Also known as: Alsuma, Imitrex, Imitrex Nasal, Imitrex Statdose, Sumavel DosePro, Zecuity
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Imitrex (sumatriptan) for Cluster Headaches: This is a miracle for me. Cluster headaches would put me out of commission for 2 days. Imitrex gets rid of the intense pain of my eye feeling like it might pop out of my head! The first few times I took it I had side effects of the heavy feeling on my chest and in my muscles after 3x I can take with no side effects. I've only taken it 5x but still working great.
sumatriptan for Migraine: I have suffered from migraines since I was 16 and been put on several different medications. Right now I have been taking Topamax for over 4 yrs. and it has gotten to where it isn't working anymore. So my doctor gave me Imitrex injections. And they work wonders in getting rid of my headaches but the pain in my chest like something is reaching inside my chest and squeezing the life out of me and the heaviness and tingling sensations lasts for about 15-20 mins.
Imitrex (sumatriptan) for Migraine: Works super fast and well. Gets rid of my migraines fast when I take with a Motrin 800, BUT......it makes me sweat buckets. I took it at work before my shift and 2 hours later my migraine was gone but I had sweated through 2 shirts and was visibly dripping. It was pretty bad. It does it every time I take it so I try not to use it if I can help it.
Review by radarscott (taken for 10 years or more):
Imitrex (sumatriptan) for Migraine: I have taken Imitrex ever since it came out in the 90s. It works and I'll be forever grateful that it does. If you, like me, know what it was like to get migraines before Imitrex came out, you'll understand why I sing its praise.
Alsuma (sumatriptan) for Migraine: Severe Migraines/Cluster Headaches: 8 years. Intensity/frequency varies. intensity is around 9-10(10 point scale) frequency is around 3 - 4 per week, some lasting 2 -3 days. I have tried many medications, most Triptans - Maxalt, Zomig, Relpax, Frova. Axert works well for me, but when it doesn't I use Alsuma Injection. It works like a Epipen injection you give yourself. Place the pen against your skin and push hard. There is a jolt, and then the needle point emerges and you keep it there for 5 seconds. The pain from the prick is not bad because the needle is small. The jolt is kinda scary. I have to brace myself, but way worth it. It WORKS. Some nausea, but not much other side effects. I usually go to sleep right after I take it.
Imitrex (sumatriptan) for Migraine: The only medication that works for my migraines, that last typically 3 days at a time, right side of my head, in my eye, down the back of my neck and upper back. I take the 100mg tablet, 1 every 12 hours, or when I feel it coming back on. Imitrex kicks in within 20 minutes of taking it. As close to instant relief as you can get. GREAT medication.
Sumavel DosePro (sumatriptan) for Migraine: It's quick acting but painful and it made me bruise and bleed a bit. It makes me feel nauseated and I vomited once, a few minutes after use. It also made me feel sleepy like my other migraine pills. This just acts quicker and makes you drowsy fast.
Sumavel DosePro (sumatriptan) for Migraine: The injection feels like a rubber band snapped on your skin. I recommend the abdomen over the thigh, much more comfortable. I only bleed slightly, and the site only bruised once. The triptan effect is fast and intense, you feel that rush of the migraine about to go away. It makes me sleepy, as sumatriptan always has, and I nap for less than 1/2 hour, then I am PAIN FREE. The nice thing is the triptan effect goes away as rapidly as it comes on, which is far better than the lingering "yuck" feeling with oral triptans. Not just pain reduction, not a lessening of the migraine - it is gone. It has reduced my sick and late days due to migraine from 9 days in 2012 to ZERO so far in 2013. Will never go without it again.
Review by The Axxeman (taken for less than 1 month):
sumatriptan for Cluster Headaches: I've been dealing with episodes of cluster headaches for 30 years. Nothing has ever made a dent in the pain besides this and Zomig nasal spray. The slight pain of the injection is a very small price to pay to relieve the crushing pain of a cluster headache. For me the trick for both medicines is to catch it as early as possible, before the headache is full blown. I'm never more than a minute or two away from a dose. Besides feeling a little weak afterwards (which would have been worse with the headache anyway), so far I don't have any real side effects.
Imitrex (sumatriptan) for Migraine: Imitrex has truly been a miracle for me. I'm 36 and I've been having terrible headaches since as far back as I can remember. No over the counter medication ever made any difference in the pain at all. 5 years ago I was prescribed Imitrex and it has literally changed my life. It normally takes an hour or two for it to kick in for me, but when it does, it completely takes my headache away. I have never had any side effects either.
sumatriptan for Cluster Headaches: I'm 46 yrs old and was diagnosed with cluster headaches in my late 20's. I was prescribed sumatriptan last week due to my new spell which started 2 weeks ago, and the medicine is working great for me. When ones coming on, I take a 50mg pill, and it starts working within minutes. I feel and hear crackling noises in my head, as well as my nasal cavity and eye socket, and miraculously it starts to lift away. In some cases though I had to take a second pill because the first didn't work completely, but within 30 to 45 minutes I'm relaxed and pain free. Since they've taken Cafergot off the market I've been without any medicine at all, trying steroids my neurologist experimented with, which didn't work at all. Sumatriptan is working.
