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Can you develop a tolerance to imitrex

A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology 18 years experience
In a way: There does seem to be a waxing and waning effect of many headache medications, and a drug that works well for years can become less effective with tim... Read More
Dr. William Howland
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Yes: If used frequently Triptan medicines like imitrex (sumatriptan) can become less effective. In some cases rebound headaches can occur with analgesics l... Read More
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Not uncommon: This is but one reason we have so many triptans, as response is very variable, tolerance does develop and some patients do NOT even respond, making it... Read More

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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Is it the right med?: I have seen many, many people who do not respond to typical migraine medications (imitrex, relpax, (eletriptan) maxalt, etc) because they don't have t... Read More
Dr. Kenneth Choquette
Pain Management 36 years experience
Maybe: But a more accurate explanation is that you may be treating the wrong condition with the wrong med. Since many people have mixed headache patterns, an... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
Neurology 59 years experience
Tolerance to the med: The best way to treat migraine is prevention, either by avoiding trigger mechanisms or medications tryptans are the only meds that can be taken even w... Read More
Dr. Christopher Wilson
Sleep Medicine 22 years experience
Yes: If you take triptan meds more than 8 days a month on average you can develop medication overuse headache aka rebound headache which is a state when ab... Read More
Dr. Joshua Turknett
Neurology 21 years experience
In some cases: There are two situations where we sometimes see a decline in effectiveness of imitrex (sumatriptan). 1. Over time, some people will note a drop in its... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 55 years experience
4 migraine: 4 migraine rx. 50 mg doses, tabletn nasel spray, injection (single ues auto injectors), there may b a xdermal patch also. Rx med. Oral is least eff... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Should not: The main problem with taking anything everyday as a treatment for a migraine is that it can cause rebound headaches. This is even true of triptans, bu... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Sumatriptan: It is a headache medicine that narrows blood vessels around the brain. Imitrex (sumatriptan) also reduces substances in the body that can trigger head... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Recommended dosage: The "triptans" such as Imitrex (sumatriptan) can be used no more than 2 tabs in a given 24 hours...Some people have prolonged attacks of migraines nee... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Both have Imitrex (sumatriptan): Imitrex (sumatriptan) is a triptan used to treat migraines and treximet also has imitex but also contains the non-steroidal drug naproxen.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Julie Reardon
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Not ideal: Imitrex (sumatriptan) is not supposed to be used for routine use, it is not prevention of migraines nor supposed to be used daily. It narrows blood ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
Imitrex (sumatriptan) SE: chest and other pressure sensations, vertigo, parasthesia, stomach pain, headache and confusion. Is a great abortive drug to treat episodic migraine h... Read More
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