Crohns & Imitrex Users....

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broomhilda
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   Posted 9/11/2007 7:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I have begun having cluster migraines.  I don't particularly like the warning lable on this drug even though I don't have any heart problems.  Can't take NSAIDs of course, can't tolerate straight Tylenol either.  The only thing that works for me is Percocet (which has Tylenol in it)!?  I have had hormonal migraines for the last ten years which start one day before my period and last 3-4 days into that lovely week.  I also have the occasional sinus migraine. 
 
Within the last three months (no new drug changes) I started having the cluster migraines at 5:00 in the evening.  You could set your watch by it.  The imuran I'm on I take at night because it gives me headaches too.  I thought the "new" cluster headaches maybe had to do with dosage times of the other drugs I take but the Dr. thinks not.
 
What is your experience with the Imitrex and your Crohns or any other side effects you may have with the Imitrex?  Having a lovely migraine tonight, but I grabbed my trusty Percocet after reading the Imitrex package insert. 
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Remicade, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain.  Lactose Intolerant?
 
 
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bunnypucker
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   Posted 9/11/2007 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
i take imitrex for my migraines and i have had no negative effects as far as i know with the CD, or with the thousand meds i am on. either way its the only thing that helps and its worth it to me to be out of that pain and not in bed for 3 days. hope this helps
 
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broomhilda
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   Posted 9/11/2007 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Bunny-

As you will note from my other post tonight, I'm also having gallbladder problems and I'm in no mood to be up puking all night from a migraine either!
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Remicade, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain.  Lactose Intolerant?
 
 
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dunny2
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   Posted 9/11/2007 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Broomhilda, I have the imitrex shots. The pills are not strong enough. I have a pen much like an insulin pen that I
use when the migraine is getting out of control. I find within 15 to 20 minutes the migraine has gone. I really don't
know how I use to cope before imitrex, as I would be in the bathroom vomiting from the pain, the vomiting would
then cause the pain to increase, so on and so on. I would give it a try. best of luck.
Vicky

Too many years with CD
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Jen77
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   Posted 9/11/2007 8:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I can have trouble with migraines too. Seem to run in my family. I had an "almost" migraine for 4 days a few weeks ago (you guessed it hormonal). I normally skip my periods now with BCP, which HELPS. But I let myself have one this month, and of course the migraine wanted to join in.

I take Toprol XL, which is a blood pressure medication to help with my migraines. I was getting at least once a month before starting it, and it was great. Took them away! But I still will get one here and there. I had one in August that lasted 3 days. I really thought about going in and talking about Imitrex. I have read about the side effects (not with Crohn's but in general). They scare me to death! So it is good to hear others don't have side effects and that it works so well for them.
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with mild Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Asacol and Questran.


beachlife
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   Posted 5/4/2011 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
old post but thought I'd chime in. Imitrix/sumatriptan works wonderful on my headaches(which I always described as partial tension, partial migraine based on the definitions). No reaction with my UC.

I also had luck with Percocet/Vicodin, etc. but Dr wouldn't prescribe this for headaches.

May ask about Toprol XL as Imitrix is $$ @ only 9/mo/Rx allowed by insurance
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