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Can one build a tolerance to imitrex (sumatriptan)? 

Can one build a tolerance to imitrex (sumatriptan)? 

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 time. In addition, using Imitrex (sumatriptan) more than 2-3 times per week can lead to the development of a medication overuse headache, which is very difficult to effectively treat. You may wish to consider adding a prophylactic medication. ...Read more

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Tolerance (Definition)

When one takes a drug, such as heroin or alcohol, repeatedly, 'tolerance' develops because more of the drug is needed to give the same effect on the body/brain; e.g. Liver enzymes r stimulated to metabolize the drug faster and faster. There may be a strong genetic predisposition to addiction, some studies suggesting that 1 of 10 people will become dependent on alcohol or some ...Read more


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Can a person who takes Imitrex (sumatriptan) for migraines build a tolerance to the drug?  having to eventually increase dose or change medications?

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 true migraines. Often time any bad headache is diagnosed as a migraine. There are many other types of headaches that can be just as bad (tension, cluster, rebound, etc) that do not respond to those treatments. Confirm that your diagnosis is correct first! ...Read more

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I have confirmed migraine diagnosis and if taken in time, Imitrex (sumatriptan) works. Can one build a tolerance to the Imitrex (sumatriptan) drug needing to up the dose?

I have confirmed migraine diagnosis and if taken in time, Imitrex (sumatriptan) works. Can one build a tolerance to the Imitrex (sumatriptan) drug needing to up the dose?

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 abortive meds don't work as well and preventatives are less effective as well. A headache diary is a key component of managing migraine. ...Read more

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How long does Imitrex (sumatriptan) last?

How long does Imitrex (sumatriptan) last?

Long enough: The effect of immitrex should be several houirs, long enough to resolve a headache. It can be given as a second dose in 2-4 hours. It should be given with a non steroidal antiinflammmatory such as Ibuprofen or naprosyn, (naproxen) to supplement its effect and speed relief. ...Read more

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How much Imitrex (sumatriptan) can I take in a month?

A limited amount: Taking Imitrex (sumatriptan) is like asking for another migraine attach when the meds wear off. Better treatment is to treat the cause of the migraines by rebalancing the neurotransmitters which are out of balance. Visit www.Neuroscioencemyths.Com to learn about he animo acid approach and to find adoctor to help get you on the program and get rid of the migraines. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: imitrex (sumatriptan)?

Please describe the medication: imitrex (sumatriptan)?

Imitrex (sumatriptan): Imitrex (sumatriptan) is a headache medicine that narrows blood vessels around the brain. Imitrex also reduces substances in the body that can trigger headache pain, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and other migraine symptoms. It is used to treat migraine headaches. Imitrex will only treat a headache that has already begun. It will not prevent headaches or reduce the number of attacks. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: imitrex (sumatriptan)?

What is the definition or description of: imitrex (sumatriptan)?

See below: Imitrex (sumatriptan) is a headache medicine that narrows blood vessels around the brain. Imitrex also reduces substances in the body that can trigger headache pain, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and other migraine symptoms. Imitrex is used to treat migraine headaches. Imitrex will only treat a headache that has already begun. It will not prevent headaches. ...Read more

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How much Imitrex (sumatriptan) is too much? In an average month I have to take around 12 doses. Could this have harmful effects?

Max = 200mg per day: You can take up to 100mg of Imitrex (sumatriptan) by mouth for migraine headaches and then repeat it again in 2 hours if the headache recurs for a maximum of 200mg by mouth every 24 hours. Any medication could have harmful effects, especially if you overdose. If you feel Imitrex (sumatriptan) isn't working for you, there are other options available. I recommend talking to your doctor for more information. ...Read more

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Sumatriptan (Definition)

Sumatriptan is a synthetic drug belonging to the triptan class, used for the treatment of migraine headaches. Structurally, it is an analog of the naturally occurring neuro-active alkaloids dimethyltryptamine (dmt), bufotenine, and 5-methoxy-dimethyltryptamine, with an n-methyl sulfonamidomethyl- group at position c-5 ...Read more


Imitrex (Definition)

Sumatriptan is an anti-migrane agent which is a kind of ...Read more