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Anyone use IMITREX for Migraines

post #1 of 29
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The dr gave me Imitrex to try for my Migraines.
Anyone use that before and how did it work?
post #2 of 29
A co-worker had the pills and the shots. They knocked her off her butt. They didn't complete take the headache away but it worked better than Excedrin. She also felt nauseous from them.
post #3 of 29
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I have not tried them yet.
The Dr wants to try them first and if they do not work go to something else.
post #4 of 29
About 10 years ago, no longer works for me.

I take daily medication as my migraines are chronic.

Leslie
post #5 of 29
For me... same as water... nothing...
Maxalt on the other hand, worked well...

My doc in Brazil (because I have no insurance here) put me now on a medication called Topamax (Topiramate)... It is for epileptics AND migraine. You need to take it every day though.... It is only my second day, and I am VERY excited - I can't stand having migraines anymore... I was having it almost every day! The most reported side effect is weight loss, which in my case is highly welcomed!
I will keep you posted on how it is working for me - it takes about a month to really make a difference... Maybe you should discuss it with your doctor?
post #6 of 29
My MIL does....they work wonderful for her, except that she spends the day either in bed, or doing very light activities because they knock her on her butt.
post #7 of 29
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Originally Posted by mews2much View Post
I have not tried them yet.
The Dr wants to try them first and if they do not work go to something else.
Usually it's trial and error.
I am on a Beta Blocker to prevent them and so far two months without one. For some reason he thinks I get them more than I do. I didn't correct him b/c I enjoy being migraine free and don't mind taking medication.
post #8 of 29
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Usually it's trial and error.
I am on a Beta Blocker to prevent them and so far two months without one. For some reason he thinks I get them more than I do. I didn't correct him b/c I enjoy being migraine free and don't mind taking medication.
I agree it is a trial and error....
Right now I am testing a few different ones for the really bad ones (like the ones that won't go away with excedrin, or otc meds)...
Crazyforinfo - what are you on, on a daily basis?
post #9 of 29
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Originally Posted by carolinalima View Post
I agree it is a trial and error....
Right now I am testing a few different ones for the really bad ones (like the ones that won't go away with excedrin, or otc meds)...
Crazyforinfo - what are you on, on a daily basis?
Generic name is Propranolol 60mg.
post #10 of 29
I did many yrs ago ... worked but yes it did knock me off my feet when I used it
post #11 of 29
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Generic name is Propranolol 60mg.
Oh, ok - I was on it for a couple of years - it is used for hypertension and migraine... It worked for a while, not anymore
Migraine SUCKS!
post #12 of 29
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I am scared to take new medicine.
I took Propranolol 3 years ago but the dr said I could stop it.
post #13 of 29
it works great for me, you are supposed to take is as soon as you feel the migraine coming on but there were plenty of times, like today where i woke up with a full on migraine, 1st i tried ibuprofen and it didn't touch it, so a few hours later i took an imitrex and it let up in about an hour, after you take it you should try and lay down for an hour, but there were times i had to take them at work. The only side effect i get from them is when it kicks in it makes me a lil stupid, like i cant think straight but very minor, nothing serious. give it a try, if it doesn't work for you there are other migraine medicines you can always try.
post #14 of 29
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Thanks,
I will do that.
They only gave me 6 pills to try.
post #15 of 29
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Thanks,
I will do that.
They only gave me 6 pills to try.
Jacky - have you tried Maxalt? I had no side effects from it...
post #16 of 29
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I did 2 years ago.
post #17 of 29
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Originally Posted by mews2much View Post
I did 2 years ago.
Didn't work?
post #18 of 29
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I got scared because it gave me fast heartbeats.
post #19 of 29
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Originally Posted by mews2much View Post
I got scared because it gave me fast heartbeats.
Oh, ok....
I Hope Imitrex works for you!!!
post #20 of 29
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Thanks
I do also.
post #21 of 29
It works if you catch the migraine early. I can't take any medication once it's full blown, otherwise I vomit.

