The main precaution in the case of using this drug is that this medicine should not be used to treat the type of headache what we called as the common tension headache. This type of headache is caused due to the movement loss to a particular part of the body. It can also be differentiated as that this headache will occur differ from the migraine type of headaches. So this drug should only be used in those cases, which are being clinically tested and made sure that this is migraine headache. There are also so many other uses for this drug generic Imitrex.
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There are certain safety precautions that you have to take care before using this drug. They are described below. The patient should avoid adhering to this medication if he or she is allergic to sumatriptan. If the patients is also suffering or had suffered from the attacks of cardiac disease, then they should also keep away from taking this drug. The list of other patients who need to avoid taking this drugs are those suffering from coronary heart disease, problems with blood circulation, angina, problems with blood supply to the parts of heart, uncontrolled hypertension, ischemic bowel disease, chronic liver disease, history of stroke or cardiac arrest. Also if you have reported a headache that has been different from that of the migraine then also you have to keep away from the drug Imitrex generic.
If you already taken any medication for the problem of migraine within 24 hours then you should not take this meds. Those list of migraine headache meds include sumatriptan injection, eletriptan , almotriptan , rizatriptan , frovatriptan , zolmitriptan , naratriptan , ergotamine , dihydroergotamine , methylergonovine or dihydroergotamine . Also if you have taken any MAO inhibitors then also you have to avoid taking Imitrex. The MAO inhibitor category meds include furazolidone, phenelzine , isocarboxazid , selegiline , rasagiline , tranylcypromine and Emsam. This is applicable only if the patient has taken this MAO within the last fourteen days or so.
While your doctor is advising you to take the Imitrex meds, then you have to report to the doctor if you are suffering from the kidney or liver disease, hypertension, seizures, heart rhythm dysfunction, diabetes, coronary heart disease, obesity, smoking, family history of having coronary artery disease, high cholesterol, men in the higher age group or woman who had undergone hysterectomy. Also intimate your doctor if you are on any antidepressants such as Celexa, Pristiq, Cymbalta, Lexapro, Sarafem, Prozac, Luvox, Paxil, Zoloft and Effexor.
As explained above this drug is only useful to treat already existing headache and cannot be able to reduce or prevent the number of headaches being occurring. There are certain things that have to be noted after taking the Imitrex drug. Once the first dose of the Imitrex has been taken the patient need to wait for another 2 hours to take the second dose. The patient has to avoid taking more than taking sumatriptan 200 mg in 24 hours. This is also applicable for the use of generic Imitrex nasal spray. In the case of the nasal spray the patient should not use the spray of the dose more than 40 mg in the duration of 24 hours.
This drug falls under the category C of the FDA pregnancy medication list. So it is still unknown whether the use of this medication will cause any injury or harm the unborn baby in the womb of the mother who is taking this drug. It is also unknown that the sumatriptan passes into the breast milk and harm the baby. So if you are pregnant or planning for a pregnancy then you have to tell your doctor about this well in advance. It is also said that there is a chance for passing the content of this drug into the breast milk, so it is advisable not to breast fed the baby within 12 hours after the mother has taken this drug. This is also applicable while using the breast pump.
It is strictly advisable that the drug generic Imitrex should only be prescribed for those patients who are within the age group of 18 and 65. This drug is strictly prohibited for the use of children under the age of 18.