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I know some people on my flist suffer from migraines, too.  So I thought I'd post about my experience with the new generic form of Imitrex.  If you don't suffer from migraines, this probably won't interest you, although I will have a few thoughts on the mind-body experience.

Our insurance changed this past year, and we no longer have coverage on "brand" name medications -- only generic.  Since there's really only one medication I take that doesn't have a generic, it wasn't cost effective to move to a higher priced plan.  The only brand I take is Imitrex for migraines, and I only use the 9 pills that come in the prescription in about 18 months.  Well, really, the expiration date came before I used all 9 pills.  Thankfully.  So when the prescription was about to expire, I did a search to see if there was a generic available for Imitrex. 

The good news was that one had just become available.  The bad news was that I found a page full of comments saying the generic didn't work as well and seemed to cause more dizziness and nausea.  I try to not read the side effects listed on medications, because I'm afraid such things will influence me to see reactions that aren't really there, if you know what I mean.  So now my "experience" was tainted already.

I almost stayed with the brand Imitrex, but it was going to cost almost $200, while the generic was going to cost less than $20.  I finally decided that for $20, I could try at least one pill and if it didn't work, then go for the costly brand.

So last night I had a headache in the migraine area, which for me is on the right side, starting mainly in my upper neck/lower skull and leading around to my right temple.  By early morning, when I woke up and it was still there, I knew I'd have to take a migraine pill.  I usually try ibuprofen if I don't have the banging-with-a-hammer-inside-my-skull and nausea, but since this had lasted so long and I had tried the ibuprofen before I went to sleep, I finally caved in at 6:30 a.m. and took my first pill of the new generic Imitrex. 

It worked!  Yay!  I was so happy I didn't get tainted by the reading of bad experiences, even though I was fully expecting to be more dizzy than usual.  By 8:30 I was headache free and only mildly affected by the medication, which is usual. 

I just thought I'd post in case there were others out there wondering if the generic medication works.  It did for me.

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