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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
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
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
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.
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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?
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 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 more
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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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
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
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
Don't take both: Both are same class of drugs.Only one should be taken out of two. ...Read more
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
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
Initrex: Not as far as i know.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
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
I just gave myself an Imitrex (sumatriptan) injection in the arm for the first time. What to expect ?
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