@GetBetter Yes and yes, thank you I am quite aware of this chart and the recommended migraine prophylactics. And yes I also know Xanax won't work in the long haul, lesson already learned but too late. My first neurologist had me try at least one med from each class of the prophylactics, but the only one I was able to stay on for 3-4 months was Zoloft and I noticed no change, good or bad, on that. (that was before I developed medicine sensitivity too) If I had ANY small side effect he took me off the medicine right away. I was young, 24, and naive and had no idea how bad that was. Or how EASY those side effects were back then to what I was facing now. The Xanax worked for me and was able to keep me working, which at the time I needed to do as my husband was still in college and then took awhile to find a full time job. The first neurologist told me the Xanax could be addictive but again, naivety, I thought addiction was only psychological and had NO idea it could also be physiological. Last year under the advisement of a new doctor I tried to slowly taper the Xanax but got way too dizzy not to mention suffered horrid withdraw effects worse than any flu or anything I've ever experienced. If I can ever feel better and get my functionality back I'd like to try to get off the Xanax again. The good thing is that I haven't had to add any more Xanax, and am on a low dose (0.5 mg 2x/day).
Amitriptyline was recommended to me but I did try it 3 times and got much dizzier each time and was unable to stick with it. I still may re-visit it but my current doctor doesn't want me to yet. Nortriptyline was even worse and that one I will not re-try. Plus I would benefit from the additional ingredients in the Ami that the Nort doesn't have.