What medication does Michele Bachmann take to treat her migraines?

Michele Bachmann is on drugs. Literally.

Michele Bachmann is on drugs. Literally.

Ever since Michele Bachmann acknowledged that she suffers from migraines controlled by medication pundits have been asking: What drug is she on?

In her statement, Bachmann acknowledges she takes medication to treat her chronic migraines, which have hospitalized her several times. Considering some medications have strange side effects, and she's running for Leader of the Free World, it's only natural for people to wonder what chemicals she's taking.


Here's what Bachmann says about the medication:

"Like nearly 30 million other Americans, I experience migraines that are easily controlled with medication ... I have prescribed medication that I take whenever symptoms arise and they keep the migraines under control."


Bachmann stopped returning our phone calls long ago, so we have no inside info about what's in her medicine cabinet. But the most popular treatment for people with Bachmann's condition are a class of drug known as Triptans.

For many people with migraine attacks, triptans are the drug of choice. They are effective in relieving the pain, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound that are associated with migraines. Medications include sumatriptan (Imitrex), rizatriptan (Maxalt), almotriptan (Axert), naratriptan (Amerge), zolmitriptan (Zomig), frovatriptan (Frova) and eletriptan (Relpax). Side effects of triptans include nausea, dizziness and muscle weakness. They aren't recommended for people at risk for strokes and heart attacks. A single-tablet combination of sumatriptan and naproxen sodium (Treximet) has proved more effective in relieving migraine symptoms than either medication on its own.

Among the various treatments for migraines, none have any side effects that would call into question her fitness to lead, with the possible exception of opiates.

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