I live and die by Maxalt
, otherwise known as rizatriptan, which is an ergotamine-derived prescription medication which stops migraines in their tracks. It's related to Imitrex and Relpax, neither of which work terribly well for me; Imitrex seems to lower my (already fairly low) blood pressure and makes me dizzy and lightheaded, and Relpax makes me see trails. Both of them kill migraines, but they both leave me less-than-competent; Maxalt kills the migraine without doing anything else to incapacitate me, which makes it a Total Win.
In the US, I take it in tablet form. In Belgium, it's only sold in quick-dissolving tablet form, and the quick-dissolving tablet contains aspartame.
Irony: Aspartame is a guaranteed migraine trigger for me. The amount of aspartame in a single piece of sugarfree chewing gum is enough to have me hiding under a black duvet with the curtains drawn, moaning that there's still too much light.
I am, however, happy to report that in a duel between the amount of rizatriptan and the amount of aspartame in one quick-dissolving tablet, the rizatriptan won.
I wonder whether there's a "scissors" in that equation.