Imitrex (Sumatriptan)

Imitrex is the typically prefered among the first class drugs for treating Migraine headaches but it can also treat regular headaches with its course of action. It can be preferred over other drugs for a regular headache provided there aren't any other analgesics available. It is a curative medicine and cannot be used to prevent headaches.

Imitrex 50 mg

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How it works

It has a causative mode of action. It typically acts by binding to certain receptors, nerve endings and blood vessels with respect to serotonin that actually triggers or increases during Migraine headaches.

Guidelines for usage

Follow the dosage instructions provided by your doctor or as mentioned in the instruction booklet/product label.

Always use only as prescribed. Never exceed the dosage.

The drug may be used with or without food.

Doctors recommend that you swallow the whole tablet/capsules with a glass of water unless it is specified that it can be broken or chewed.

If symptoms do not improve consult the doctor immediately

NOTE: Use only if prescribed to you and intended for your use. Do not share with others.

Missed Dose

It is common for people to forget their dosage times and miss doses.

Do not panic if you have missed a dose.

Instead, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the scheduled time. Do not double up or take more than what the doctor has prescribed.

How & where do I store the drug?

The medicine label contains detailed instructions regarding safe storage of the medication. Most medicines are best stored at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Some medications may require to be refrigerated. Please check the product label.

Keep it away from the reach of children. Ensure that it is not exposed to direct sunlight or moisture.

Ask your pharmacist about safely disposing off medication that is past expiry date.

Overdose Related Information

If you accidentally consume more medication than what was prescribed, then contact an emergency healthcare center immediately.
Safety Information/ Warning Precautions

Discuss your medical history with your healthcare provider before you start using any new medication.

Ensure that you mention the following:

• Any prior serious ailment, lifestyle disease or surgery
• liver disease;
• kidney disease
• epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
• high blood pressure, a heart rhythm disorder; or
• coronary heart disease
• All the prescription drugs, OTC health supplements, herbal supplements that you are using currently
• Your alcohol intake and whether you smoke or not
• Any history of a known allergic reaction to prescription drugs or food
• If you are taking any other migraine medication

This will allow your healthcare provider to prescribe the apt dosage of the medication for you.

To be avoided

You must avoid using the drug if it you are allergic to any ingredient in it or if you have conditions like

• Severe or uncontrolled high blood pressure
• Coronary heart disease, angina (chest pain), blood circulation problems,
• A history of heart disease, heart attack, or stroke, including "mini-stroke";
• Ischemic bowel disease; or
• A headache that seems different from your usual migraine headaches.

Using Alcohol

The drug is known to cause drowsiness or dizziness. Your vision may be blurred and your judgement affected if you consume alcohol with this medication. So, avoid using alcohol while using the drug.

These effects may also get aggravated due to hot weather or fever or severe exercise. So, be cautious when you stand up after a long time from a sitting or lying position. If you feel giddy then lie down immediately and seek medical help.

Possible Drug & Food Interactions

Certain prescription drugs or health supplements or even food items are known to interact with the effects of medications.

The drug is known to have possible interactions with the following medications.
• an antidepressant such as citalopram (Celexa), desvenlafaxine (Pristiq), duloxetine (Cymbalta), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem), fluvoxamine (Luvox), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), or venlafaxine (Effexor).

Additional Information

The drug may also cause serious effects on the stomach or intestines, including bleeding or perforation (forming of a hole). These conditions can be fatal and can occur without warning while you are taking ibuprofen, especially in older adults.

Excessive use of NSAID medications can cause serious damage to the stomach and intestines. Internal bleeding and even perforation may occur. These conditions are potentially fatal and can occur at any time without a warning.

If you notice symptoms like black, bloody, or tarry stools, or coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds, then stop using the drug and seek emergency medical care.

Important Information for Pregnant Women

The Drug is categorized under FDA pregnancy category C.

Discuss the potential risks with your healthcare provider before using the medication.

Certain medications may be found in breast milk so speak to your child’s doctor to rule out any possibilities of risk.
Side Effects

Report the following side effects to your doctor only if they become bothersome or do not stop on their own
• Chills and rigors
• Heaviness in the body
• abnormal drowsiness
• Dizziness
• Nausea and vomiting
• Numbness
• Redness and flush on cheeks

The following side effects require immediate medical attention. So report these to your doctor immediately.
• Chest pain or tightness
• Sudden stomach pain and blood in stools
• Numbness or painless sensation in the extremities
• Seizures or jerks that are uncontrollable
• Tightness in jaw or throat,difficulty to swallow