Review by ByeByeMigraines (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Sumavel DosePro (sumatriptan) for Migraine: This is a miracle for migraines. Works within 5 minutes and migraine GONE. You will have energy and get on with your day. I am 43 yrs old and have suffered with migraines since teen. RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN TO YOUR DR AND ASK FOR THIS MEDICINE. SUFFER NO MORE.
sumatriptan for Migraine: I recently started taking Sumatriptan. It was ok at first. I took it whenever I felt a migraine coming on and it usually took care of most of my symptoms, some sensitivity to light and sounds continued. But for migraines at work (which I would get all the time) it is terrible because of the sleepiness. I often will have to try to fight all day at work just to stay awake.
Imitrex (sumatriptan) for Migraine: I completely rely on Imitrex. Once I had this the day-long headaches are gone. I now know that what I used to call "sinus headaches" were migraines I had since a teenager, though not bad until into my 40s. My side effects are a little sleepiness and maybe some tiredness, but nothing compared to the debilitation of a migraine. However I am much more aggressive with eliminating triggers, particularly MSG and processed foods, and this helps. My better diet has reduced my need for Imitrex down to 2-3 times a month.
sumatriptan for Migraine: I have suffered migraines since I was in grade school (I'm now 45). My headaches used to come on in the late afternoon and put me in bed for the rest of the day but I would wake up next morning feeling ok. Now my headaches come on about 3-4 in the morning and last 2 days of non stop vomiting and pain. The doctor put me on Topamax daily but the side effects keep causing me to overheat in the Texas weather. The doctor just put me on sumatriptan 100mg and I just had an attack 2 days ago. I took 1 pill and it did nothing. 3 hours later I took a second dose and I still ended up in bed for 14 hours.
sumatriptan for Migraine: This medication works for me. I did have slight chest discomfort first few times using it. No longer experience it. Sometimes it makes me feel tired but I continue on and it goes away. Headache disappears within 30 mins to 1 hr of taking tablet. I have been taking Imitrex and sumatriptan for over 25 years and am thankful the neurologist prescribed it.
Sumavel DosePro (sumatriptan) for Migraine: I have suffered from migraines since I was 20 and am now 34. I have tried countless abortive medicines. Sumavel is the best one by far because it relieves the pain and nausea fast (usually within 10 mins for me). The injection is painful and leaves quite a welt but far worth it to get relief. I do sometimes have issues with it not firing properly but it could be just me pulling back at the last second when I anticipate the pain coming. I have wasted quite a few shots this way.
Imitrex (sumatriptan) for Migraine: Migraines have become my worst enemy over the past 4-5 years. Thank goodness for Imitrex. I started with the pills, then the nasal spray and have worked my way up to the shots (plus nausea medicines). The pills had the least side effects. The spray was vile tasting, but fast acting and I could take it while working. When my headaches worsened, they added botox and upgraded me to the injected version. I needed something that acted FAST so I could stay in the classroom. The down side to the injection is the head rush, change of hear rate, and the flushing feeling. When I inject I have about 15-30 BAD minutes, then I kind of restabilize and about an hour later I usually feel better and capable of continuing to teach.
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Imitrex (sumatriptan) for Migraine: I have migraines that are hormonal in nature and Imitrex has saved me from days' worth of pain many a time. I also have a grade-school daughter and if I have a migraine, believe me, the entire family suffers. The pain from a migraine can last 3 days for me so having something that will knock it out in a matter of minutes is in my eyes, miraculous. It doesn't ALWAYS work, especially if I have cluster headaches, but 90% of the time, it works for me on one dose. If the first dose doesn't work, I take another and that usually just completely wipes it out.
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Sumavel DosePro (sumatriptan) for Migraine: I've been suffering from headache for over 10 years. Headache could last up to a week, it was horrible. Took so many pain medicines and it didn't work. I ended up with craniotomy last year and metal plates on my skull bone. I was fine for few months-no headache. Few months ago the headaches came back again. Now I'm miserable again when the headache come...I got this injection Sumavel DosePro....after the injection my head feels like it explodes and I fell asleep right away....after an hour-two the headache is gone...it's great medicine....it's working right away.....through the skin and blood vessels.
Imitrex (sumatriptan) for Cluster Headaches: I've just started taking Imitrex, the first time I took it, I thought I was getting lock jaw. I was quite worried. I took it again the next day though because it did take care of my headache. Since the first time I took it, the side effects have been minor. Hopefully it stays this way.
Imitrex (sumatriptan) for Migraine: This medication for the price worked the best. I was using this along with Topamax as a daily preventative and also started receiving botox injections. I found that after a few months between the botox, the Topamax and the Imitrex, I was able to use less and less each month.
Sumavel DosePro (sumatriptan) for Migraine: After years of migraines that lasted three days at a time and nothing working to get rid of them this is awesome. I was worried about being able to do the injection myself, but it wasn't bad. It felt like a bee sting. Within a minute it felt like the top of my head was going to explode. Within 10 minutes it was subsiding. It was completely gone in less than an hour. There was no "buzzy worn out feeling" like I normally have after my migraines. I had plenty of energy and felt great. The prescription discount card is a great help too!
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