POLL: The Big Med Poll: What is helping/helped you?

Please only select a medication you believe helped you or is helping you and you take/have taken regularly. You can select more than one drug (in case you take a combo or have found drugs useful at different times). If you’ve had to use an ‘other’ category, or not found an appropriate selection for it, please feel free to state the drug in a reply below:

  • Amitriptyline, a tricyclic antidepressant
  • Noritriptyline, a tricyclic antidepressant
  • Other tricyclic antidepressant
  • An SSRI (e.g. Zoloft (Sertraline), Lexapro (Escitalopram), Paxil (Paroxetine), Prozac (Fluoxetine), Citalopram (Celexa), etc.)
  • An SNRI (e.g. Cymbalta (Duloxetine), Effexor (Venlafaxine), Pristiq (Desvenlafaxine) etc.)
  • A GABA analog anti-convulsant (e.g. Gabapentin, Pregabalin)
  • A Benzo (e.g. Diazepam, Lorazepam) anti-convulsant.
  • Fructose based anti-convulsants (e.g. Topimirate (Topamax))
  • Fatty acid anti-convulsants (e.g. Valproate (Depakote))
  • Other anti-convulsant
  • Pizotifen, a serotonin antagonist, antihistamine
  • Meclizine, an antihistamine
  • Other antihistamine
  • A beta-blocker antihypertensive (e.g. Propanolol)
  • A calcium channel blocker antihypertensive (e.g. Verapamil)
  • Other antihypertensive
  • A carbonic anhydrase inhibitor diuretic (e.g. Acetazolamide (Diamox))
  • An osmotic diuretic (e.g. mannitol)
  • A thiazide diuretic (e.g. bendroflumethiazide)
  • Other diuretic (e.g. a Loop diuretic)
  • Betahistine (SERC)
  • Prochlorperazine, an antipsychotic (marketed as Stemetil, Buccastem etc.)

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Thanks for all the feedback to help me put this together. NB Supplements for another poll.


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It would be interesting to see results by geographic region. Different countries seems to recommend different meds

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Interesting idea. Yes that’s true. Unfortunately there’s very little take up of the User Location feature (which in any case was not available at the time of this Poll), so such an analysis is unlikely to be possible.

Different specialists each have their own favourites. Must be a variety of factors why preventative use varies from country to country. One is surely availability. Some drugs are banned from use in some countries but in regular use else. Some other drugs are not yet licensed, for example all but one injectable preventative, here in UK. My knowledge is limited to the UK where I know medics are strongly influenced by, and GPs specifically must strictly adhere to National Guidelines produced by NICE (SIGN in Scotland). Whether other countries follow similar procedure I have no idea. All I can say is in UK the NICE guidelines must have an exceedingly strong influence on all drug choice including MAV preventatives. That would nicely skew any UK statistics towards Propranolol, Amitriptyline and Topiramate.