Imitrex is a brand name drug (sumantriptan succinate) that was developed to treat sudden onset and early morning migraine headaches. Believed to block the receptors that trigger migraines, Imitrex is available in three forms: tablet, nasal spray and injection. Though Imitrex does not help all migraine suffers, many people have found relief from acute migraines by taking a form of Imitrex.
Imitrex is intended as a pain reliever specific to migraine headaches. It does not relieve other kinds of pain and is not a substitute for ibuprofen. Imitrex tablets are taken orally with water and can be taken at the first sign of a migraine. Though you can take more than one dose in a day, you should not exceed 200 mg in a 24-hour period. Imitrex injections are self-injected just below the surface of the skin and should not be self-administered until a doctor has explained how the injections work and provided instructions on how to administer them. Imitrex nasal spray is packaged in single-dose bottles of either 5mg or 20mg and is administered with a single spray in one nostril. No more than 40 mg of Imitrex nasal spray should be taken in a 24-hour period.
Potential side effects of Imitrex vary with use and method of administration. All forms of Imitrex may cause dizziness, flushing, and mouth discomfort. Imitrex nasal spray may also cause sinus discomfort and injections may cause pain or redness at the injection site. Any side effects experienced while taking Imitrex should be discussed with a doctor. If Imitrex fails to relieve your migraine headache with proper dosage, you should talk to your doctor. Imitrex should not be given to patients who have not been diagnosed with migraine headaches as some headaches could be signs of a serious medical condition.
Though many patients have reported no adverse side effects from taking Imitrex, some patients with heart problems may experience difficulty. In special situations, a doctor may advise you try an initial dose of Imitrex in their office or facility in order to be monitored for adverse effects. As when obtaining any new prescription, be sure to fully disclose your medical history and any prior allergic reactions to other medications with your doctor.
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