Sumatriptan (Imitrex)


Imitrex is a migraine treatment containing the active ingredient sumatriptan. It is prescribed to patients who have regular migraine attacks. Sumatriptan, which is widely used in generic drug copies of Imitrex, can help reduce the effect of migraine if taken before the headache starts. Imitrex tablets can also help reduce symptoms such as upset stomach, nausea and light and noise sensitivity that come with a migraine attack. You can buy generic Imitrex online in tablet and nasal spray forms.

Sumatriptan, taken at the beginning of a migraine headache, may reduce the severity of the headache. It is not effective in preventing migraines. It can also stop the upset stomach, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and noise associated with migraine headaches. This medication is not to be used for other types of headaches.

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Frequently asked Questions about Sumatriptan (Generic Imitrex)

How does Sumatriptan (Generic Imitrex) work?

Migraine is believed to be caused due to widening of the blood vessels in the brain. Sumatriptan, which is a serotonin (or 5HT) agonist, works by stimulating serotonin receptors. This effect leads to a narrowing of the blood vessels. Imitrex has been studied and approved by the FDA for the prevention of onset of migraine. Many news and forums on the drug describe it as the “migraine killer”, a term that can be applied effectively when the drug is taken just as the symptoms of migraine appear.

Side effects of Sumatriptan (Generic Imitrex)

Imitrex side effects occur commonly in most patients and include low severity symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, muscle pain, skin reddening, feeling of heaviness, sneezing, runny nose, cough, irritated nose or throat, unusual taste in mouth, and sleepiness. There are also some dangerous Imitrex side effects that require medical attention; these include chest pain, sudden numbing of one side of the body, confusion and imbalance, increased heart rate and agitation, severe stomach and body pains, bloody diarrhea, seizures, and bluing of fingers and toes.

Sumatriptan tablets should never be administered to adolescents or children under the age of 18 and adults aged 65 years and above. For such patients, doctors should prescribe alternative treatments. Imitrex dose should be taken only as required; it is not a regular dosage treatment. Indiscriminate use or overdose of Imitrex could lead to severe side effects. While its effects during pregnancy have not been studied, Imitrex should only be administered to pregnant women if the benefits outweigh the risk of Imitrex side effects.

Guidelines before taking Imitrex

Imitrex cannot prevent migraines; it can only reduce severity of symptoms. This medication should not be taken to treat regular headaches. Keep a gap of at least two hours between successive dosages of Imitrex but do not extend the dosage beyond 300mg in a 24 hour period. Imitrex is not advisable for heart attack patients or those who have angina, stroke or high blood pressure.

What are the common dosages of Sumatriptan (Generic Imitrex)?

Manufactured by GSK, Imitrex comes in a single dosage form of 100mg, which is to be taken soon as the effects of an oncoming migraine attack are felt.

Difference between Brand Imitrex and Generic Sumatriptan

GlaxoSmithKline owns and manufactures the branded Plavix, while generic Sumatriptan drug is manufactured by Sun Pharma and several other manufacturers. Brand Plavix has received approval from FDA, while generic alternatives are based on this approval of sumatriptan. Other differences between the two versions lie in the colour of the tablets, their shapes and sizes.

Where and how to buy generic Imitrex?

Generic Imitrex is more widely available than the brand and is easily available through online pharmacies. Once you have a prescription, you can buy generic Imitrex online at cheap discount prices as many online pharmacies offer the medication at a special price. Buying online is a good option for patients who are restricted to their homes as they have the option of overnight home delivery. As it is a prescription medication, you cannot buy sumatriptan drug online without prescription.

Why is the price of generic Imitrex so cheap at Canex?

All generic medicines on come directly from the manufacturers in large volumes. So we get better prices, which allow us to supply generic Imitrex to customers at even cheaper rates.