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Imitrex (Overview)

Sumatriptan is an anti-migrane agent which is a kind of brain and nerve drug.


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I just started taking imitrex, (sumatriptan) what should I looke out for in terms of side effects?

I just started taking imitrex, (sumatriptan) what should I looke out for in terms of side effects?

Imitrex (sumatriptan) SE: Chest and other pressure sensations, vertigo, parasthesia, stomach pain, headache and confusion. Is a great abortive drug to treat episodic migraine headache. ...Read more

Imitrex (Overview)

Sumatriptan is an anti-migrane agent which is a kind of brain and nerve drug.


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Can you take Imitrex (sumatriptan) everyday if it is needed?

Not recommended: Daily use of Imitrex (sumatriptan) can lead to rebound headaches therefore worsening the problem. ...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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I took Imitrex (sumatriptan) at 8am and again at 10:15am and I still have this migraine is it okay for me to take a narco?

You need a plan: You should have a written and clear plan with your provider each step of the way as to what to do if your headache does or does not get better with stepwise medicine. Whoever is prescribing your medicine should want to know if it is working or not, so you are not left wondering what to do next. Even your medicine bottles should tell you--does the Norco say to take it if Imitrex (sumatriptan) fails? Call doctor! ...Read more

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I am prescribed 1 imitrex (sumatriptan)/day while on prednisone for MS relapse for just 12 days. Will I get rebound headaches from the imitrex (sumatriptan)?

I am prescribed 1 imitrex (sumatriptan)/day while on prednisone for MS relapse for just 12 days. Will I get rebound headaches from the imitrex (sumatriptan)?

Complex: First, use of Imitrex in this manner is controversial, and may not necessarily be the most beneficial approach if prednisone causes headaches. Second, if you are experiencing relapses on your current MS drug, this is a significant issue, and you need to discover if a newer more potent medication is needed (e.g., Gilenya, Tysabri, (natalizumab) even Lemtrada). Thirdly, supplement vitamin D, if not done. ...Read more

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Can I use Imitrex (sumatriptan) and maxalt in the same day?

Can I use Imitrex (sumatriptan) and maxalt in the same day?

Yes, but: More than 2 doses of each on the same day has not been well studied. Funny thing about this is there is an upper limit on daily dose of each drug per fda, but no upper limit on combination. We really don't know effect of 4 doses. They do work on the same body system and should have additive effect if dosed together. Keep that in mind when you make decision about how much to take in the same day. ...Read more

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Painful migraine! Took Imitrex (sumatriptan) (100mg) two hours ago. Is it more effective to take second dose 2 hrs after vs. 4 hrs? Not 2exceed 200/24 hr

Imitrex (sumatriptan) after 2 hour: According to the fda-approved directions, it is recommended to take a second dose of Imitrex (the same with another triptan - maxalt, relpax, (eletriptan) etc) 2 hours after the first dose. The maximum dose for 24 hours is 200 mg, although the drug is washed out of the body in 4 hours and taking a third 100 mg dose within 24 hours is not dangerous, but each person is different, so check with your doctor first. ...Read more

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I am prone to migraines. Neg neuro consult. Fiorecet doesn't work. Imitrex (sumatriptan) makes me sick. 1. Why do they occur same side all the time? 2.? Meds

I am prone to migraines. Neg neuro consult. Fiorecet doesn't work. Imitrex (sumatriptan) makes me sick. 1. Why do they occur same side all the time? 2.? Meds

Imitrex (sumatriptan): Imitrex (sumatriptan) is migraine specific but can be nauseating. Try to switch to another triptan or take a anti nausea medication. Fioricet often causes rebound headache, and as a headache specialist I do not recommend it. ...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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Is it safe to take Imitrex (sumatriptan) several days in a row?

