Imitrex Pens

  1. ok... here goes...
    1) do they still make them?
    2) what dose do they come in? is it just 6mg, or more or less/dose

    I suffer from hideous migraines.... to curb them I use injectable imitrex 6mg sq..... (I know, a pen, would make life easier, as I'm sure a good portion of yous know, its nearly impossible to draw up a drug let alone inject it with a rip roaring migraine)

    I find that the nose spray sets off my asthma.... wierd.... I know... but, 0 side effects from the injection....

    Thanks for any info
    --Barbara
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   qpooh75
    Yes they still make them and they are wonderful! I use it, but right now I don't remember what the dose is. Thanks for reminding me I need to get a refill on mine.

    Quincee
  4. by   2ndCareerRN
    There is an auto-injector pen. I can't get my wife to use it. After playing with one I am not sure I would either. It injects with a pretty good force.

    Imitrex also comes in a small prefilled syringe (6mg/0.5ml). I used to use them on my wife but quit because the needles seemed to be dull. Now we just get the vials and use a 26g needle for the injection.

    All of the injectable forms are 6mg/0.5ml.

    bob
  5. by   nowplayingEDRN
    I recieved a pre loaded pen from my doc when they had me try Imitrex injection (it was this incidence that showed me how deathly allergic to the injectable form of Imitrex I am). The pen looked like the ones used to prick a finger tip with a lancet....it was refillable. I would check with your doc. Do the Imitrex tablets work for you at all Barbara? I know they did for me for a while. There is also a new medication on the market called Frova. That works quite well, too. Only problem is that most insurances aren't covering it. Being a fellow migraine sufferer, I can truely empathize and feel your pain. PM or email me if you want to discuss more.

    Christie
  6. by   CashewLPN
    well.... I have very fast onset migraines... (either that, or... more accurately.. I tend to ignore the symptoms until super severe...)
    and, tend to be very nauseated when that ol head is throbing...
    hense, what goes down, soon comes up...
    imitrex is the only migraine med covered by my insurance plan...
    I usually just get the vials, but find it really difficult to draw up the med when I'm having a migraine...
    thanks!
    --Barbara
  7. by   nowplayingEDRN
    I would say that you are like me and ignore the symptoms until they can not be ignored any longer. I would check with your doc, Barbara, about getting the reloadable pens. Girl, I am so right there with you in the empathy department. Lawd knows when they get that bad....a person is totally sunk.
  8. by   pickledpepperRN
    My family practice physician suggested Imitrex tablets. I handled the syringes OK. Then the thing with springs and having to push the button replaced it. Maybe being a nurse the pain of a migraine was worse than the idea of a SQ injection.

    The 50mg tablet did nothing, 100mg works miracles (in 1 to 2 hours). I haven't called in sick in more than 3 years. Perhaps it is having passed through menopause?

    Now my MD has put me through test after test. I feel fine and am glad for a careful doctor (& no HMO) Still 3 cancer scares and negative biopsies & an ultrasound are nerve racking. My oncology nurse friends have helped me a lot. And I'M FINE! Had a basal cell carcinoma frozen off but otherwise 0.

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