Imitrex® (sumatriptan)

What is Imitrex generic?

Imitrex generic (sumatriptan) is a synthetic drug used for treating migraine headaches. It works by narrowing blood vessels around the brain area. It is instrumental in reducing substances that triggers headache pains, sensitivity to light and sound, nausea and other symptoms of migraine.Imitrex generic is utilized for treating migraines that have already started. It is not recommended for prevention of migraine pain or lessening the number of attacks.Imitrex generic must not be used for curing normal headache, a headache that results in stopping movement on one side of body or any headache that is different from regular migraine pain. Use this medication when doctor diagnoses migraine. Medical discretion is mandatory.Imitrex generic is used for some other health-related issues which may or may not be listed in this guide.

Important information

Do not use Imitrex generic if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients, especially sumatriptan. Use of Imitrex generic is not suitable if you have a past of coronary heart disease, blood circulation issues, chest pain, any heart disorder, elevated high pressure, any liver disease, heart stroke and ischemic bowel disease. In case you get a pain different from your regular migraine pain, do not use Imitrex generic till your doctor advises to do so.Imitrex generic must not be taken for atleast 24 hours before or after any other migraine drugs such as rizatriptan (Maxalt), sumatriptan injection, ), eletriptan (Relpax), naratriptan (Amerge), zolmitriptan (Zomig), frovatriptan (Frova) or almotriptan (Axert); and Ergot medications such as dihydroergotamine (D.H.E. 45, Migranal), dihydroergotamine (D.H.E. 45, Migranal), ergotamine (Ergomar, Cafergot, Migergot) and methylergonovine (Methergine).Use of Imitrex generic is not advisable to use with MAO inhibitors such as phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate) or selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), if you have taken MAO inhibitor in last 14 days.Before consuming Imitrex generic, Inform your doctor if you are suffering from or have a past of liver or kidney disease, heart rhythm disorder, blood pressure issues or coronary heart disease (or risk factors such as menopause, smoking, diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol levels, a family history of coronary heart disease, being a man older than 40 years of age and woman having hysterectomy or a past of hysterectomy)Tell your doctor if you are on anti-depressants such as duloxetine (Cymbalta), escitalopram (Lexapro), citalopram (Celexa), fluvoxamine (Luvox), sertraline (Zoloft) or venlafaxine (Effexor).Imitrex generic is utilized for treating migraines that have already started. It is not recommended for prevention of migraine pain or lessening the number of attacks.After consuming a pill of Imitrex generic, wait for at least two hours before taking second pill. The prescribed dosage of sumatriptan tablets is 200 mg in 24 hours. In case you are using Imitrex generic spray, wait for at least two hours before taking second spray. The prescribed application of sumatriptan nasal spray is not more than 40 mg in 24 hours. Do not increase the amount of dosage on your own. Follow prescribed schedule and dose concentrations.

Before using Imitrex generic

Do not use Imitrex generic if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients, especially sumatriptan.

Use of Imitrex generic must be avoided if you have:

  • A past of heart disease, heart stroke or attack (including a minor attack)
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • Serious liver disorder
  • Coronary heart disease, chest pain or angina, blood circulation issues, lack of blood supply to heart
  • Ischemic bowel disease
  • Headache different from regularly occurring migraine problems

Use of Imitrex generic is not advisable to use with MAO inhibitors such as phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate) or selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), if you have taken MAO inhibitor in last 14 days.

For ensuring the safety of medication, consult your doctor about using Imitrex generic under following conditions:

  • Any severe liver or kidney disease
  • Epilepsy or other seizure disorder
  • High blood pressure or seizures
  • Coronary heart disease (or risk factors such as menopause, smoking, diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol levels, a family history of coronary heart disease, being a man older than 40 years of age and woman having hysterectomy or a past of hysterectomy)

FDA pregnancy category C: It is unclear whether Imitrex generic harms a fetus. Inform your doctor if you detect your pregnancy or have plans to conceive in near future. When you start taking this medication, your name must be registered with Imitrex generic Pregnancy Registry.Sumatriptan is expected to harm a nursing baby after excreting into breast milk. Do not nurse your baby till 12 hours after consuming Imitrex generic tablet. If you use breast pump, throw out milk that is collected. Do not breastfeed you baby.Imitrex generic must not be given to anyone under 18 years of age or over 65 years of age.

Imitrex generic side effects

Call for medicinal help in case you feel ill after intake of Imitrex generic. This drug is known to cause some allergic reactions such as hives or skin rash, breathing difficulties and swelling in face, throat, lips and tongue.

