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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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Generic Imitrex (sumatriptan): Yes, alsuma.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have chronic migraines and take Imitrex (sumatriptan) for relief -is there anything new on the market?
Yes: There several other effective medications. Discuss with your provider ...Read more
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. http://www.americanheadachesociety.org/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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