Imitrex is a great product for the treatment of migraine. It has a fast action, reduces the symptoms of any severity and reduces a number of attacks. They say that Imitrex does not help to prevent migraine, the use of this drug is able to affect the frequency of the attacks.
Sumatriptan is an active ingredient. This ingredient is rather quickly absorbed in the blood during the peroral use, and the migraine symptoms are reduced within 20-30 minutes.
The mechanism of the action is simple. The ingredient activates serotonin receptors in the system of the carotid artery, so that they are narrowed and edema is reduced. Edema and dilation of the blood vessels in the system of the carotid artery is considered the main cause of the migraine.
Moreover, Imitrex not only reduces headache but also blocks a development of other symptoms. These are nausea and vomiting. But if migraine is accompanied by prodrome, partial loss of vision or buzzing in ears, these symptoms also pass after the use of Imitrex.
In rare cases, the symptoms of migraine do not completely pass, but they become weaker. In any case, the use of the drug helps to overcome the migraine attacks and the efficiency of Imitrex exceeds the efficiency of the common analgesics by several times. Sumatriptan acts on the main cause of migraine.
Imitrex is taken at the first minutes after occurred migraine attack. As soon as you feel heavy head, prodrome, or other symptoms, take a pill of Imitrex 50 mg with a glass of water.
The drug starts working within 20-30 minutes, and the migraine symptoms do not grow. If you are slow and have taken a pill in a long period, 100% effect of Imitrex is not guaranteed. Yes, the migraine symptoms will be reduced but they may not completely disappear. Do not take 2 pills of Imitrex even if the symptoms are not inhibited.
The interval between the use of the pills should be at least 6 hours. At the same time, Imitrex should be used only during new attack. Do not take 2 pills during one attack even if it takes more than 6 hours.
- Sumatriptan is metabolized assisted by MAO, and therefore a simultaneous use of the drug with MAO inhibitors may cause an accumulation of this ingredient in the body. It may lead to serious side effects and overdose. If you took MAO inhibitors, at least 14 days should pass before taking Imitrex
- There are diseases when the use of Imitrex is contraindicated. These are myocardial infarction, arrhythmia, ischemic heart disease, stroke, disorder of cerebral circulation, organic diseases of the brain, epilepsy, intensive dysfunction of liver and/or kidneys
- Do not use Imitrex during pregnancy. An influence of the drug on fetus is unknown
- Patients under 18 years old should use the alternative methods of the migraine treatment
The main causes of the overdose with Imitrex are decrease or increase of the blood pressure, tachycardia or arrhythmia, spasm of the coronary arteries, vomiting, fatigue, sleepiness, coma, and seizures.
Seek for a medical aid if these symptoms occurred. A patient should be controlled within a day after the symptomatic treatment.