Imitrex is a triptans used to treat migraine headaches.
Imitrex belongs to a drug group named as triptans. These drugs directly affect the function of serotonin in the body.
It is used to treat migraines as it facilitates blood flow to the brain by limiting the narrowing of blood vessels due to serotonin.
However, Imitrex is not a permanent solution for migraines and will not be able to reduce the frequency at which you experience migraine related symptoms such as nausea and dizziness in the future.
This drug should be taken orally with our without food. The dosage and frequency of taking the drug will be decided by your doctor according to your health condition. If the symptoms of migraine fail to diminish after taking the recommended dosage, you may be able to take a second dosage after about 2 hours of the first one. However, it is best to consult with your doctor prior to doing so.
If the migraines do not reduce even after using the drug for a few days, you should stop taking the drug any further and consult with the doctor regarding the issue.
It is important to take the drug regularly in order to experience significant results.
It is vital that you inform your doctor about any allergies you may have for this drug or similar drugs. The inactive ingredients in the drug can cause a number of harmful side effects if you are allergic to it.
Those with a history of kidney diseases, liver diseases, and circulation issues should pay extra attention when taking Imitrex as it can worsen the situation. Those who have family history of high prevalence of heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol should be aware when taking the medication.
Imitrex may be harmful to people of old age as their risk for the above mentioned diseases is comparatively high to a younger person.
Pregnant women should try avoiding this medication. However, it won’t make a major impact if you take a few tablets in a critical situation.
Inform your doctor before going through any form of surgery while taking the drug.
It is also best to avoid driving and the use of heavy machinery when taking the drug.
The most common side effects of Imitrex include drowsiness, flushing, dizziness and nausea. These side effects will reduce and eventually completely diminish as your body gets used to the drug.
Additionally, some of the rare side effects of this drug include irregular heartbeat, fainting, stomach pain, seizures.
Since Imitrex is responsible for the increase in blood pressure in the body, it could even lead to strokes and heart attacks.
The drug also has the ability to increase the level of serotonin in the body. Elevated serotonin levels can cause side effects such as hallucinations, lack of coordination, muscle twitching, fast heartbeat, difficulty in breathing, etc. It is important to consult with your doctor if you experience even mild versions of these side effects in order to make sure that the medication is not putting your health at risk.