Imitrex Sumatriptan Succinate and/or alternatives
The generic name of Imitrex is Sumatriptan. Imitrex falls under a class of drugs known as selective serotonin receptor agonists. Imitrex is used to relieve migraine headaches. You can buy Imitrex to get relief from migraine symptoms like headache and nausea. Imitrex can be administered as a tablet, injection or nasal spray.
Indications & Dosage of Imitrex
Imitrex is used in the treatment of migraine headaches. It also controls the substances in the body that act as triggers for headache, sensitivity to sound and light, nausea, and other symptoms that are associated with migraine. When the blood vessels of the brain get dilated, we experience migraine headaches. Imitrex stimulates serotonin receptors that make the muscles surrounding the blood vessels contract, thus narrowing the blood vessels. Imitrex also controls the transmission of pain signals to the brain.
The dosage of Imitrex depends on the severity of the condition and your response to the drug. Imitrex tablets are available in 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg doses.
Imitrex should only be taken during a migraine attack. You should take the tablet with a full glass of water. Imitrex cannot treat headaches that result due to tension.
Side Effects & Interactions of Imitrex
Imitrex causes some common side effects in patients. If any of these minor side effects start bothering you, you should consult your doctor :
- Muscle aches
- Stiffness of the neck
- Tingling, burning or numbness of the skin
- Bloody diarrhea
- Warm sensation
- Feeling heavy or uneasy
You may also experience some severe side effects of Imitrex. Do not hesitate to contact your doctor if you observe any of these:
- Acute allergic reactions
- Chest pain
- Bloody diarrhea
- Irregular or fast heartbeat
- Hearing problems
- Tightness, pain or pressure in the jaw
Certain drugs interact with Imitrex and decrease its effectiveness. Some drugs may aggravate the side effects as well. If you take any of these drugs, you must inform your doctor:
- SSRI type antidepressants
- Ergot containing medications
- MAO inhibitors
- Other 5-hydroxytryptamine agonists
Warnings & Precautions of Imitrex
If you have any of these medical conditions, you should not use Imitrex :
- History of heart disease
- Uncontrolled high blood pressure
- Blood circulation problems
- Ischemic bowel disease
- Liver disease
If you suffer from any of these conditions, you must inform your doctor before starting treatment with Imitrex :
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Heart rhythm disorder
- Coronary heart disease
- If you have undergone hysterectomy
If you are over 40 years of age or smoke, or have a family history of coronary heart disease or high cholesterol, you must inform your doctor before you buy Imitrex.
If you are allergic to Sumatriptan, you may get allergic reactions upon taking Imitrex. It is better that you inform your doctor beforehand about all your allergies.
Pregnant women should not take Imitrex. Lactating mothers should not breastfeed their babies within 12 hours of taking Imitrex.
Imitrex affects your thinking ability and reactions. You should therefore avoid activities that require you to be alert, such as driving and operating machinery.
Imitrex is not safe for children below 18 years of age. Geriatric patients over 65 years may suffer from adverse side effects on taking the medication.
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