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Medicine For Imitrex Allergy
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
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
Rash, itching, cough: The typical allergic reaction involves one' s immune system targeting and reacting to a foreign substance, be it a drug or the venom of a bee. This reaction typically includes, with drugs, including imitrex, generalized rashes, itching, coughing, throat scratchiness, and if severe throat swelling and respiratory compromise requiring intubation. Imitrex can also narrow coronary arteries. Hence, MI ...Read more
I took imitrex (sumatriptan) for migraine-my internist told me today it was OK for me. I have nsaid sulfa ultram allergies with severe reactions seizure, Stevens Joh?
Imitrex (sumatriptan) and Sulfa: Hello. Your doc wouldn't prescribe this if they they had grave concerns. It is interesting how medis, which contain sulfa are tolerated by patients with sulfa allergies. Example Can't take sulfa based antibiotic but can take Celebrex (celecoxib) (sulfa based) without any issues. A "few molecules" separates each sulfa family (class) so the cross-reactivity between sulfa classes is is lower than expected. ...Read more
Imitrex (sumatriptan) & allergy ok: It's all right to take your allergy medication on the same day as your sumatriptan. There are no dangerous interactions warnings for antihistamines, leukotriene blocking agents or steroids when used in combination with sumatriptan. The only warning that comes close is a warning for the cough syrup ingredient dextromethorphan. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
Would the drugs imitrex, (sumatriptan) tranzene, Zoloft cause/adversely affect eye muscle imbalance?
Tranzene: Tranzene would be most likely of the meds listed. ...Read more
It seems lately that my right hand and my foot are cold and I don't know why? I take bc powder for migraines and thyroid medicine. Imitrex (sumatriptan) as well.
See below: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
Generic Imitrex (sumatriptan): Yes, alsuma.Get a more detailed answer ›
Headache log: I would suggest starting a headache log. When you get the headache, where it is, how severe, what you were doing before, etc and what you do to help it. Take this to your doctor. Tension headaches are due to referred pain from muscle tension. See a massage therapist who works with trigger points and look at clair davies' book the trigger point workbook. This may help you manage your headaches. ...Read more
Aspirin: Throughout the ages the most effective treatment for migraine has been aspirin. However, must take enough (1000mg) and at early onset of migraine and using rapid dissolving form. Often more beneficial if taken with tylenol (acetaminophen) and with Reglan and with some caffeine. Combination of Imitrex with naprosyn may also be quite effective. ...Read more
Depends.: The first issue that must be addressed is whether triptans are effective. Once that is established, your physician will determine the appropriate usage based on the specific triptan chosen. Secondly, patients that require triptans frequently as abortive care for migraines, are likely better served by transitioning to prophylactic medications to prevent the onset of migraines. ...Read more
I get migraine headaches 5x/week and take Imitrex (sumatriptan) for it. Are there short / long term risks?
OVER USING IMITREX (sumatriptan): Serious side effects include heart arrhythmia (irregular heart beat)/palpitation, and rare heart attack especially older folks with risks. Being male at 61, it is a bit risky. Using 5x/wk is excessive. There are daily meds to help prevent migraine attacks and so I suggest consulting doc for eval and treatment. Since you are taking med 5x/wk for severe headaches, why not daily to stop it? Good luck. ...Read more
PCP has me with 9 tabs imitrex (sumatriptan) per month for migraines. Some drs here say no more than 1-2 tabs a month. Which is right?
Discuss your concern: The PCP needs your trust and confidence or ask for a referral. The useage is PRN and very specific as to when to take it for effectiveness. Get, understand and follow really good directions. Hopefully you'll not need anywhere near the 9/mth available. Know the side effects to watch for! I've never seen the 2/mth limit. Check again and ask your PCP to explain to your comfort. ...Read more
I am on propranolol 80mg at night and when I get migraines I can take Imitrex (sumatriptan) 100mg x2 if needed, but I sweat and its not going away what to do?
Unclear: I'm not clear from your question (& I know space is limited) if you're saying the sweating won't go away or the migraines won't go away. The treatment for the two is very dissimilar. ...Read more
I've had migraines since January and tried fioricet and imitrex (sumatriptan) but it didn't help and I'm 16 years old. Can it be something serious? What should I do
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