Imitrex (Sumatriptan)

What is Imitrex?

Imitrex (Sumatriptan) is developed in order to treat migraine symptoms, such as headache, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, etc.


Imitrex Information

Imitrex is developed in order to treat migraine symptoms, such as headache, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, etc. Sumatriptan narrows the blood vessels around the brain. This medicine will not help you to prevent headaches. It should be used to treat occurred pain. Your doctor may also prescribe this drug for other health states.

Read the leaflet carefully. Follow the instructions of your doctor. Take the pill with a glass of water. Do not crash or chew the tablet. Swallow whole.

You should wait for two hours after you have taken the first pill of Imitrex, before you may take the second one. The second dose is usually needed when headache does not go away .Never exceed the dosage of 200 mg of Imitrex in 24 hours. If you use nasal spray, you have to wait for two hours before you can make the second spray. Blow your nose to clear your nasal passages before you use this spray. Try not to sneeze right after using the spray. If the first dose of spray does not make your headache disappear, consult with your health care provider in order to learn whether you may use the second spray. If pain goes away, and then comes back, you may use the spray in case you keep the interval of 2 hours.

The dosage per 24 hours should not exceed 40 mg. In case of overdose seek medical care immediately.

Imitrex Safety Information

Take Imitrex when you notice symptoms of a headache.

Your health care provider may advice you to take your first dose of Imitrex in hospital in order to make sure you will not experience severe side effects.

You should see your doctor if you experience more than 4 headaches within 1 month.

Store in at room temperature, in a dry place, away from light and moisture. Keep this product away from heat, moisture, and light. Store Imitrex at room temperature. Keep this product out of the reach of children. Keep safe from pets

You should not be treating with this preparation in case you have severe high blood pressure; a history of heart disease, chest pain (angina), circulation problems; ischemic bowel disease; severe liver disease; heart attack, or stroke. Do not take Imitrex if you have an allergy to any component in it.

Make sure you inform your health care specialist in case you experience high blood pressure, kidney or liver disease, a seizure disorder, coronary artery disease. You should also tell your health care provider whether you are under the or risk factors for coronary artery disease (such as diabetes, having high blood pressure or high cholesterol, having a family history of coronary artery disease, being older than 40 and a man, or being a woman who has had a hysterectomy, being overweight; menopause). Inform your health care provider in case you smoke. Do not use Sumatriptan if you have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) within the last 2 weeks. Do not use Sumatriptan within 24 hours after using methylergonovine (Methergine), almotriptan (Axert), eletriptan (Relpax), frovatriptan (Frova), rizatriptan (Maxalt), ergotamine (Ergomar, Ergostat, Cafergot, Ercaf, Wigraine), naratriptan (Amerge), zolmitriptan (Zomig), or ergot medicine such as methysergide (Sansert), dihydroergotamine (D.H.E. 45, Migranal Nasal Spray), or ergonovine (Ergotrate). Tell your health care provider if you take antidepressants.

Inform your health care provider if you take any other medications (even non-prescription!), herbal products, vitamins, minerals, or any supplements as they may interact with this therapy! Never start or stop any treatment without the approval of your health care provider! In case of pregnancy talk to your health care provider as soon as possible. This medicine may cause harm to the fetus. This medicine also extracts into the breast milk. Do not breast-feed if you use this medicine.

Imitrex should not be used by children under 18, and people over 65 years.

Imitrex Side Effects

Do not drive, operate machinery or perform any activities, requiring high level of attention, before you find out your reaction to Sumatriptan.

Contact your health care provider immediately in case of the following side effects: numbness or tingling and a pale or blue-colored appearance in your fingers or toes; sudden and severe stomach pain and bloody diarrhea; chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, general ill feeling; problems with vision, speech, or balance; nausea, sweating; sudden headache, confusion; sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body; seizure (convulsions); fast heart rate, agitation, hallucinations, lack of coordination, with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; muscle stiffness. Talk to your doctor as soon as possible if you have an allergic reaction (closing of the throat; breathing discomfort; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; hives).

Inform your doctor if you have burning, numbness, pain or other irritation in your nose or throat after using the nasal spray; pressure or heavy feeling in any part of your body; nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; dizziness, sleepiness; sneezing, runny nose; drooling or sweating; muscle pain; congestion, cough; unusual taste in your mouth after using the nasal spray; warmth or redness under your skin. Consult with your health care provider in case of any side effects, listed here or not.

Talk to your health care provider before you start or stop any therapy. Do not share your medicine with others, for whom it has not been prescribed.

Inform your health care provider in case you do not notice betterment.