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

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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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Confusional Migraine (Definition)

Confusional migraine. "migraine includes a confusional state that occurs in only about 5 % of migraine patients. The confusion is tinctured with inattention, distractibility, and difficulty with speech and motor activities; and may last anywhere from 10 minutes to 20 hours, and commonly ending in ...Read more


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Can nasonex (mometasone) nasal spray cause migraines?

Can nasonex (mometasone) nasal spray cause migraines?

Not a cause: Nasonex (mometasone) would not cause migraines, but if you have migraines already then it is possible that something in the Nasonex (mometasone) could trigger a migraine in you. ...Read more

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I suffer from migraines. I take the nasal spray imitrex (sumatriptan). Am I allowed to take it 2x in the same week if need be?

Yes: Yes, your imitrex (sumatriptan) can be used a 2nd time 2 hours after the first dose. It should not be used more than twice in a 24 hour period. I hope your headache resolves. ...Read more

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Hello, im currently having very bad migraines and the tablets and nasal spray is not helping at all. The pain is so unbearable im feeling suicidal?

Hello, im currently having very bad migraines and the tablets and nasal spray is not helping at all. The pain is so unbearable im feeling suicidal?

Go to ER: You defniately need intervention right away, DO NOT WAIT. 400mg Magnesium and 200mg B6 often helpful, removing dairy and other inflammatory foods may help as well(dairy, grains, sugar) ...Read more

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Migraines 15yrs, tried otcs, -triptans, narcs, blockers, diet, with varying luck.Best luck-stadol nasal spray (max use 10x/mo). Any long term concerns?

Migraines 15yrs, tried otcs, -triptans, narcs, blockers, diet, with varying luck.Best luck-stadol nasal spray (max use 10x/mo). Any long term concerns?

Hormone: Migraine is often triggered by hormonal changes, have you tried birth control pills? If you have more than 15 migraines a month, Botox injections may be considered (not sure that this is fda approved for those under 18 but it is approved for other conditions down to age 12). ...Read more

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Meperidine - is it still used to stop migraines, or do people just use that nasal spray?

Meperidine - is it still used to stop migraines, or do people just use that nasal spray?

Usually no: If migraines don't respond to over the counter drugs, doctors try to use migraine specific medications such as triptans such as imitrex, maxalt, relpax, (eletriptan) zomig, etc or dhe and use narcotics or butalbital combinations as rescue medication or if patients have contraindications to the other medications. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for saline nasal spray overdose?

What is the treatment for saline nasal spray overdose?

No such thing: I can't imagine an overdose of steroid nasal spray. I have some patients flush with half a liter of saline twice a day. ...Read more

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My son has been sneezing a lot lately. I have tried giving him anti-histamine as treatment and a nasal spray but it's not helping. Its been a year since he had his adenoids removed. Not sure what to do.

My son has been sneezing a lot lately. I have tried giving him anti-histamine as treatment and a nasal spray but it's not helping. Its been a year since he had his adenoids removed. Not sure what to do.

Some basics: Sneezing is a natural response in an effort to remove irritants from the sensitive inner linings of the nose. Adenoids have nothing to do with it. A gentile nasal saline wash can help remove irritants. Avoiding fumes, smoke, perfumes, dust, odors, etc. can reduce the irritant triggers. Sometimes a nasal steroid spray can help. If it persists have him seen. ...Read more

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Is Rhinocort (budesonid nasal spray) the best treatment for patulous eustachian tube? what are the alternatives?

Is Rhinocort (budesonid nasal spray) the best treatment for patulous eustachian tube? what are the alternatives?

Possibly: Afrin is another otc medication that decongests nasal mucosa thereby relieving eustachian tube dysfunction (fullness in ears/popping/fluid build-up behind eardrum). Should only be used a few days at a time, read instructions. More potent treatments available with guidance from a physician. ...Read more

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When I clean my nose with saline nasal spray for my allergies I find blood in my mucus. Does this need treatment or a visit with a doctor?

When I clean my nose with saline nasal spray for my allergies I find blood in my mucus. Does this need treatment or a visit with a doctor?

