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Old 12-30-2004, 04:20 PM   #1
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bad reaction to Imitrex injection ?

I am curious if anyone has had a bad reaction to an Imitrex or similar injection. I went to my doctor while suffering from a two day migraine. She gave me a shot of Imitrex and told me to lay down. (because it can lower your blood pressure). Almost immediately, I felt ten times WORSE. It started at the back of my head and tightened my chest, throat, and sinuses. I can never remember being in so much pain. I really thought they were going to have to rush me to the hospital. It was awful. They then gave me a shot of Toredol (spell?). It finally kicked in after an hour. The next day I got another headache and had what I can only describe as a "chemical hangover". I took Zomig that next day and I had a similar reaction, but less severe. Does anybody know what/why this happened?

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Old 12-31-2004, 08:07 AM   #2
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Re: bad reaction to Imitrex injection ?

The reason most Dr's want you to have your first shot of Imitrex in office is because for many it make the ha "10 times" worse for the first 30-60 minutes. I was one of the people who went on the shots as soon as they were available to the general public many years ago. Within 20 minutes of the shot I would get a hot feeling in my head, ears and my throat felt like I had Strep or something it was so sore, hard to swallow too, nausea went through the roof :0. I also thought my head was going to split down the middle from the pain. I curled into a fetal ball on the Dr's table . Within and hour of the shot the ha was gone. I could function but was shaky and a bit queasy. I used the shots for 3 years cause it was the only thing available that would stop a migraine.

As for the day after effects--could it have been from the severity of the ha? I feel wobbly, tired and out of sorts for 24 hours after every bad migraine. It really is called a migraine hangover in some circles.

I have found Relpax in the last year. It is better for many than Imitrex -- less (much!) side effects. Zomig did not help me. I wish you luck.

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Old 01-01-2005, 09:52 PM   #3
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Re: bad reaction to Imitrex injection ?

I can't have Imitrex because I have an alergic reaction to it. It feels like I can't breath, like my throat is closing up. For now, I just take pain pills when it's really bad. And if I can catch my headache in time, Excerdian Migraine works wonders for me.

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