Posted by Tom Ryan (22.214.171.124) on December 21, 2000 at 20:57:42:
Hi I'm a 56 yr old male ch vet since 1980. Mine generally visit every other year, usually in the nov/dec/jan timeframe. I feel fortunate in that I realize many of you have pain worse than mine. My pain is usually limited to the 6 to 8 range on a scale of 10, meaning I can handle it. It's temporarily disabling vis a vis normal life or work activities, but I know it's not as bad as some of you have.
I'm writing to express my enthusiastic endorsement of Maxalt, 10mg dissolving wafers. What it's done is to CONTROL my headaches. It's action takes about 20 minutes, and you can literally feel the effect kick in (sort of a scalp tingling/flushing). Once it kicks in, the headache dies like a summer thunderstorm! This may be coincidental, but my headaches have also become very predictable: 11 pm, noon, 7 pm. Therefore, I've actually been able to completely forestall some of my midday attacks, and when you have a management job as I do, avoiding the missing of meetings is good for job security. I feel like I've outfoxed the fox at times!
The drug is apparently not as potent a vasoconstrictor as ergot, thus I feel no side effects. I worry about the rebound effect, (which I once experienced after taking ergostat every day for a week then stopping---wow, I never want to go through a 6 headache day with a 9 score on pain again!!) but there's no hint of it yet. I've been on the med for a month.
Anyway, I know that we're each different as to what we respond to, but I'm here to give you an unpaid, unsolicited endorsement of a new best friend--Maxalt MLT 10mg dissolving tabs.
Best of luck to everyone and Happy Holidays. Tom
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