About the Dose-
IMITREX STATdose SYSTEM® is available along with IMITREX prefilled
syringes. The STATdose SYSTEM Kit contains 6-mg dose of injectable
IMITREX® and the STATdose PEN® (an autoinject device), together
in a neat plastic, all-in-one carrying case. Using IMITREX®- IMITREX®
should be taken at the onset of a Migraine attack. But, if you can't,
you should know that IMITREX® is usually effective at any time
- even if you take it when your Migraine is at its worst. In addition,
IMITREX® is not a narcotic or barbiturate, and, most importantly,
according to the manufacturer, in most people IMITREX® does not
cause the unpleasant side effect of drowsiness. The most frequently
seen side effects are tingling and nasal discomfort.
IMITREX®, a prescription product available only through your
doctor, is used for the acute treatment of migraine attacks in adults.
You should not take IMITREX® if you have certain types of heart
disease, a history of stroke or Transient lschemic Attacks (TIAs),
peripheral vascular disease, Raynaud's syndrome, or blood pressure
that is uncontrolled. Very rarely, certain people, even some without
heart disease, have had serious heart-related problems when taking
IMITREX®. Therefore, if you have risk factors for heart disease,
such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or are a
smoker, you need to be evaluated by your doctor before taking IMITREX®.
If you are currently taking other medications, particularly MAO inhibitors
and ergotamines, or if you are pregnant, nursing, or thinking of becoming
pregnant, you should talk to your doctor. What's more, if the headaches
you are suffering are not Migraines, IMITREX® is not for you.
About the Auto-Injection System-
IMITREX® pre-filled syringes are available for those who would
prefer to self-inject without the autoinject device (please ask your
doctor or pharmacist for more details). However, people who evaluated
the STATdose SYSTEM preferred it to the old system for several reasons:
Easier to use (based on a 1995 survey of 85 healthcare professionals
and patients) Compact, all-in-one design carrying case about the size
of a deck of cards.
Glaxo offers a free videotape entitled How to Use the IMITREX®
(sumatriptan succinate) STATdose SYSTEM. You can order the video by