6/9/08 #9 - Can you inject Migraine abortive nasal spray?

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    Can you inject the nasal spray with a syringe and needle or even through an IV?

    The spray is so harsh to my throat. I would rather give myself a shot of this stuff than sniff it.

    Thanks or any input, William.




    Dear William;


    You didn't specify what medication. Since you tagged your question "Migraine Abortives," it must be Zomig Nasal Spray, Imitrex Nasal Spray, or Migranal Nasal Spray. Whichever it is, the answer is no. Nasal sprays are specifically formulated for nasal delivery and should not be injected.


    If you want to try injectable abortives, ask your doctor about Imitrex Nasal spray if you're using Imitrex or Zomig Nasal Spray. If you're using Migranal Nasal Spray, ask about DHE 45 injections. That's the same medication as Migranal, in nasal spray form. These would be injected under the skin. You should never attempt IV injections yourself.

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Published On: June 07, 2008