undeserved reputation (a bureaucratic induced artifact).
Another aspect of Stadol is that you can't drive, or do other things that require your full cncious powers, but since most episodes happen at night, this shouldn't matter much (In any case, who would be driving, or doing anything of importance with an episode, in the case that Stadol is the only thing that is helping in that ocasion?).
Also, Stadol is much less expensive and it has less limitations as to the frequency of usage than the triptans' or the ergots'.
As usual, I say: try it, and if it works for you, who are we to say no?
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