Organize your migraine prescription medication with one of the most useful forms I have ever seen in my little migraine world. The one that ACHE uses as their Patient Information and Instruction Form is excellent.
It looks like any doctor can fill in the blanks and it flows to a very important list of exactly what you need to do, take and when.
It tells you your options when the medications don't work well enough. I can't tell you how many of my clients tell me about their breakthrough pain as if its OK.
I repeat when the medications don't work well enough.
"It's OK, I'm used of it." It's not OK. You should be able to have your medications abort the attack so you can get back to your life.
Admittedly I have only achieved this recently. It was a long road. But I never had this form! It's so simple and easy.
This is much better than my little pink recipe cards I’ve been telling you about.
ACHE is such a good resource, I hope they don’t mind me sharing the form with you. I have changed it a little so hopefully it’s easier to read and then remember at a later date. The best way to deal with pain is to be as organized as possible.
The form starts with the basic information:
Date of office visit
You have been diagnosed with _______________ migraine.
This is the best bit – to date I have never received this kind of detailed information from a Doctor, but I have from a Pharmacist. So if your Doctor doesn't have time, you do have the option to change Doctors and find one who does!
Or do it yourself using this form. The printable form link is below.
You have been prescribed the following medication(s) as part of your pain management treatment plan, please follow these instructions provided:
A. Acute treatment:
At the earliest warning sign of a migraine attack please take your abortive name _________________.
If you do not feel pain relief by _______ hours, then take __________________.
B. Rescue treatment:
If you do not feel relief by _________ hours since your last dose of acute medication, you can take your rescue medication named _______________.
C. Preventive treatment:
You have also been prescribed a medicine that will decrease the frequency and severity of your headaches.
a. Take prescribed prophylactic medication named ________________ for ________ days.
b. After these ______ days, you should increase the dose to ___________mgs at __________ (time) for _________ days.
c. After _______ days, you should increase the dose to _______mgs.
Please click here to print out this migraine prescription medication treatment plan to take to your next doctors visit.
1. After treating your migraine headaches, with your migraine prescription medication, if you do not get sufficient pain relief from your acute medication, please contact your doctor.
2. If you do not see an improvement in your migraines after using the prescribed preventive medications – allow 4 – 12 weeks, or whatever is advised for progress – please call your doctor.
3. If you experience any unusual symptoms or side effects, please call your doctor immediately.
4. Make a follow up appointment to monitor the migraine prescription medication and its effectiveness. It is normally 3 months. This may be too long between visits for you, make sure you arrange what feels right for you. Click here for my medication tracking form for assistance in keeping track of your successful and unsuccessful medications.
5. Keep a migraine diary with details of your frequency and occurrence, treatment taken and response to the treatment. List any recognizable triggers.
6. Keep a good supply of medications at home and take one
abortive with you everywhere you go. Make sure to see your doctor and
fill your prescriptions regularly. Be prepared.
You can buy all sorts of medications over the internet, but I urge you to buy only from a reliable source like Walgreen's or your local pharmacy.
Stay safe when it comes to medications. PLEASE!
- Be sure you know what to expect from the medication regarding its efficacy.
- Be clear on what to take and when.
- Make sure you and your doctor come up with a plan you can follow.
- It might take 2 to 3 months before you notice a decrease in the frequency of attacks.
- Treatment may be required for 6 to 12 months or longer.
- Discuss what to do if you have any side effects. Ask how to avoid any side effects and how to treat them if they do appear. For example - get the phone number you need to call if you experience swelling.
- These preventive drugs can be used in combination with others and can be changed. Make sure you are clear with your doctor about all of this.
I wish I knew then, what I know now!
Besides my prescription medications, these all work for me. Give them a try:
• Ice packs for migraine relief
• Easing Pain Relaxation CD's
Until next time, be well and be pain free.
1. American Council for Headache Education (ACHE) sponsored by The American Headache Society (2011) Patient Information and Instruction Form. Available at: http://www.achenet.org. Accessed June 5, 2011.
Rescue Migraine Medications
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