Tammy’s Treatment

I am often asked what medication and supplements I take to manage my chronic pain disorders. To make life a little simpler, I’ve listed everything here. Please remember there are hundreds of available treatments and that everyone responds differently. Work with your headache specialist to find the right combinations for you.

You would think with all these resources, there would always be something that helped. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Sometimes the symptoms overwhelm me and I forget what my options are. At other times, I try everything and none of it works. That’s why it’s essential to have a good headache specialist on your team for regular check-ups, emergencies, and when nothing else works.

Preventives: reduce the frequency of symptoms

Botox 31 injections every 12 weeks
CPAP – nightly
Verapamil (Calan) 180 mg  BID
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 10mg BD
Cetirizine (Zyrtec) 10 mg BD
Melatonin 10 mg BD
Vitamin D-3 5,000 iu BID
Calcium-Magnesium Liquid, 1000/500mg BD

Abortives: stop the attack in progress

Naratriptan (Amerge) 2.5 mg PRN
Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) 25  mg PRN
Naproxen (Aleve) 440 mg PRN
Oxygen – 15 lpm x 20 min. PRN with O2ptimask
Sumatriptan – 3 mg injection, PRN

Rescue Treatments: relieve discomfort of attacks

Promethazine suppositories (Phenergan) 25 mg PRN
Ketorolac IM injection (Toradol) 30 mg PRN
Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) 10 mg PRN

Side Effect Treatments: offset unwanted effects

Mirapex (pramipexole) 1 mg BD
Zantac (ranitidine) 75 mg BD