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"Can my daughter take other pain medicine with Sumatriptan?"
She has a major migraine and the sumatriptan is not wirking. Is there anything else we can do?
Migraines can be extremely painful and debilitating and it is not easy to see your daughter suffer. It is very important for your daughter to make an appointment with the doctor that is treating her migraines, usually a primary care doctor or a neurologist, to discuss appropriate medications for her acute treatment. In general, sumatriptan is a good option for abortive treatment of migraines, but there are other options if she feels that it is not working adequately. It is often recommended that sumatriptan be taken with ibuprofen as well but do not have her take this unless it is ok with her doctor. There is actually a medication called Treximet that is a combination of sumatriptan and naproxen (a form of ibuprofen). Make sure that her doctor discusses measures she can take to avoid potential triggers for setting off a migraine. Also, if her migraines are frequent and severe, sometimes prophylactic medication (taken everyday to prevent a migraine) can be very helpful. Again, taking other pain medications with sumatriptan, especially ibuprofen, is usually safe and often recommended, however, it is very important that your daughter discuss this with her doctor to make sure that she does not have any contraindications to additional medications.
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