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I Need Your Help Please!

I’m almost 70yrs. I’ve been dealing with migraines for 50yrs. In 1993 I was working for a Dr. in FP. Our drug rep brought in a Imitrex Injectable for me and I knew I’d never with a migraine again, and I haven’t until the new container came out, actually it’s not the container, but the injector! In the 22 years that I’ve been using Imitrex Injectable, no problems. Then I went to try to figure out the new injection, in tears, I went to see if my 80 year old husband could help me out. It must have taken 15min, the needle was so much sharper, or pressed to hard, that it really smarted. Is the smaller container available? Has anyone else had a problem with the longer injector? We just switched from Walmart to Walgreens and I’m glad we did, but I’m wondering if this is a brand problem or if all of the Imitrex and Sumitriptan are in the longer injector. Somehow my husband got it to sort of work, then pulled it out because it startled the both of us.

I’ll be so appreciative to any of you that may have a suggestion so as to not ruin another injector.

Thanks to any of you that can share an answer. I feel so ridiculous.
P.S. I just want my Imitrex back!

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  • lifetimesufferer
    3 years ago

    I just started with the injections, your right it’s hard to get it out of the container and twist this way or that way and prematurely eject the medicine into the air. Or press to hard to the skin does sting and hurt sometimes long after the injection. I’m single and no one to administer the shot, so imagine having a severe migraine headache and trying to read small print on how to operate a plastic tube with a needless attached. I take immetrex pills and injections along with Zomig pills ,topomax pills, amytripaline pills. With no avail the ER for toradol-phenagrin-benadryl IV.

  • grandmadaleyx11 author
    3 years ago

    Thank you so much for your validation of my feelings. What I finally decided to do is to take it to the pharmacy and have the pharmacists show me how to use it most effectively. Since I’ve just had a migraine for 2 days and using the only thing I had was the 25mg Sumitripan, I needed something more. One, 25mg, was just not enough so I took 2, and that helped a great deal. I did find you can take up to a max of 100mg. Why don’t dr.s ask questions about the seriousness of your headaches? My wonderful physican here just moved from Ogden Regional to SLC, I was in tears when I found out such a wonderful Dr. would be leaving.

    In less than a month we’re moving to Santa Rosa CA and I chose initially a young female Dr., an Internist. I’m hoping after that initial visit I’ll have my questions answered.

    Thanks so much for your reply. It feels hopeful to know I know I’m not alone.

  • Joanna Bodner moderator
    3 years ago

    Grandmadaleyx11 –
    Thank you for reaching out. I am so terribly sorry to hear that you are having difficulty with the new injection. Unfortunately we are unable to provide medical & treatment advice for your safety. While you may receive feedback from the community, but have you by chance been able to phone the pharmacy or your doctor to see they could provide you with some guidance?

    -Joanna ( Team)

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