Imitrex is indicated for the acute treatment of migraine attacks with or without aura. Imitrex is a head ache pill that narrows blood vessels around the brain. Imitrex also reduces substances in the body that can trigger head pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and other migraine symptoms.
Use Imitrex exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Overuse of migraine head ache pill can actually make your headaches worse.
Use Imitrex as soon as you notice head pain symptoms, or after an attack has already begun.
Your doctor may want to give your first dose of this drug in a hospital or clinic setting to see if you have any serious side effects.
Take one Imitrex pill whole with a full glass of water. Do not split the pill.
After taking a tablet: If your head pain does not completely go away, or goes away and comes back, take a second tablet two (2) hours after the first. Do not take more than 200 mg of sumatriptan oral tablets in 24 hours. If your symptoms have not improved, talk to your doctor before taking any more tablets.
Since Imitrex is used as needed, it does not have dosing per waking hours schedule. Call your doctor promptly if your symptoms do not improve after using this drug.
After taking a Imitrex tablet, you must wait two (2) hours before taking a second tablet. Do not take more than 200 mg of sumatriptan tablets in a day.
Do not use more than 40 mg of nasal spray in a day.
Contact your medical specialist if you have more than four headaches in one month (30 days).
In controlled clinical trials, single doses of 25, 50, or 100 mg of IMITREX pills were effective for the acute treatment of migraine in adults. There is evidence that doses of 50 and 100 mg may provide a greater effect than 25 mg.
The choice of dose should therefore be made on an individual basis, weighing the possible benefit.
If the headache returns or the patient has a partial response to the initial dose, the dose may be repeated after 2 hours, not to exceed a total daily dose of 200 mg.
Store medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Do not use medication within diurnal before or after using another migraine headache medicine, including:
Medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
You should not use generic drug if you are allergic to sumatriptan, or if you have:
Do not use generic drug if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 14 days.
To make sure you can safely use the drug, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether drug will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication. Do not breast-feed within 12 hours after using the drug. If you use a breast pump during this time, throw out any milk you collect. Do not feed it to your baby. Imitrex should not be given to anyone under 18 or over 65 years of age.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Imitrex: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips or tongue. Stop using Imitrex and call your doctor if you have a serious problems such as:
Less serious medications side effects may include: