Immitrex Injections

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   Posted 8/30/2007 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone.  Just wondering if anyone that has a problem with high blood pressure takes Immitrex injections?  I normally don't have problems with hypertension but any time that I have a bad migraine, my BP goes through the room.  My neurologist has given me samples of Immitrex injections and some of the things that I have read about it make me worry just a little about what it might do to my BP.  I guess I am just a little scared to take it if my BP is already increased - the last time I was in the ER, my BP was 202/118 until my pain was under control.  I take my BP multiple times a week and never have found that it is increased except during a migraine.
Also, for any of you that live in the Southeast - have you been experiencing an increase in migraines with this silly weather?  Don't get me wrong - these storms every afternoon are doing wonders for my lawn but I have had a headache every single day.  So far, I have avoided the worst of the worst and have been able to stay out of the ER but have still been living on my meds.  Just wondering if I am the only crazy one???????
Hope all of you have a very wonderful Labor Day!  NO MIGRAINES ALLOWED ON A HOLIDAY (just dreaming!). 
DX:  Migraines since June, 2006, kidney stones
RX:  Daily - Verapamil, Trileptal
PRN:  Relpax, Prednisone, Dilaudid, Lortab, Lidocaine Nasal Spray

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   Posted 8/31/2007 1:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi baseballmomof3,

Unfortunately one of the side effects of Imitrex - I believe this may go for the other triptans too - is raised blood pressure, but this is only temporary during the time the drug is in the body - around 2 hours I believe!!!

Please discuss this with your Doctor/Neuro. Severe pain will raise blood pressure, you may find that as your pain goes and your pressure goes down the effects of the Imitrex are insignificant as they are only temporary.

But please discuss your situation with you Doctor/Neuro first to put your mind at ease. As far as I understand it, when blood pressure is raised all the time to the levels you are talking about that is when any damage can be done, but, if it is temporary I think that may be different!!!!! Check it out!

All the best with this, take care

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   Posted 9/1/2007 4:25 PM (GMT -6)   
the inj. actually lower my BP... maybe since the rise of your BP is because of pain, if the initrex works, making your pain decrease, it won't caues too much of a problem.
I don't know. Again, talk to your doctor about this.
Hope all is well,
ps: I live in Tennessee, and we are in drought/extremly high temps, and they are no good for my headaches. i can't really go outside in the heat, seems to trigger a h/a.
I had to have my first shot in like 2 months this week...I was sad. It was after my PT for whiplash, i think that had a lot to do with it too.
DX-Migraines:PCOS(should have seen this list before!!)
Meds; imitrex inj, stadol ns PRN severe h/a
 ProzAC 40mg, Klonopin 1mg BID , Ambien 10mg
PRN, Pherergan, Actiq 600mcg(fentanyl suckers) for migraine breakthrough pain
 Doing engergy medicine!!!!
May God give you a reason to smile today, an extra reason to laugh, and bring joy to your soul.

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