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Doctor insights on: Imitrex Warnings And Recalls

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Can you take Imitrex everyday if it is needed?

Can you take Imitrex everyday if it is needed?

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

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Imitrex (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Can one build a tolerance to imitrex? 

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 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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Please describe the medication: imitrex?

Please describe the medication: imitrex?

Imitrex: 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?

What is the definition or description of: imitrex?

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 long does Imitrex last?

How long does Imitrex 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, to supplement its effect and speed relief. ...Read more

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How much Imitrex can I take in a month?

How much Imitrex can I take in a month?

A limited amount: Taking Imitrex 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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How much Imitrex 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 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 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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Are there risks associated with taking Imitrex for migraines on a long term basis, for 1-2 migraines per month?

Are there risks associated with taking Imitrex 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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Is it safe to take Imitrex 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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Dr. Jennifer White
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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