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

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've had a migraine that has lasted for 3 days. I've taken various OTC medication and Imitrex (sumatriptan) with no result. What else can I do?

I've had a migraine that has lasted for 3 days. I've taken various OTC medication and Imitrex (sumatriptan) with no result. What else can I do?

Atypical Migraine: Although it would be very unusual for a migraine to last 3 days, it is not completely unheard-of. If it is the 'worst headache of your life' I would proceed to an emergency department for additional evaluation and treatment options. Rest will usually relieve a migraine. If it persists or recurs I would go to see a neurologist for additional evaluation and care. ...Read more

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Will apri birth control be effected by the migraine medication sumatriptan (imitrex)?

No problem: And there are no interactions between sumatriptan and apri. Rec.: if concerned see you prescribing physician for more information. ...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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Prescribed Imitrex for migraines. But I only recvd 9 with NO refills. Why wasn't I given refills? Out of 35 days Ive had 23 headaches. What can I do?

Prescribed Imitrex for migraines. But I only recvd 9 with NO refills. Why wasn't I given refills? Out of 35 days Ive had 23 headaches. What can I do?

Depends on why: Many times, there are limits on insurance coverage for triptan medication. All that means is that you are directly or indirectly buying an insurance policy that covers a few pills a month, but can either self-pay for more pills or buy a different insurance plan. Other times, the doctor worries about the patient to taking too many doses, and needs her to be rechecked in the office before refilling. ...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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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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Severe allergy to sulfa drugs as child. Have taken Imitrex and hctz for years off and on w no prob. Would I be ok taking celebrex (celecoxib)?

Severe allergy to sulfa drugs as child. Have taken Imitrex and hctz for years off and on w no prob. Would I be ok taking celebrex (celecoxib)?

Probably: Although the sulfur molecule is in Celebrex (celecoxib), (celecoxib) only a few people with allergies to sulfa antibiotics also react to Celebrex (celecoxib). The allergy appears to be related to a special form of sulfur at the molecular level. This form isn't present in non-antibacterial meds with sulfur in them. But talk to your doc about it & tell him your concerns. See http://tinyurl.com/ohak2hx and http://tinyurl.com/kzu9o6f ...Read more

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I have form of mds-refractory anemia. Let's get into that later. Have extreme drug reactions when using a new drug-siezures difficulty breathing etc. Dr want to do pristiq/imitrex istead of pristiq/fiorocet. I'm scared of severe reaction (always low hct)

I have form of mds-refractory anemia. Let's get into that later. Have extreme drug reactions when using a new drug-siezures difficulty breathing etc. Dr want to do pristiq/imitrex istead of pristiq/fiorocet. I'm scared of severe reaction (always low hct)

Drug reaction: Refractory anemia has no impact on your question. The medications you mention usually used for migraine.any medications in the world have side effects to small percentage of the patients and the majority usually benefit from the medications. If you are afraid of the side effects, you may not be able to use any medications at all ...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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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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What are the side effects of using Imitrex (sumatriptan) every day?

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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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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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?

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

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Having migraines for 2 weeks. Nothing otc helps. Got rx of imitrex 25mg. Day 2 with headaches still occurring. ?

25 mg of sumatriptan: Is a low dose. If it works for you, just not well enough, you may need 50 mg or 100 mg per dose. You're prescribing physician may want to be very cautious. If 25 mg doesn't work or doesn't work well enough, call your doctor and tell him/her so. (S)he may be willing to try a higher dose & is just waiting for a report from you on how it's working (or not working). ...Read more

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I didn't get to take my Imitrex (sumatriptan) until about one hour after my migraine started and it won't go away what can I do?

Try Ice: A successful treatment used in the united kingdom is ice: best done with soft, flexible gel ice. With cloth to protect skin apply ice front and back of head for 20 minutes, repeat with new ice sheets two more times for 20 minutes each time. Careful for frostbite! You are doing it right if you need to get under covers, you are so cold. Stops 50% migraines, um, cold in their tracks! ...Read more

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I take 60 mg a day of cymbalta (duloxetine) and 100 mg of Imitrex as needed but lately it's been 3 times a week. Is this a safe combo?

Serotonin: This combination is safe in most people, but the combination can cause an excess of serotonin triggering anxiety, tremor, and other symptoms of serotonin syndrome. ...Read more

Imitrex (Definition)

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