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Reviews for Imitrex to treat Migraine
Review by Amc12390:
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):
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
11 users found this comment helpful.
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.
11 users found this comment helpful.
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.
Review by unstablegramy (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Before Imitrex I had Migraines that would last 2 day. I finally went to emergency to get a shot of Demerol and then sometimes it would not work.
I would be right there with my bowl & sun glass on waiting my turn. I was put on Imitrex when it first came out and the long term effect was not for sure on people. Anything is better than a migraine headache. I started taking the shots and at first it made me feel a little funny for first 2 minute then it cleared up and within 15 minutes my migraine was gone. After using it for a while I developed an immunity to it. I then had to use 2 shots. My doctor at the time had me stop using it. It WAS a great medication for Migraines back then.
I have been on Imitrex for years now and when my Migraine starts Imitrex takes care of it. Only a couple of times I had to take the second pill I'm on 100mg as for side effects I have not had any. My doctor has me on Topamax to help control them and I keep my Imitrex with me when I need it.
Imitrex is the best medication for migraines I have taken so far. When I first started using it I would get the loopy feeling and slight dizziness. Normal right? But after a month or two and a few more uses of this medication, I started get a burning sensation in my head, behind my eyes and progressively got worse with each time I took it. The side effects have gotten so bad that now I get cold/hot sweats, the burning sensation in my head, and vomiting. I have now switched to a medication that is the prescription strength of Motrin which works just as well.
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
This medicine kept the migraine from becoming full blown. It made me sleepy and out of sorts, but this is better than an agonizing migraine. I took it as soon as I saw the visual effect and within 30 min my vision was back to normal. However, I still had a mild migraine with very little nausea. Imitrex made me tired and my body felt heavy. It also made my tongue feel swollen, but it wasn't. But I'd take this over a full blown migraine any day! It seemed to fast forward the headache rather than it being debilitating like last time. I still lay around all day though.
10 users found this comment helpful.
At first I suffered through them. This included splitting head pain, nausea, and vomiting. I started using Excedrin after a while which helped if I took it right away. Then that started to not work so well anymore. I had one really bad one that lasted hours. I was still throwing up at 9 pm and I was now throwing up blood. I went to the ER and when I finally got in they put me on an IV to hydrate me. They then added Imitrex to the bag and I soon started feeling side effects. My head felt like I was going to pass out. My breathing became labored and it felt like someone was sitting on my chest. They said that meant it was working. After about two minutes everything was gone. I got pills to take at home and they worked okay. Not as fast.
Imitrex works for me even if I let it get to the really bad headache--hate to take because of the tightness in chest and achy throat afterwards. But-they do the job and I always say later I should have taken it in the beginning.
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
The first time I took this I got a severe panic attack. It felt like I couldn't breathe, my heart was racing and chest hurt. It did nothing for the pain or any of the other things associated with migraines. I did try it once more, as per my Dr, and it happened all over again. Maxalt is what I use now.
My first experience with Imitrex was taking it at work...well, that was not a good idea! I started to feel the migraine coming on, so I took it at the first symptoms like I was told and went about my day. I'm a technician for an ophthalmologist and I started to get a hot flash. I stood up and my arms and legs went totally numb. Since I'm on Topamax too I expect a little tingle, but this was a RUSH. All this aside, about 30 minutes later most of my heavy duty migraine symptoms were thwarted. Not gone, but a lot better. I feel they would have been much better if I had been able to lie down rather than been on my feet working. I also still had a pretty decent headache and photophobia the rest of the day.
I have suffered from migraines for 32 years, the older I am the worse they become. I have both the Imitrex pills & the shots. When I am nauseated I must use the shot. Approx. 1 minute after injection the intense buring in my head & the amplified headache are the worst side effects however NOTHING compared to the migraine. Usually the migraine is gone in 15 - 30 mins and I sleep it off. There is also the 12 - 24 hour Imitrex hangover from the shot. Muscles feel as though they are made of jelly, overall wiped out feeling. The pill does not have the burning effect for me and it takes the full 30 minutes to combat the migraine. Imitrex is the only medicine which has worked for me consistantly over the years. I become immune to all other medicines.
I hated my experience with Imitrex. It made my chest feel strange, heart beat increase and I felt very anxious while on it. I guess it shortened the duration of my headache, but I became very worried and preoccupied by its side effects.
15 users found this comment helpful.
At first, I thought it was great- no headache. Then, the more frequently I used the medication to treat my migraines, the more debilitating side-effects I began to experience. I could first mitigate the burning/pain and weakness in my head, neck and jaw and the general feeling of malaise/fatigue by the administration of Naproxen or Ibuprofen prior to the Imitrex, but then, even that ceased to be effective. I finally quit after experiencing total body weakness, a more severe burning/pain in my upper extremeties than ever before (accompanied by fluctuating hot/cold sensations everywhere else), irregular heartbeat and irregular breathing after administration. If you experiencing adverse side-effects- it gets worse! Please, find something else.
13 users found this comment helpful.
Imitrex took away my migraine but I could not function on it. I had to lay down completely still and go to sleep because it made me so nauseous I felt like vomiting every time I moved. I was extremely dizzy and it made my skin painful to the touch. Even after the migraine went away I still felt out of it the rest of the day. I would definitely ask for samples before paying for the prescription!
I have been a migraine sufferer since 1993 as the years went by they got worse where over the counter medicines didn't help. In 1996 I was diagnosed with migraines by a neurologist after going through test after test to rule out other medical problems. Believe me I actually had ask the doctor is it possible to cut that piece of brain out. Thats how severe they are. He prescribed several different kinds of migraine medicines and none worked for me until he gave me Imitrex. This is actually a miracle pill, yes the side effects are horrible and the migraine gets worse before it gets better, but once it's gone you are back to your normal life like you never had an episode. I don't leave home without it.
I have been using Imitrex for over a year now. It works very well for me. I had some trouble with chest pain for awhile. My Neurologist told me to try 1/4 to 1/2 tablet (25-50mg). This has worked for me. The headache goes away and all side effects are diminished. I found that the side effects varied depending on the manufacturer. There is something like a 7% variance in dosage (a 100 mg tablet can contain as little as 93 mg or as much as 107 mg of Sumatriptan). Also some coatings dissolve faster than others, therefore more severe side effects if the Sumatriptan is absorbed too rapidly.
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