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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?

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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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


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Painful migraine! Took Imitrex (sumatriptan) (100mg) two hours ago. Is it more effective to take second dose 2 hrs after vs. 4 hrs? Not 2exceed 200/24 hr

Imitrex (sumatriptan) after 2 hour: According to the fda-approved directions, it is recommended to take a second dose of Imitrex (the same with another triptan - maxalt, relpax, (eletriptan) etc) 2 hours after the first dose. The maximum dose for 24 hours is 200 mg, although the drug is washed out of the body in 4 hours and taking a third 100 mg dose within 24 hours is not dangerous, but each person is different, so check with your doctor first. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Can I have my Imitrex (sumatriptan) stat dose having had a steroid shot yesterday?

Can I have my Imitrex (sumatriptan) stat dose having had a steroid shot yesterday?

Yes: Sumatriptan is a serotonin receptor agonist used for the managment of acute migraine or cluster headache, and not for migraine prevention. There are no significant drug interactions between corticosteroids and sumatriptan. ...Read more

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If you're on botox for migraines would you still need topamax (topiramate) & sumatriptan too & if the dose is higher than cosmetic use then would it freeze ur face?

See your neurologist: Botox for chronic migraines can relieve migraine headache symptoms for up to three months. Topiramate is taken daily and used for migraine prophylaxis, while sumatriptan is taken as needed for acute attacks. Discuss your response to botox with your neurologist for detailed recommendations. Http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/migraine. Html ...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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Hey, where can I order sumatriptan online?

You need prescriptio: You need prescription to get sumatropin on line and in local pharmacy. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: sumatriptan?

Please describe the medication: sumatriptan?

For migraine: 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 on the indole ring. ...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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Are there any safety worries with taking sumatriptan?

Don't overdo: Take only as directed. Do not increase the dose. Do not take with ergot alkaloids or maois, avoid taking with antidepressants, cough syrups, or antihistamines. Not recommended in pregnancy. ...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 I take a sumatriptan 50mg after I have taken 2 pink migraleve?

Likely OK: Migraleve pink contains paracetamol, codeine, and buclizine. These are all classes of medications distinct from the triptans (like sumatriptan), so it is likely ok to take them in conjunction. ...Read more

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Can you split a 100mg sumatriptan pill in half and safely take 50mg?

Can you split a 100mg sumatriptan pill in half and safely take 50mg?

Migraine yes: You can use the Imitrex (sumatriptan) tablet and break half as needed due to intolerance and or side effects. There should not be any difference in effectiveness of the medication per se but it should be realized that your requirement may be more but you can determine that with effectiveness. May repeat dosage after two hours and not to be taken more than two time a day. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm taking 25 mg of sumatriptan and when I take it I feel like weird, is this normal?

Sumatriptan: Although the sumatriptan represent a marked improvement over previous abortive medications, it does exhibit some adverse effects, the most dramatic of which is the symptom of chest tightness. Other adverse symptoms associated with the triptans are hot sensations, dizziness, flushing, burning sensations, increased headaches and neck tightness. Good luck. ...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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What are sumatriptan side effects?

Sumatriptan effects: Side effects of sumatriptan can include cardiac events: decreased bloodflow to the heart-- heart attack, chest pain, abnormal rhythms, high blood pressure, stroke, decreased bloodflow to intestines or extremities, blindness, seizures, anaphylaxis, serotonin syndrome, or milder symptoms like dizziness, fatigue, flushing, weakness, tingling, tight chest, jaw pain, neck pain. Many can take it though! ...Read more

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Can I take sumatriptan after I eat?

Can I take sumatriptan after I eat?

YES YOU CAN: You can if you are taking oral it may take a little longer to get absorped, but you can take nasal spray or injectable for quick action. ...Read more

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Do sumatriptan tablets treat migraines?

Yes: They are used to abort migraines and should be take at the onset of 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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Can I take sumatriptan 2 hours after taking excedrin?

Omitted: Yes you can. I often have patients take Imitrex (sumatriptan) 30m to an hour after the first line medicine had been taken. ...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 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

Imitrex (Definition)

Sumatriptan is an anti-migrane agent which is a kind of ...Read more