Tuesday, July 03, 2012

werewolves and moldy rye bread

Ever discovered something moldy in the back of your fridge and joked about growing your own penicillin? I'm thinking I might want to start experimenting with moldy rye bread. That's where Ergot, the main ingredient of my migraine medication comes from.

Ergot also, according to my twelve year old son's collection of books about werewolves, can be blamed for werewolves and the Salem witch trials. It's scary stuff.

But the idea that I can't have any more of it scares me more than werewolves. I took my prescription in to the pharmacy yesterday and was told that they'd have to order it. Later, they called and told me that it wasn't currently being produced. They might be able to get it in a few weeks or months....or never. I checked with three other pharmacies and got responses varying from "no one takes that anymore" to "it's been pulled because the FDA never tested it properly." I've Googled and can't find any definite information, just one article that kind of explains the FDA thing.

I've been taking Cafergot for twenty-some years. It works for me. Apparently there are dangers from taking too much of it (and I take very little) but I was recently taking actual rat poison. How much worse could the risks be?

After spending all morning on the phone, I think I'm going to be able to get my prescription filled. Please cross your fingers for me. I really don't want to start experimenting with new medications to find a new one that works.

2 comments:

QuiltinLibraryLady said...

I used to take Cafergot as well. It sort of worked for me. As in, if I used one pill & it killed the migraine, great; if I had to take two I had to stay within 10-15 min. of a bathroom; if I had to take three to get rid of the headache I would be too nauseous to have any sort of normal day. And then there was that "other-worldly" feeling. But the pain usually went away!! Try taking magnesium supplements. That's what I started when my doctor left and I didn't want to go through the whole process of finding a new doctor and getting a new prescription. It really helped...and a few years later so did menopause....no more migraines, thank God. The EQUATE Migraine Relief is good (Wal*Mart brand of Excedrine Migraine).

Denise :) said...

With a post title like that, who could pass up reading today?! LOL! I've heard from several sources lately that low magnesium usually causes migraines ... might be worth taking the supplements. I hope you're able to fill the prescription that's been working for you! I hate migraines. Hate 'em, hate 'em, hate 'em. ::)

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