My Daughter Is 12 And The Doctor Just Prescribed Imitrex But Starting At The Highest Dose 100mg. Is This Safe Since My Mother Only Takes 25mg?

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My Daughter Is 12 And The Doctor Just Prescribed Imitrex But Starting At The Highest Dose 100mg. Is This Safe Since My Mother Only Takes 25mg?

My daughter has already taken zomig and maxalt with no success but now we are trying imitrex. In doing some research it says not recommend for children under 16 years of age. Should I be concerned? Please help I am very concerned with all the medication they keep giving her but want her to feel better too.

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Tamara,

How are things going? If you're uncomfortable with the dosage of Imitrex, please discuss this with your daughter's doctor. Imitrex tablets should not be cut because they're made in a way that is supposed to help them work better and more quickly. Cutting them destroys that mechanism.

If you're still uncomfortable with it, you might want to discuss Axert with her doctor. It's the only triptan to be officially approved by the FDA for use under the age of 18. You can read more about it in Axert FDA Approved for Adolescents.

I'm not sure I understand the doctor saying he was prescribing Imitrex because your daughter gets so many Migraines. Use of triptans and other medications needs to be limited to no more than two or three days a week to avoid medication overuse headache. You can read more about that in Medication Overuse Headache: When the Remedy Backfires.

Please keep us posted?

Teri