Imitrex Precautions and Warnings


Imitrex Precautions and Warnings

Imitrex can interact with other medicines. It’s important to know all of the medicines that you or your family member takes. Use the migraine journal to keep a list of all medicines to share with your doctor. Only your doctor can prescribe prescription medicines for you. Do not stop taking any medicine without speaking to your doctor.

You should not take Imitrex if you have:

  • Heart disease
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • Hemiplegic migraine (migraine with stroke-like symptoms of extreme muscle weakness and paralysis)
  • Basilar migraine (migraine with throbbing pain at the back of the head)

You should not take Imitrex if you have a history, symptoms, or signs of poor blood flow to:

  • Your heart (including chest pain, blood vessel spasm and heart attack)
  • Your brain (including stroke and TIA (transient ischemic attack — a mini stroke))
  • Anywhere else in your body (including ischemic bowel disease — lack of blood flow in your intestines)

Imitrex is not recommended for you if you:

  • Currently take an MAO-A inhibitor (a type of antidepressant such as Nardil) or have used one within the last 2 weeks.
  • Have taken another migraine medicine containing ergotamine, an ergot-type medicine, or another 5-HT1agonist (such as Cafergot) within the last 24 hours
  • Have severe liver damage

The safety and effectiveness of Imitrex tablets in patients under 18 years of age have not been established. Therefore, Imitrex tablets are not recommended for use in patients under 18 years of age.

Imitrex is not recommended for elderly patients.

This is due to the fact that elderly patients are more likely to have:

  • Decreased liver function
  • Higher risk for heart disease
  • Higher blood pressure


Imitrex and Drug Abuse and Dependence

In 1 clinical trial, Imitrex was not proven to lead to dependence on the drug or abuse of the drug.


Imitrex and Alcohol

Limited information indicates that consuming alcohol within 30 minutes of using Imitrex does not affect how Imitrex works in the body.

Remember: Mixing alcohol and medicines puts you at risk for dangerous reactions. Protect yourself by avoiding alcohol if you are taking a medication and don’t know its effect. To learn more about a medicine and whether it will interact with alcohol, talk to your pharmacist or other health care provider.

Written & reviewed by: Lisa Erwin R.Ph. CGP | Last review date: Dec 2010. Click the References Link below for a complete list of references.