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What are the side effects of using Imitrex (sumatriptan) everyday?

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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Sumatriptan is an anti-migrane agent which is a kind of ...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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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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Need medicine for a migraine I've had Imitrex (sumatriptan) and a shot injection but don't like the side effects of either is there anything out now that's better?

Need medicine for a migraine I've had Imitrex (sumatriptan) and a shot injection but don't like the side effects of either is there anything out now that's better?

Headache. Pain: Pain is a process of repeating questions, reexamining, testing blood, doing studies (x-rays ct MRI eeg...), trying combination of meds. Time to figure out response (sometimes we change meds too soon) time for a particular diagnosis to manifest and treat accordingly. The more your doctor knows you the better for you. It's challenging, but is duable. Best of luck to you and health. ...Read more

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Imitrex (sumatriptan) side effects how long do they last commonly? And can taking Imitrex (sumatriptan) cause toxic neuropathy?

Imitrex (sumatriptan) side effects: The side effects of imitrex, (sumatriptan) which are normally changes in heart rate, dizziness, or sleepiness, normally last less than one day.

Imitrex should not cause neuropathy. If you have neuropathy, there is probably some other cause. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of using Imitrex (sumatriptan) nasal spray?

Only a few: Triptans can increase blood pressure, and sometimes drowsiness and lethargy follows useage. Triptans do affect size of blood vessels indirectly. Since too frequent or too high dosing over a short period of time can increase risk for heart attacks and/or strokes, doctors limit maximal doses for 24 hrs and 7 days. However, the nasal spray is very quick and effective, and a serious event is rare. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of Imitrex (sumatriptan) nasal spray for migraines?

Minor and major: There are many potential side effects, usually minor and local and some major. As a general principle, the stronger the medicine one takes, the increased potential for side effects. Imitrex is quite a strong medication- caution if over 50 years, arrhythmia, taking additional medications like ssri (celexa, prozac). More details at:
http://www. Medicinenet. Com/sumatriptan-nasal_spray/article. Htm. ...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 am prone to migraines. Neg neuro consult. Fiorecet doesn't work. Imitrex (sumatriptan) makes me sick. 1. Why do they occur same side all the time? 2.? Meds

I am prone to migraines. Neg neuro consult. Fiorecet doesn't work. Imitrex (sumatriptan) makes me sick. 1. Why do they occur same side all the time? 2.? Meds

Imitrex (sumatriptan): Imitrex (sumatriptan) is migraine specific but can be nauseating. Try to switch to another triptan or take a anti nausea medication. Fioricet often causes rebound headache, and as a headache specialist I do not recommend it. ...Read more

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Daily migraine 4-6 pm right side follows trigeminal nerve taking Imitrex (sumatriptan) sometimes 2x do I need a neuro consult?

MD or DDS?: Could be what used to be called trigeminal neuralgia and this can often be diagnosed and treated by a specially trained neuromuscular dentist, although clearance from a neurologist/md is always a good idea at first. ...Read more

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Certain months I get migraines almost daily. With them my left jaw. Behind ear and down side of my neck so painful...Imitrex helps migraine?

Certain months I get migraines almost daily. With them my left jaw. Behind ear and down side of my neck so painful...Imitrex helps migraine?

What is question?: If what you want to know is whether what you describe happens to other people besides you, the answer is yes. If that is not what you want to know, then please repost but this time ask an actual question, because although there is a question MARK in your question, there is no question in your question. ...Read more

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I've been having Migraines for past 4 days. Its on the side of my head. I taken Gabapentin, Excedrin, Imitrex, pamelor, topamax (topiramate). what else can I take?

I've been having Migraines for past 4 days. Its on the side of my head. I taken Gabapentin, Excedrin, Imitrex, pamelor, topamax (topiramate). what else can I take?

Try Magnesium: Try Magnesium daily for prevention, plus lots of hydration. You can apply ice to the area 20 mins on, 20 mins off. Massage to the neck, shoulders and scalp can be helpful, and also taking a warm bath. I have also found botox injections to be helpful, or lidicaine injections to the nerves at the base of the scalp. Hopefully you've been instructed about diet & smoking, etc. ...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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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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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.

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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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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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'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 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.
http://www. Americanheadachesociety. Org/. ...Read more

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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