Thursday, October 21, 2010

Vimpat for Migraine Prevention

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Although I spend quite a lot of time in my day to day life thinking about the medications I'm taking for preventing and treating migraines, I try not to write a lot about it here. This is mainly because most of my readers will never have to turn to such unique medications in order to find effective options. Also it takes months of trying a preventive medication to see if it will help. Through that length of time there just isn't much to say about it. Finally, what works for one of us doesn't necessarily work for the rest of us and can affect all of us differently. But I'd hate to never discuss my current medication situation and leave you guys wondering what the heck I'm doing right now.

The main medication I'm trying for migraine prevention is something called Vimpat. I don't seem to be having any success with it, but according to my specialist it has helped some difficult to treat patients immensely. Vimpat is an antiseizure medication like Depakote and Topamax, which are both FDA approved for migraine prevention. Vimpat is not FDA approved, but is being studied by some researchers as a possible preventative.

I haven't experienced very many side effects while taking Vimpat, which is always good. Unfortunately I have noticed some cognitive difficulties, which is concerning. If I end up with better results at some point from Vimpat I'd probably be willing to put up with the cognitive issues. If I don't I'll be glad to stop taking it so I can remember something again.

You can read more about research on Vimpat as a migraine preventative at this link: Lacosamide for Migraine and Headache.

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