Inflammation: Use an antihistamine in conjunction with the nasal saline. Avoid allergic triggers such as dust, mold and pollen. A virtual consultation is available online with healthtap to develop an allergy plan which may be useful for your and your PCP.
Gently remove mucus to avoid local irritation and minor bleeding. If the bleeding lasts longer than 5 minutes, please see urgent care or your PCP. ...Read more

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Are there any treatments to help with the discomfort of sinusitis? I have tried nasal spray with no help.

Are there any treatments to help with the discomfort of sinusitis? I have tried nasal spray with no help.

Nasal wash?: A proper treatment of the cause of sinusitis is needed. If bacterial, you may need an antibiotic. If due to allergy, treat allergy. Sinus lavage with saline solution may be helpful. Please talk to your pharmacist. ...Read more

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I have a bad sinus . It has been since 2011, i tried to take nasal spray and etc but its still not working . Should i try homeopathy to cure my sinus ?

I have a bad sinus . It has been since 2011, i tried to take nasal spray and etc but its still not working . Should i try homeopathy to cure my sinus ?

Homeopathy & sinus: I agree with dr. Baker that sinus issues can be troublesome. Beyond offering decongestants, intermittent antibiotics, and sometimes surgery, conventional medicine is limited. First, if you haven't been evaluated by an ENT doctor, please do that so you know what you're dealing with. Homeopathy can be an effective treatment -- but you need a good homeopath & the treatment involves your whole self. ...Read more

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Do you have any more tips how to cure a acute blocked nose (or just get a momentary relief) without using nasal spray or warm salty water?

Steam: If you heat water in a pan until it is steaming. Place a towel over your head and (keeping your face away from the pot), allow the steam to go through your nostrils. Do not burn yourself. If you want a less risky option, try taking a hot shower and allowing the steam to build up. ...Read more

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Nasal mucus. Doesnt seem to stop. Taking a nasal spray with xylometazoline for temp relief. Any thing that can cure it permanently. Its not allergy.

Nasal mucus. Doesnt seem to stop. Taking a nasal spray with xylometazoline for temp relief. Any thing that can cure it permanently. Its not allergy.

How?: Need to see your doctor to get checked out. I don't know how you knew that the problem was not related to an allergy. The spray you are using should not be used for more than 5 days continuously or you may end up with nasal congestion. The spray also does not reduce runny nose , only congestion. An allergist may be the one you need to see. ...Read more

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Major side of fluticasone nasal spray daily use ?and it cure allergy or for prophylaxis use ?

Major side of fluticasone nasal spray daily use ?and it cure allergy or for prophylaxis use ?

Fluticasone: Nasal spray, doesn't cure allergic rhinitis, rather controls symptoms of Rhinitis in general whether allergic or non allergic, at times it might dry up nasal mucosa and cause nose bleeds if not used right, better use nasal wash prior to use, and use under doctor's supervision, you want to be cautious if you have high intra ocular pressure ...Read more

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Im using homeopathy to cure my sinus, but is it effective?Because the homeopathy doc told me that using nasal spray is bad because it contains mercury

Huh???: No medicated nasal sprays in use today contain mercury. I am not well versed in homeopathy but suggest that if this practitioner gave you this information then he or she should not be trusted. Traditional medical therapy is extremely effective in treating nasal and sinus problems. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for saline nasal spray overdose?

No such thing: I can't imagine an overdose of steroid nasal spray. I have some patients flush with half a liter of saline twice a day. ...Read more

Dr. John Berryman
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Hemiplegic Migraine (Definition)

This is a relatively rare migraine. However I am familiar, through family members, with this diagnosis. Since this is a relatively rare diagnosis, the internet will not be very helpful confirming this diagnosis. You will need a physician (neurologist) who has experience with the symptoms to provide you with a reasonable answer. Unfortunately, we're talking about the ...Read more


Dr. Leonid Basovich
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Non Pharmaceutical Treatment (Definition)

A pharmaceutical has been "approved by the fda. Supplements, vitamins (some exceptions) , herbals and natural products are not generally approved by teh fda as "pharmaceuticals". This does not mean they are harmless. Combinations or mixing with pharmaceuticals can be hazardous. Check with your physician or pharmacist ...Read more