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Drug Profiles:
IMITREX® Tablets
AKA: Sumatriptan Succinate


CAUTION: Federal law prohibits dispensing without prescription.


What is IMITREX®-

IMITREX® (sumatriptan succinate) is an abortive medication used for the treatment of Migraine attacks in adults. IMITREX® is the oldest of the new 'Tripans' Migraine wonder drugs.

This is a highly effective acute treatment, which appeared in 1993, which will work with efficiency for most Migraineurs, and has very few side effects.


About the Drug-

1stIMITREX® Tablets are the original drawing board up anti-migraine medicine. It's chemical name is sumatriptan succinate, created specifically for Migraine disease.

So IMITREX® can relieve more than the severe head pain of Migraine - it also relieves the nausea and other symptoms, like sensitivity to light, that often accompany Migraine. About the Dose- The tablets offer an effective treatment when taken very early in an attack. Migraineurs will find the tablets work best when taken at onset, during the predrome, or as soon as the aura phase starts. Although not as effective or as fast acting as the shot, it offers an effective therapy using the manufacturers recommend 50 mg dose.


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.