05/21/07 #7 - Long-term, nearly daily use of Imitrex?

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    I've been getting migraines for the last 20 years. I'm 48 now. I have been taking Imitrex for the last few years and it works well but currently I'm almost taking 1 pill every day. Is there a long term problem with taking about 20 pills a month? Mike.



    Dear Mike;

    I don’t know of any studies that show organ damage or that kind of problem with long-term use of Imitrex, BUT there are studies showing that Imitrex can cause rebound headaches. It is generally recommended that it not be taken more than two or three days per week. Please discuss this with your doctor. If you are rebounding from Imitrex, you’ll need to get out of the rebound cycle before you get much relief from any medication.  You can find more information about rebound in the article, Medication Overuse Headache: When the Remedy Backfires.

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Published On: May 20, 2007