Also taking Imitrex more than 4x a month?

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CarolinaJen
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   Posted 11/4/2006 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all! I'm new to this forum, and I'm so glad to find a place to ask questions, and maybe offer some help! I've had migraines for about 6 years now. Recently I've been taking Imitrex, which seems to work very well. The unfortunate and sort of scary thing for me is that I get them what seems like every Saturday. I think they have something to do with either less stress or too much sleep. I'm leaning toward the "less stress", as I don't sleep in all that much. In the drug insert for Imitrex it explains that "safety info has not been determined for taking Imitrex more than 4x a month." Well, with a headache once a week, that's what has started happening. What should I look out for? What does that really mean? I'd love to take away whatever my trigger is, but I can't seem to find a pattern for when I DON'T have a headache on a Saturday!

Thanks!
Jen

Annuk
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   Posted 11/4/2006 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jen,

With the triptans usually, you must not take any more than 2 in 24hrs as I understand it, but am also open to learn. The Imitrex injections I had up to 10 times a month for 13 years! - an average of around 6 times per month! It might be good to talk to your pharmacist about this or your Doctor to clarify this.

It is quite common to have a Migraine on say a Saturday or when you get on holiday as you keep going all the time and when it is time to rest it can signal the headache. It might be helpful to change your routine for the weekends starting on Friday to get your subconcious or your bodyclock(whatever bit of us that we are not able to control) diverted into concentrating on something else in an effort to trick the headache into not turning up!!! - hope you understand what I mean?

Hope this helps, take care

Ann

mommyto3
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   Posted 11/4/2006 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Like Annuk said, I take alot more than 4x/month worth of Imitrex--I can easily use more than that in a week. However, I would talk to your doctor and get what is his safe recommendation for Imitrex...Many doctors opinions differ in this...If you take too much of some triptans/narctoics,etc., it can cause rebound headaches which can be just as nasty! Take Care..

hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 11/4/2006 6:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Now I'm a little scared. I take Immitrex probably 20-25x/mo. I have chronic daily migraine. I can't seem to find the right preventative that both helps and I can tolerate the side effects. I hope that others post as well as I can only imagine what this is doing to my body. yikes. I'm anxious about this now.
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Annuk
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   Posted 11/5/2006 6:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Hopeful, try not to be too anxious, talk to your Doc about this because everyone tolerates this differently and your Doc knows you best, and therefore is the best person to comment.

I do know people who have the limit of 2 Imitrex injections per 24 hours every day and tolerate it well! Please always talk to your doc about it!

take care

Ann

NatBe
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   Posted 1/26/2013 10:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello,

I am 51 and have been having migraines since age 40. My doctor will not prescribe to me more than 4 pills per month for Imitrex due to the statement provided by the drug company that the safety has not been tested for more than 4 headaches treated per month.

However, I am taking more than 4 per month due to getting them from a friend (unusual situation), and it is keeping me working. I try to limit the number of pills for a headache. I limit the number of pills in order to avoid rebound headaches. I do not take more than one Ibuprofen pill at a time, also. I also take Butalbitol (also called Fioricet) and limit that to one at a time, too. I try the ibuprofen and butalbitol first, and if I feel the migraine coming strong, then I'll take a 50 mg. Imitrex.

I'll take one Imitrex and wait; sometimes I have to wait 4 hours before it will kick in, but it does, except one time last month--it was the first time 50 mg. did not work; and that headache was bad (may have been a rebound headache). Also, I work on several types of migraine triggers when I get one in order to kill the headache. (I have read that it takes a certain amount of one or more triggers to produce a migraine.):

1. I work with food triggers as well--cutting them out completely, caffeine, chocolate, nuts, sulfites, nitrates, citrus, aged cheese, yogurt, soy, onions, all that stuff--in order to ensure I don't have severe headaches.

2. I also do things to reduce stress.

I wish they would f-ing test Imitrex so we can have the medicine we need! Maybe they did test it and they don't want to produce the results to the FDA. This stuff is powerful and I don't want to mess with my brain, but here I am doing it... confused

Thanks,

Angelic_Victory
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   Posted 1/27/2013 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I used to take maxalt and I had to take a lot a month and they never worked. I finally got in with a neurologist. My neurologist explained that certain types of migraines can actually be made worse by imitrex, maxalt, and other such medications. He put me on zonisamide, an antiseizure medication, and I get maybe 1 migraine every couple months. So I'd suggest you go see a neurologist about your migraines. Good luck.
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NatBe
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   Posted 1/27/2013 9:27 PM (GMT -7)   
That's a new one... (drug). I will tell my GP. I see him tomorrow. I was bringing my migriane literature. HOpefully he knows more than last time I saw him... I didn't think about trying a specialist. Duh. thanks.
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