As for Propranolol (spelling? lol), I took that in high school. Got up to about 60 mg before the neurologist took me off them. I have naturally low BP, and it got down to 80/54 before they stopped.

Question, though: do you have TMJ? I do, and didn't know until I had severe muscle jaw pain and saw a dentist that diagnosed me. I was up to 4-5 migraines a month, each one debilitating. I was fitted with an NTI-TSS dental device and I average about 1-2 bad migraines a month. They're still bad, but not nearly as debilitating as before. I can usually control the onset with OTC meds now.
post #22 of 29
I was put on IMITREX and they did not work at all for me. It did make my stomach hurt though My dr is still trying to find something that will work for me.
post #23 of 29
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Originally Posted by mews2much View Post
I am scared to take new medicine.
I took Propranolol 3 years ago but the dr said I could stop it.
Why did he say you could stop?

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Originally Posted by carolinalima View Post
Oh, ok - I was on it for a couple of years - it is used for hypertension and migraine... It worked for a while, not anymore
Migraine SUCKS!
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Originally Posted by emrldsky View Post

As for Propranolol (spelling? lol), I took that in high school. Got up to about 60 mg before the neurologist took me off them. I have naturally low BP, and it got down to 80/54 before they stopped.

Question, though: do you have TMJ?
I went for a follow up after 30days and my BP is the same. It lowers your BP and heart rate. I already have low numbers and he feels they won't fall. He wants to keep an eye on it so I go back in 6 months.

I have TMJ but refuse to wear the mouth guards. I had one for braces and it always fell out. I am too afraid to wear them now.

Jacky do you know the cause of your migraines?
post #24 of 29
I'm not allowed to take them. For one thing they do not work on the type of migraines I get, and can actually make them worse, but the one or two times I took them before knowing the kind of migraines I get (hemiplegic) they made me EXTREMELY nauseous and made me vomit uncontrollably. It is now on my list of "allergic to" meds b/c of this.
post #25 of 29
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Originally Posted by Crazyforinfo View Post
I have TMJ but refuse to wear the mouth guards. I had one for braces and it always fell out. I am too afraid to wear them now.
The NTI is pricey, but it only goes on your front teeth (top or bottom) and it fits snugly. Some insurances are covering it, but ours didn't so it was $500 out of pocket (two years ago). BEST $500 we ever spent, IMO.

It prevents your teeth from making contact, putting the pressure on your front teeth. When you sleep, your body automatically releases the pressure on your front teeth, so you don't actually do any damage to them (though you can kind of gnaw on the hard plastic, and do damage to it over time).

But all in all, TMJ sufferers are known to also be chronic headache sufferers. All the muscles in your neck, jaw, and head connect with one another. If you don't allow your teeth to clench and grind, those muscles begin to relax, lowering the number of headaches you get.

Sorry, I'm off topic a bit. I'm just SO glad I got mine and that it helps with my migraines, I can't help but tell others that they might also benefit.
post #26 of 29
I think Imitrex is the greatest medication on the face of the Earth! I used to have 3 to 4 migraines a week. My doctor put me on Inderal (propanolol 160mg) and now I only have them 3 or 4 times a month!!! My prescription insurance changed, and I can only get 9 Imitrex tablets/month. Now I have a script for Imitrex and Maxalt. They both work excellently for my type of migraine (tension/migraine.)

Imitrex now comes as a generic (sumatriptan) and costs much less than the name brand. The Maxalt patent expires in 2012, so it will still be a while before it's available as a generic.
post #27 of 29
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The Imitrex is $112 for 6 pills but thank god I have insurance.
I only paid $10 for the pills.
post #28 of 29
have you considered the timing of your migraine to hormone changes?

my personal experience:
- after evaluating food allergies, i.e. chocolate, milk, msg, and omitting them from my diet
- I found that keeping my hormonal balance the same all the time has relieved the migraine problem
- now, no migraines -- except if I am weak and eat a lot of chocolate, or consume milk products
post #29 of 29
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I do get some before my period everymonth.
The others I get if I go out in the sun when its hot.
I pretty much now what causes them.
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