Use of triptans and benzos?


I had to cave in today and took a Zomig pill. Within 1 hour, the crushing headache I’d had for 2.5 days was gone. But the symptoms of dizziness, tinnitus, ear fullness… still remain.

A few questions:

  1. Does anyone know why this is?

  2. Is it benzos like Valium and Clonazepam that suppress the dizzy symptoms? and 3. Do they interfere with any natural compensation that may occur?

  3. Is it hard to get a doc to prescribe you these on top of another preventative? I think I read some docs don’t like to prescribe this but I’m unsure why…

  4. Which meds generally work for dizzyness AND migraine?.. I’m reading conflicting things, or is it just generally trial and error per person?

Sorry for all the questions, I’m just very keen to get my head round all this and to understand it prior to going to see my neurologist next Friday.

Thank you x

I think you can take triptans with a beta blocker. I think it’s a no no when you take any antidepressant med. Where do you live? I have found most doctors are okay with prescribing benzos to me. I don’t have any history of addiction, and play it very safe and take low amounts, so I think that helps. A lot of neurologists seem less likely to rx them, whereas more psychiatrsts seem more apt to do it. I have heard Australia doctors are very stingy.
The benzos are basically mild anticonvulsants. So they tend to calm down the brain/central nervous system. For some, the dizziness, anxiey etc lessen. There are no guarantees. I know that many of us do well with a low dose valium or klonopin.
The Doctor that is a migraine/MAV specialist, said that migraine and the accompanying symptoms of dizziness etc…are all considered from the same source, and therefor should get resolved once hitting the correct med, and after a 4-6 week trial. I found personally, that it took a few different meds to really knock out all my symptoms.