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 needing to use it for couple of days in a row...So, if you are young and healthy otherwise, a couple of days of use should be ok. However, the need to use for few days suggests u should consult doc for a better regimen. Preventive care rx...Good luck. ...Read more

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Imitrex (sumatriptan) side effects how long do they last commonly? And can taking Imitrex (sumatriptan) cause toxic neuropathy?

Imitrex (sumatriptan) side effects: The side effects of imitrex, (sumatriptan) which are normally changes in heart rate, dizziness, or sleepiness, normally last less than one day.

Imitrex should not cause neuropathy. If you have neuropathy, there is probably some other cause. ...Read more

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When I take Imitrex (sumatriptan) it feels like my head is, or is that not a normal side effect?

When I take Imitrex (sumatriptan) it feels like my head is, or is that not a normal side effect?

Huh?: Is what? I assume you realize you left out what your head feels like.
In any case, discuss this side effect with whomever is your treating physician. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of Imitrex (sumatriptan) nasal spray for migraines?

Minor and major: There are many potential side effects, usually minor and local and some major. As a general principle, the stronger the medicine one takes, the increased potential for side effects. Imitrex is quite a strong medication- caution if over 50 years, arrhythmia, taking additional medications like ssri (celexa, prozac). More details at:
http://www. Medicinenet. Com/sumatriptan-nasal_spray/article. Htm. ...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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My dr said it was ok to take Imitrex (sumatriptan) while on Prozac despite the major interaction listed. Now maxalt also has the same interaction. Is it safe?

My dr said it was ok to take Imitrex (sumatriptan) while on Prozac despite the major interaction listed. Now maxalt also has the same interaction. Is it safe?

Serotonin syndrome: A limited number of people have had a serotonin syndrome from the combination of triptan migraine meds like imitrex, (sumatriptan) Maxalt with ssris like Prozac but I'm had many patients safely take the combo. Because the migraine meds are short acting I've not seen problems. What's for serotonin syndrome sx of sweating, confusion, agitation, racing heart rate. You might best start with half doses. ...Read more

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Is it safe to mix Imitrex (sumatriptan) and methocarbamol?

Is it safe to mix Imitrex (sumatriptan) and methocarbamol?

Maybe.: Imitrex (sumatriptan) and Methocarbamol (robaxin) are different classes of medications and are sometimes used in combination. Any time multiple medications are taken it increases the risk of side effects. Discuss your particular situation with your doctor. ...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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How many hours should Imitrex (sumatriptan) and celexa be taken apart?

How many hours should Imitrex (sumatriptan) and celexa be taken apart?

Serotonin Syndrome: Taking these two drugs together can rarely cause serotonin toxicity which is potentially fatal so you need to be aware of the symptoms (sudden jerking, rigidity, fever, change in vital signs, mental status changes, etc) and stop both and seek medical help immediately. ...Read more

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

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)?

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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Can you take Imitrex (sumatriptan) everyday if it is needed?

Not recommended: Daily use of Imitrex (sumatriptan) can lead to rebound headaches therefore worsening the problem. ...Read more

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

Sumatriptan: It is a headache medicine that narrows blood vessels around the brain. Imitrex (sumatriptan) also reduces substances in the body that can trigger headache pain, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and other migraine symptoms. ...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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Can Imitrex (sumatriptan) make you feel intoxicated?

Can Imitrex (sumatriptan) make you feel intoxicated?

Yes: Sumatriptan reduces the vascular inflammation associated with migraine this may make one feel light headed or "drunk". ...Read more

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Is it safe to take Imitrex (sumatriptan) several days in a row?

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 needing to use it for couple of days in a row...So, if you are young and healthy otherwise, a couple of days of use should be ok. However, the need to use for few days suggests u should consult doc for a better regimen. Preventive care rx...Good luck. ...Read more

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What's the difference between treximet and imitrex (sumatriptan)?

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. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of using Imitrex (sumatriptan) everyday?

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 vessels to treat the migraines and can have affects on circulation, there are better options to look at prevention. ...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