Have You Tried Verapamil?

By Jenxoxo Latest Activity May 25, 2010 at 1:53 pm Views 4,433 Replies 13 Likes 1


I went to a neurologist yesterday and he wants me to try Verapamil. Verapamil is a preventative migraine medicine that also treats other things like hypertension and cardiac arrhythmia. It is basically a medication for high blood pressure, but apparently treats migraines with aura very well. Has anyone tried this? And if so, what do you think?

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  • JKN71
    JKN71 November 12, 2012 at 2:05 am   

    Yes, second month on it, but in combination with 100 mg of Topamax 2x per day. I think it's really helping, except for monthly hormonal migraines. I had more than 15 per month, and it has cut them back.

  • pushygab
    pushygab February 24, 2012 at 6:30 pm   

    Sometimes metabolic illnesses can cause migraines. In some of these genetic illnesses you need a high carbohydrate diet. That means lots of vegetables and fruit, then the normal amount of bread, noodles, protein etc. Try that and see how you go, or look it up on google and see if anything fits, and then talk to your GP doctor about it. All the best. I did it and found out that I need zinc and vitamin B6 every day to help me along with the high vegetable and fruit diet.

  • middle
    middle January 3, 2012 at 6:48 am   

    I have never used Verapamil- I have always used Paxil and it has done the trick. I take it daily. I usually have one major migraine a year and end up going to the hospital to get a shot if I can't get rid of it. Carol

  • mosweeny
    mosweeny September 3, 2011 at 1:57 am   

    i was on verapamil for a few years. no big improvement for me. was worth a try though. my mom is still on it - but it was menopause that cured her migraines… hoping it's the same for me ;)

  • snwbird
    snwbird September 7, 2011 at 11:03 am   

    I'm hoping the same thing. I've been suffering for 30 yrs. and tried everything on the market. I feel like a guinea pig for the FDA when it comes to drugs to help with migraines. :-)

  • manz
    manz July 15, 2010 at 12:58 pm   

    I understand there are few drugs out there that can help people with this chronic suffering condition and believe me i went thru almost twenty years with this but read the discussion i posted and let me hear your feedback-and im not in any way trying to ruin the drug administration on making medicines to help people but a lot of people cant afford medical drugs for this problem but recreational use might be a solution-and you will find out more when you read my discussion. thanx

  • bahbah46
    bahbah46 March 7, 2011 at 11:06 am   

    i take depakote er as a preventive for migraines.

  • snwbird
    snwbird September 7, 2011 at 11:01 am   

    That didn't work for me either. I think I've tried everything there is for migraines and none of the preventatives have helped me. Good Luck I hope it works for you. Hang in there. :-)

  • Eisen
    Eisen November 18, 2011 at 12:28 pm   

    I have tried about everything as well. My neuro has recently given me Botox and that did not even help. I have thought about the recreational approach but I like my lungs.

  • snwbird
    snwbird November 19, 2011 at 12:09 am   

    My pain management doc wants me to try Botox, but that stuff kind of scares me. Which I find ironic because I've basically been a guinea pig for just about anything to help me. I just have a thing against needles in my face. I've had injections in my neck at the spinal cord, but I guess because I can't see them I'm okay, it's just the ideal of being able to see a doctor stick a needle in my face that I have a problem with. Did they ask you if you wanted to be knocked out for them to do it or did they just inject you with local (numbing)?
    I'm doubtful that it'll work anyway. Yeah, I hear you loud and clear about the recreational approach, but because of my work I can't do that. I've known people, mostly Nam Vets, that have used that to help with the symptoms of Agent Orange and it really did help them and they didn't use it to get blown out of their mind they were responsible about using it. In fact I'm originally from Michigan and I even know one person who grew it themselves in their yard and every cop in the County knew it, but they never bothered them. They only grew 2-3 bushes at a time, just enough to help themselves with their ailment. That was back in the late 70's early 80's though, I don't know how they'd deal with it now, hopefully they'd leave a person alone that are responsible with it. BTW this person lived out in country and most people just thought they were miniature Christmas trees, their house sat back far off the road so unless you were up close to them you didn't know the difference. Kind of humorous when I think about it. Unfortunately this person did succumb to the diesease and passed on. It was pitiful though that back then they weren't allowed to even use it medicinally. Let me know about the Botox and how yours was done though so I can have some sort of ideal of what I may be getting myself into if I can get past the needle in the face fear. Good Luck on your treatment and I hope you have as few as headaches as one who suffers from this during this time of the year. I find these holidays and the weather changes really have a bad effect on mine. Take Care!

  • JKN71
    JKN71 November 12, 2012 at 2:09 am   

    The Botox shots aren't nearly as painful as you would think. Just close your eyes. They are mostly in your hairline. The worst one is between your eyebrows, but even it's not that bad.

  • survivor9
    survivor9 June 9, 2013 at 1:36 pm   

    If your migraines are anything like mine… Botox isn't nearly as painful you have some pain relief as a payoff. I've been doing the 31 point injections of Botox for about 1 1/2 years and still no relief. I had thought it worked for awhile t then it but then it stopped. You should try it for at least 3 consequative times every 3 months and see if you receive any relief.

  • Eisen
    Eisen November 19, 2011 at 7:57 am   

    I understand your anxiety about trying the botox. I was really worried and the articles I read scared me even more. My first time for treatment came it was not as bad as I was prepared for. I was given an ice pack to place over my forehead (which felt great because I had a headache). He then injected less the amount of injections than the articles had hinted he would. It stung a little but I closed my eyes. He also placed a few injections in the back of my neck. The part that has been hard to get use to is the plastic feeling of my forehead. The only problem is when I get a migraine is does not feel in my face but deeper where they cannot put the Botox. Good luck.