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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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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


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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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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.

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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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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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What's a good drug to use for migraines instead of imitrex (sumatriptan)?

What's a good drug to use for migraines instead of imitrex (sumatriptan)?

Migraine: There are several products in the triptan family, of which Imitrex (sumatriptan) is a member. One of those might work better for you. There is also Dihydroergotamine (an injection) or ergotamine/caffeine tablets. These are the best 2 groups for treatment. There are also med for preventing migraines, like inderal. Discuss with your pcp or neurologist which might work best for you. ...Read more

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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

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I am a daily user of imitrex (sumatriptan). I have chronic daily severe migraines. What is recommended?

I am a daily user of imitrex (sumatriptan). I have chronic daily severe migraines. What is recommended?

Medication over use: You may have a condition known as medication overuse headache. This used to be called rebound headache. This can occur from frequent use of medications designed to abort headaches. Usually one will need to detox from the medications and start on a preventative type medication to control the headache. You should consult with a headache specialist.
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Are there risks associated with taking Imitrex (sumatriptan) for migraines on a long term basis, for 1-2 migraines per month?

Are there risks associated with taking Imitrex (sumatriptan) for migraines on a long term basis, for 1-2 migraines per month?

None that we know of: So long as the long term usage remains at 1-2x/month. If at some point the patient or doctor recognizes that things are escalating to 2-3/month or 3-4/month...even though these are still below what would be considered CHRONIC patterns of dependency it should be clear that something is changing that needs to be dealt with...otherwise, long term use @ 1-2x/month is fine. BTW, you should start DIARY ...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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Can I take Imitrex (sumatriptan) right after celexa?

Can I take Imitrex (sumatriptan) right after celexa?

Absolutely not: Taken together, there is a risk of serotonin syndrome which may cause serious symptoms requiring hospitalization. ...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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What should be the time between maxalt and imitrex (sumatriptan)?

What should be the time between maxalt and imitrex (sumatriptan)?

Don't take both: Both are same class of drugs. Only one should be taken out of two. ...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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What are some side effects of taking Imitrex (sumatriptan) for migraines?

What are some side effects of taking Imitrex (sumatriptan) for migraines?

Many have none, but: There r always minor or serious side effects; also allergic reactions. Some minor--anxiety, tingly skin, dizzy, strange feeling, nausea...; allergic--hives, difficult breathing, tightness chest, swelling lips...Serious--fast, irregular heart rate, hallucinating, numbness in an extremity, severe flushing, cyanotic fingers or toes. Enough? Every med--rx or otc has mild-severe adverse/allergic reax. ...Read more

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If I am allergi to sulfa drugs and can take imitrex (sumatriptan) can I take codiene?

Sulfa & Codeine: Hello. You shouldn't have problems with taking codeine just because you have an allergy to sulfa. If you take a dose of codeine BY ITSELF and experience an allergic reaction, it would be unrelated to sulfa.
As for codeine and opioids in general, they aren't recommended to be used long term for migraines pain mgmt. This class of meds carries long term side effects which you will want to avoid. ...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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I took 5mg flexeril 24 hrs ago and just took 50mg Imitrex (sumatriptan). Anything to worry about?

I took 5mg flexeril 24 hrs ago and just took 50mg Imitrex (sumatriptan). Anything to worry about?

No probem: In theory there is a risk this combination may increase the risk of serotonin syndrome. You can discuss this with your physician but this may be more of a theoretical risk as in practice I do not see this as a usual problem. Serotonin is a chemical your body produces that's needed for your nerve cells and brain to function. But too much serotonin causes symptoms that can range from mild (shivering and diarrhea) to severe (muscle rigidity, fever and seizures). Severe serotonin syndrome can be fatal if not treated. ...Read more

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Why is Imitrex (sumatriptan) for migraine limited by health insurance companies to 9 pills a month?

Contracts: A health insurance policy is basically a contract between you and the issuing company. They agree to cover certain procedures or medications up to the limits set in the policy & you agree to pay a certain premium. Some policies will exclude procedures or medications not on their "approved"list. Read the fine print, your insurer will never give you more than the contract specifies. They would go broke. ...Read more

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I just gave myself an Imitrex (sumatriptan) injection in the arm for the first time. What to expect?

Imitrx injection: Expect to see yoor headache go away quickly as it works faster than oral imitrex
since you have given this injection first time, if you have side effects you have to check the printout from the pharmacy, they will all be listed on the printout. ...Read more

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I took an Imitrex (sumatriptan) this am and it worked but my migraine is back, can I take another one?

Imitrex (sumatriptan): Let your prescribing doctor be aware of your dosing if exceeds what was prescribed. ...Read more

Imitrex (Definition)

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Overdose (Definition)

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