I take Imitrex for my headaches. It is non-addictive and is available by injection or pill. I have always used the injection and finds it works much faster. It is not a bad injection it goes into the muscle and really doesn't cause much discomfort.
There are people who cannot take Imitrex for various reasons. You may want to ask your mother's doctor about it.
Read More I will say that if I recall correctly maxalt is about half the cost of imitrex tablets or nasal and much less than the injection imitrex units. To help with the withdrawal from caffeine you can use coffee with the meds above but be sure you are lowering your caffeine intake a small amount each week.
This may actually be easier using caffeine tablets. Read More My mom has arthritis really bad in her neck, the pain center gave her the same injection that you mentioned, also an injection that had B I'm seriously thinking about having the injections done. Since starting PT the facial tingling has subsided, but my ear and lower teeth pain has gotten worse. I also notice that I can't stand tight clothing shirts , its almost like my skin is hypersensitive, it feels like bugs crawling under it.
Soon as I remove it, its gone. Read More She has been treating me for migraines and depression with Imitrex when needed and a daily dosage of Prozac of 10mg.
The Imitrex thankfully, works, and the migraines have also been lessened by the Prozac. However, I continue to have nasty "low" days when I can barely function and have also experienced symptoms of hypoglycemia and panic attacks and or crying jags for no reason. I have been reading a lot about the Depo side effects some women have had and they mirror mine. Read More My name is Suzzette. I am new to the web site. I was prescribed Topamax about a year ago by my Pain Doctor.
I stopped taking it because it made me feel confused. In the Internet newsgroups where people are discussing headaches, they talk about "migraine" headaches and seem to be assuming all bad headaches are in the migraine category. What you are saying is imperative, because using Imitrex may not achieve the desired result. The tendency is for people to think Imitrex is the ultimate answer for all types of headache and it may not be the answer for their current headache pattern.
Bernstein - People will come to see me after they have seen 5 other doctors even other neurologists. Where I find the problem often has been, is that the patient uses the term "migraine", and the doctor accepts the term without trying to sort out whether or not other types of headaches are present and distinguish the migraine from the non-migraine headache.
People with migraine can have other types of headaches as well. Trainers - Yes we have noticed that just about any really painful, serious or bad headache is automatically termed a migraine. Bernstein - Yes, a bad headache is often called a "migraine" on TV. The "Excedrin commercials" discuss severe headaches as if they are all migraine. It is similar to the old sinus medicine commercials where the sinuses are throbbing. The inference was that the "Headache goes away when you squirt this medicine in your nose" or "take this tablet to relieve sinus headache".
Any throbbing headache was in the category of "Oh it's my sinuses", which is another misused term. Very few headaches are sinus headaches. There is a tendency in the media to talk about migraine without defining what migraine is. Also, overuse of some of non-prescription medications can cause rebound headaches. Trainers - Does Imitrex cause rebound headaches? Bernstein - Probably, there are people who take Imitrex everyday who develop headaches when the Imitrex wears off.
So, then you have to go back and ask are they taking Imitrex for the right headache and when the Imitrex wears off do they then take two Excedrin or three Tylenol. Patients don't always report to their physician how much non-prescription medication they take.
They always talk about how much Imitrex they are taking but may not realize how important it is to report non-prescription medication. Here is a typical scenario: Patient- "My Imitrex is down to three a week. Doctor- " How often do you take two? Doctor- "That's 16 a day". Patient- "Yeah, that's about right. I take it everyday. I get up in the morning and I take it, as long as I keep taking it I'm okay. Then every now and then I really get nauseous and vomiting and I take my Imitrex.
This person was sent by a neurologist who was treating their "migraine" and had gotten her down to three Imitrex a week which is still a lot. But she still had daily headaches. Nobody discussed the use of non-prescription medicine, and this is often not in the medical records and patients generally don't volunteer this information.
Trainers - Are there other medications like Imitrex? Bernstein - There are 3 other medications in the same chemical family as Imitrex, triptans. There's Maxalt, Zomig,and Amerge. Amerge is slower in onset but a much longer acting drug than Imitrex.
Amerge may have a physiological effect two to three times as long as Imitrex. So, for people who tell you they get a three day headache once a month, Amerge may be a better drug.
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