Serious side effects of Imitrex generic are:

  • Nausea, sweating, general ill feeling, chest pain or heavy feeling;
  • One-sided numbness or weakness;
  • Severe headache, confusion, vision problems, speech or balance
  • Watery and bloody diarrhea, stomach pain;
  • Seizures (convulsions);
  • Tingling or a pale or blue-colored appearance in your fingers or toes
  • If you are taking antidepressants with Imitrex generic, it may cause hallucinations, fever, agitation, overactive reflexes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, , fast heart rate, loss of coordination and fainting.

Other common side effects are:

  • feeling hot or cold;
  • dizziness, spinning sensation, drowsiness;
  • pressure or heavy feeling in any part of your body;
  • mild headache but not a migraine
  • Strange taste in your mouth after using the nasal spray;
  • Burning, pain or other irritation in your nose or throat or numbness after using the nasal spray;
  • nausea, vomiting, drooling;
  • warmth, redness, or mild tingling under your skin

Note: Apart from above mentioned, there are few other side effects of Imitrex generic. If case you feel extremely unwell, immediate medical attention is required. You may report the matter to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 FREE

What happens if I miss a dose?

Imitrex generic is used when needed. Hence it is unlikely for you to skip a dose. Seek medical intervention in case your pain does not improve.Since Imitrex generic is used as needed, it does not have a daily dosing schedule. Call your doctor promptly if your symptoms do not improve after using this medicine.After consuming a pill of Imitrex generic, wait for at least two hours before taking second pill. The prescribed dosage of sumatriptan tablets is 200 mg in 24 hours.In case you are using Imitrex generic spray, wait for at least two hours before taking second spray. The prescribed application of sumatriptan nasal spray is not more than 40 mg in 24 hours

What happens if I overdose?

Seek medical intervention immediately or call poison helpline at 1-800-222-1222 FREE.Overdose symptoms are vision problems, watery eyes or mouth, weakness, lack of coordination, or seizure (convulsions), tremors or shaking, breathing problems, blue-colored lips or fingernails and skin redness.

What should I avoid?

Imitrex generic must not be taken for atleast 24 hours before or after any other migraine drugs such as rizatriptan (Maxalt), sumatriptan injection, ), eletriptan (Relpax), naratriptan (Amerge), zolmitriptan (Zomig), frovatriptan (Frova) or almotriptan (Axert); and Ergot medications such as dihydroergotamine (D.H.E. 45, Migranal), dihydroergotamine (D.H.E. 45, Migranal), ergotamine (Ergomar, Cafergot, Migergot) and methylergonovine (Methergine).Imitrex generic may cause thinking or reaction impairment. Be careful and alert while driving or undertaking similar job that demands attentiveness.

How should I use Imitrex generic?

Take Imitrex generic as your doctor advises. Do not increase or decrease the amount if medication on your own. Abide to all directions mentioned on prescription label. Over consumption of any migraine medication can aggravate your headache.Take Imitrex generic as soon as you see migraine symptoms or an attack that has already started. Your doctor may give you this medication first in the hospital or clinic itself for ensuring the safety of medication. Imitrex generic pill must be consumed with glass of water. Do not crack this medication. After consuming a pill of Imitrex generic, wait for at least two hours before taking second pill if your pain does not go, sustains or comes back. The prescribed dosage of sumatriptan tablets is 200 mg in 24 hours. If your condition does not improve, contact your medical expert.In case you are using Imitrex generic spray, wait for at least two hours before taking second spray if pain does not go, sustains or comes back. The prescribed application of sumatriptan nasal spray is not more than 40 mg in 24 hours. If your condition does not improve, contact your medical expert.Contact your doctor if you get more than four headaches in one month.Store Imitrex generic at Room Temperature. Do not expose in light, heat and moisture.

Reviews for Sumatriptan

Review by John ( Cluster Sufferer 35 yrs )

User Rating: 9.0

Imitrex generic (sumatriptan) for Cluster Headaches: Imitrex generic is a brilliant medication for migraine headaches. It works instantly on your cluster head pains. Imitrex generic injections are quick reacting but very expensive and painful. Nasal sprays causes nausea for me. Pills work wonderfully. Great drug!Review by Lynn Rose Miles

User Rating: 9.0

Imitrex generic (sumatriptan) for Cluster Headaches: I have been suffering from miraine since 42 years but Imitrex generic rooted it out completely. But it causes stomach aches. Sometimes I avoid Imitrex generic due to fear of getting stomach cramps.Review by Oh it hurts (taken for less than 1 month)

User Rating: 10

Imitrex generic (sumatriptan) for Migraine: I got mild migraine headaches but this medication with no frame of time cured it. The pain vanished after I woke up.