Top 75 Migraine and Headache Questions, #41

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    I’m 29 years old I have had migraine for 10 years. Now I'm pregnant and every day I have headache. I don’t know what I should do. My problem is, I worry about one Imitrex that I took at the begging of my pregnancy because I didn’t know that I'm pregnant. It was exactly one week before time of my period that I lost. Please let me know what will happen for my baby. Maryam.


    Dear Maryam;

    Each manufacturer has a pregnancy registry for their products and there is one for Imitrex. There has been no evidence, thus far, of any harmful effects on the baby with this or other triptans. That is the best information we have. On the other hand, there is evidence that taking Imitrex more frequently than two or three days a week can make your problem worse by causing headaches called rebound or medication overuse headaches. See:
    • Medication Overuse Headache: When the Remedy Backfires
      Unfortunately, it seems that any medication we take for headache or Migraine relief has the potential to cause medication overuse headache if used more than two or three days a week. We need to learn as much about it as possible. Let’s take a look at what causes it, how to avoid it, and other important issues.

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    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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Published On: April 08, 2007