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A 33-year-old female asked:

Is gabapentin an effective migraine treatment? i can't take tryptans, ssris, maois or nsaids and have severe gerd.

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Neurontin (gabapentin): Anti seizure/mood stabilizer medications are options for migraine prevention, such as Neurontin, Depakote & Topamax (topiramate). Discuss with your doctor.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Suggest: First, am not impressed with gabapentin efficacy in migraine prevention. But why not consider use of an OTC preparation such as butterbur, feverfew, CoQ10, magnesium, or riboflavin, all of which work far better than most prescription meds, yet have far fewer adverse effects.
Dr. Bert Liang
Specializes in Neurology
Prophylaxis or tx?: It isn't clear from your question if you have chronic migraine or episodic migraine. Gabapentin isn't optimal for chronic, but botulinum toxin can be used; for episodic there are a number of injectable medications that can be helpful as well such as Imitrex. You should talk to your doctor regarding these options.

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