Imitrex is a popular medication taken by patients to treat their migraines. Its use helps them relieve pain, headaches and other annoying migraine symptoms, such as increased sensitivity to light, nausea and vomiting. This drug helps many people get back to their normal daily routine while reducing the need for other pain killers. Imitrex belongs to a group of meds called triptans, and it works by affects serotonin in the brain, thus, causing blood vessels to narrow and relieving pain by affects specific brain nerves. However, its intake can’t prevent future migraines, and it doesn’t lessen their frequency.
How to Take Imitrex
This medicine should be taken orally, both with and without food, after you notice the first symptoms of migraines. The right dosage is based on your individual response and health condition. If your symptoms aren’t improved, it’s not allowed to take higher doses. Doctors don’t advise to take over 200 mg per day. Overuse of any medications that treat sudden migraines may lead to worsening them or rebound headaches. That’s why you shouldn’t use Imitrex for longer or more often than needed.
Mild and Serious Side Effects
There are certain symptoms caused by this drug, but most of them are mild, including:
Unusual tiredness and weakness;
Facial flushing and drowsiness;
Tingling, heat, pricking and numbness;
If any of these side effects persist or get worse, call your doctor. The intake of Imitrex may rarely raise blood pressure, so it should be monitored on a regular basis. Severe adverse reactions are very rare, but you need to stop this treatment and go to the hospital if you experience the following signs:
Cold feet and hands;
Blue nails, toes and fingers;
Sudden mood and mental changes;
Hearing changes and chest pain;
Irregular and fast heartbeats;
Severe stomach pain and fainting;
Seizures and bloody diarrhea;
Sins of having a stroke and unexplained fever;
Hallucinations and loss of coordination;
Unusual restlessness and agitation;
Twitching muscles and allergic reactions.
Before taking Imitrex, you need to tell doctors if you have any possible allergies or other serious medical conditions, such as specific headache types, blood circulation issues, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol blood levels, heart conditions, liver and kidney problems, seizures, strokes, etc. Its use may make some patients feel drowsy or dizzy, so it’s not advisable to drive or do other things that require full attention.
Dangerous Drug Interactions
It’s not allowed to take Imitrex along with any MAO inhibitors because of possible dangerous drug interactions. Besides, this medicine shouldn’t be combined with specific antidepressants, such as SSRIs and SNRIs, ergotamine meds, street drugs and some others. Make a list of other pharmaceutical products that you’re using and show it to doctors to avoid these risky combinations.