Dose of Imitrex injection for a 10 year old boy?

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    What is the dose of Imitrex injection for a 10 year old boy?


    A 10 year old boy has a history of severe migraine headaches, for about 3 years. He had to drop out of school due to excessive vomiting, and sleeplessness. His migraine headache is not responding to any conventional treatments such as NSAIDS, anti-depressants, etc. Can he get an injection of Imitrex? What would be the correct dose for him, and how to obtain Imitrex? Nighat.




    Dear Nighat;


    Injectable Imitrex is not approved for patients under the age of 18. Actually, no form of Imitrex is, but the lower dose Imitrex Nasal Spray (10 mg) has been tested in adolescents 10 - 17 years of age and is sometimes prescribed off-label.

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    Keep in mind that medications taken when he gets a Migraine, including triptans such as Imitrex, should not be used more than two or three days a week to avoid medication overuse headache (MOH), aka rebound. See Medication Overuse Headache - When the Remedy Backfires for more information. NSAIDs can also cause MOH.


    It sounds like time to take this young man to a specialist. There's a link below to our directory of patient recommended specialists.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert



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Published On: August 23, 2008