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Reviews for Imitrex to treat Migraine
Review by Hauteracer (taken for 1 to 6 months):
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.
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.
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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.
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.
I'm 54 years old and have used Imitrex for almost 20 years. No side effects except leg pain for about 24 hours, as if I overused in a workout. Was on 100 mg tabs for a long time, with 3 mg self-injections as necessary. Now just taking 50 mg as I get fewer and less intense headaches now. This medicine is worth trying, but ask for EKG first if the doctor doesn't order it, this can help check for heart okay first.
I am 51 and suffered with migraines since about age 20; didn't get Imitrex until my early 30's. It has saved my life, without it I was worthless for a day. Fortunately I can cut 100mg into 3 and it works for me. I would lay down for 20 minutes and headache gone. Recently I have had to use the generic and didn't think anything of it and have found I need to take a 100mg and now I get side effects I didn't before. Just the weird feelings from vasodilatation in my chest and sometimes my legs. Sometimes the 100mg doesn't take it completely away. I am a nurse and will look for another alternative because I would have to pay $600 for 3 boxes out of pocket if I want the brand.
I use Imitrex at the start of my aura, which is usually 20 minutes long and once the aura is gone the headache hits me. I add a Vicodin pill with the Imitrex and usually lay down when and where I can. It seems to work for me. The only side effects I have are a stiff neck and upper back and grogginess for a day or two. I keep Imitrex in my car, at work, the boat and my golf bag.
The magic migraine medicine! I'm 47 years old and have suffered from moderately severe migraines since I was 11. The list of different drugs I've taken over the years is too long to recite, and the only other drug that has been effective in any way is Fioricet/Fiorinal, but I develop a tolerance to Fiorinal. I was skeptical when I first tried Imitrex, but have become a believer! I have taken both nasal spray and tablets and both work quickly and thoroughly with NO SIDE EFFECTS. Truly the magic, miracle migraine medicine, for which I am sincerely grateful.
I have high regard for Imitrex. And the generic first provided by Dr. Reddy was equal to the original Imitrex. However, I have recently been required to use a different generic and it is basically worthless. I was taking 50 milligrams and having the migraine gone within an hour. Now a 100 milligram tablet has little effect and I usually have to take a second 100 milligram tablet to get any relieve. I would sure like to know how the generic industry works because for me it does not seem to be quite up to speed, at least with the drug that I need most.
While it did make the pain stop, it didn't help the other symptoms I have. It also left a dull aching pressure in my face, made my chest hurt, and my hair felt as though it was being pulled. I found out later it is not supposed to be used by people who've had atypical migraines, which I've had.
It keeps my migraines from blowing out into a severe migraines, but it takes close to an hour to kick in and when it does I feel extremely sick, very fatigued for two hours after. Then I have just a mild headache, but I feel like I have a hang over and become forgetful and weak. It is definitely a trade off, but as severe as my migraine can get, I'll take with this until I find another type of medication.
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