Imitrex is not a dangerous drug. It is about like aspirin or motrin but it works on migraines. I have been using Imitrex for over 15 years. It relieves migraines while no over the counter drug can do the job.
I would imagine that one day it will be. If I were to pull a guess, I would say it has something to do with how the patents are written and who owns those patents. Tylenol was an Rx drug for a long time before it became OTC as was ibuprofen (Motrin), and Naproxen Sodium (Aleve). Drugs like Prilosec were available only by Rx for 20 years or more before they became OTC. I'm sure someday we may see Imitrex OTC but as to when is anybody's guess.
I would hate to disagree with our site expert DzooBaby, but I think they may not put it OTC because of the effects it can have on people with undiagnosed heart problems. Immitrex as I understand it, & have used the injections dialate blood vessels. I would think in some situations that could be a very dangerous thing. Just my thoughts, & DzooBaby knows her stuff! ..
I wish Imitrex were put OTC. I don't know if it works like aspirin or motrin, but that is because those OTC products don't work for me. Only take Motrin for swelling of Achilles Tendons. Right now I take the geric Imitrex and know they always say generics are all the same, but I can see a bit of difference, Imitrex made me sweat a bit when started working, but the generic gives me stomach problems.
All I know is that my Neurologist told me 15 years ago that Midrin would one day be OTC, and even thought 15 years ago that it should be OTC. Look at what happened to that drug! Ugh. Best of wishes to you.
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