Generic Name: sumatriptan succinate
Drug Class: serotonin receptor agonist
Imitrex Injection is a subcutaneous injection used for acute treatment of migraine with or without aura. It is also used to relieve cluster headaches in adults. Imitrex Injection must only be used if there is a clear diagnosis of migraine and cluster headache and is not indicated for the prophylactic therapy of both conditions.
This is available in Imitrex 6 mg single-dose prefilled syringe cartridges.
Imitrex Injection Mechanism of Action
This injection has agonist effects on serotonin receptors in the intracranial blood vessels and the sensory nerves of the trigeminal system. This leads to the constriction of cranial vessels and pro-inflammatory neuropeptide release inhibition.
How to Use Imitrex Injection
Before using Imitrex Injection, it is necessary to read the drug information or patient information leaflet, or medication guide given by a healthcare professional. You must not use any medication unless you have understood the uses and directions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for further medical advice or additional details.
This subcutaneous injection is prescribed as needed. Remember that you should not administer more than 2 of the 6 mg doses or 3 of the 4 mg doses in a 24-hr period. Do not increase/decrease your Imitrex injection dosage and always use this product precisely as advised.
Step-by-step Guide on using Imitrex Injection:
- Start by choosing the fatty area where you will inject the medication. Then, wipe the area using an alcohol swab.
- Press the pen firmly against the skin and push the blue button.
- Hold it still against the skin for about 5 seconds.
- Carefully remove the pen from the skin. Take care not to get your hands on the needle.
Imitrex Injection Side Effects
Mild & Common Side Effects:
-Temporary pain or redness in the injection site
Severe Side Effects:
-Elevated blood pressure
-Bluish discoloration of the fingers and toes
-Cold sensation of the extremities
-Mental or mood changes
Note that this is not a full/complete list of the side effects of Imitrex Injection.
If you experience severe or persistent adverse reactions, discontinue medication and call your doctor or any healthcare professional to report side effects.
Warnings and Precautions
Do not use this prescription drug if you have a known allergic reaction to sumatriptan or any inactive ingredients it may contain. Always be watchful for any serious allergy symptoms, including trouble breathing, swelling of the face and neck, severe dizziness, swollen lymph nodes, hives/itchiness, and skin rashes. If this occurs, stop using this subcutaneous injection and seek emergency medical help immediately.
Imitrex Injection may be contraindicated for people with a history of heart disease, arrhythmia, peripheral vascular syndrome, hypertension, stroke, and hepatic impairment. Also, due to possible drug interactions, you should discuss all the prescription medications, nonprescription medications, supplements, and herbal products you are taking.
Pregnant moms must avoid Imitrex Injection because there is evidence that it can cause harm to unborn babies. For breastfeeding moms, this drug is known to pass the breastmilk. Discuss with your physician all the possible risks and benefits before using this injection.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Imitrex Injection used for?
This sumatriptan injection is used for migraines. This is also indicated to relieve cluster headaches.
Imitrex Injection – How long does it work?
This injection works immediately. It starts working around 5-10 minutes after it has been administered. It can reach its full effect within 1 hour.
How long does an Imitrex Injection last?
This subcutaneous injection is a short-acting medication. It can only take 10 hours for this drug to be cleared from the body.
Which is better, Imitrex injection or pills?
Imitrex injection vs pills – The injection form works immediately. For the oral Imitrex, it may take 30 minutes before it starts working.
Can Imitrex damage your heart?
This prescription medication can potentially cause serious heart problems, such as angina, heart attack, and cardiac arrest. This is why you must always take all the necessary caution when using this product.
Do you need a prescription for Imitrex Injection?
This product is a prescription drug. You need to have a valid prescription before purchasing from any pharmacy.
How much is the cost of Imitrex Injection?
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