Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Adventures in Verapamil

For the past two months I've been taking Verapamil. My migraine doc put me on it as a preventative and, even though I've not yet reached the end of my three months trial period, I know it isn't the answer. Verapamil is a blood pressure lowering medication. The trouble is that my blood pressure tends to run low anyway so you can imagine how lowering it further is an unwanted effect.

The longer I've been on it the worse I've felt. Between the added fatigue, constantly feeling light headed and inability to concentrate, I wouldn't want to stay on it even if it was decreasing my migraines. I say that only partly because the trade off wouldn't be worth it but mostly because I don't see how blood pressure this low is anything but dangerous. 

Another migraine preventative down. Each failed preventative leaves me feeling increasingly entrenched in these wretched migraines. I'm working hard to focus on the positive here. There are still other meds to try. And even if none of them work, I'll be okay. I am getting better at coping with all of this. I am okay. 


  1. On to the next medication! When one doesn't work, try, try again :)

    I hope the next one is THE ONE!

  2. I am running through headache medicine too. Have you tried amatrycdeline (however it is spelled)? I tried 25, 50 ,100, and 150 mg. At 150 it did help, unfortunately the hallucinations it gave me were pretty scary. I have been lowered back to the 100, but it doesn't seem to really help and I am still have hallucinations sometimes at night.

    Good luck with the new meds!