I just flipped through channels and felt the hole in my head throbbing.
I've used Maxalt and Imitrex for migraines. Both work, and are in the same class of drugs. So my mom saw an advertisement for "stopthepain.com." It's for a new drug that combines Imitrex with naproxen. See, Imitrex is going off patent sometime in the next few months. And what do you do when a drug goes off patent? You twist it a little so you can keep getting people to take a prescription version that costs three or four times what a generic does. So they are marketing a new drug called Treximet. Maybe that's all fine if you have a plan that has generous prescription drug coverage. For the rest of us, the idea of continuing to pay as much as $25 for a single pill is a little hard to swallow.
What I think is funny about Treximet is that they tested it against Imitrex and against taking naproxen alone. They did not test it against taking one pill of Imitrex and one pill of naproxen. I would bet the reason is that both work the same - only one costs $16 less. From now on, every time I take a Maxalt, I'm taking a pill or two of naproxen.
Read more here.
Oh, and on Friday I drank two strong cups of coffee, took two Excedrin migraine and went for a five mile run. By the end, I was a human being again.