Imitrex Nasal Spray is a type of migraine medication known as a triptan or 5-HT1 agonist. Although the cause of migraine attacks is not fully understood, it is thought that widening of blood vessels in the brain causes the throbbing pain of migraine headaches. The delivery of Sumatriptan via your nasal passages begins to work faster than taking a pill that has to work its way through your body.The safety and effectiveness of Imitrex Nasal Spray has not been established for treating cluster headaches.
When taken as directed, the active ingredient in Imitrex Nasal Spray called Sumatriptan binds to serotonin receptors in your brain which causes the blood vessels to narrow and reduce the blood flow which stops some nerves from sending pain signals to your brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that communicates between nerve cells.
Imitrex Nasal Spray will not prevent migraines from occurring but it is effective at stopping one that has begun. Sumatriptan also reduces substances in the body that can trigger headache pain, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and other migraine symptoms.
The most common type of migraine headache is referred to as a migraine without aura. Typically, there are no warnings that announce a migraine is about to begin and the attacks are more frequent and disabling than those with auras. A migraine with aura is preceded by flashing lights, colored wavy lines of light, and vision changes to name a few. Each person that experiences a migraine with aura may appreciate the warning so they can be ready to use Imitrex Nasal Spray because you need to take a dose at the first sign of the migraine.
Inform your physician if you have a history of stroke heart attack, or coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or uncontrolled diabetes as Imitrex nasal spray may not be recommended. Ask your doctor if Imitrex Nasal Spray is safe to use if you are pregnant, trying to conceive, or are breast feeding. Explain other Rx and OTC meds you currently take or use to your doctor, including herbal remedies and vitamin or dietary supplements, to determine if Imitrex Nasal Spray is the right migraine drug for you.
Imitrex should not be used to treat a common tension headache, a headache that causes loss of movement on one side of your body, or any headache that seems to be different from your usual migraine headaches. The overuse of Imitrex Nasal Spray may result in a worse headache, so follow directions and revisit your doctor if you require Imitrex Nasal Spray more than ten times per month. Until you know how Imitrex Nasal Spray will affect you, refrain from taking part in any activities that require you to be alert.
Seek immediate medical assistance if you experience swelling of your face, lips, throat, or tongue as you may be experiencing an allergic reaction.