Writer’s note: Some of you have expressed an interest in learning more of the medical terminology that comes up when discussing migraine disease and other headache disorders. So, we’ll be posting a “term of the day,” on a regular basis.
When you’re given migraine and headache information, whether from your doctor, a book, or an online article, you’ll sometimes come across medical terms that can be confusing. While it’s easy enough to substitute another word or a short phrase for the medical term, there are times when substituting doesn’t quite convey the same meaning.
Intramuscular is one of those terms. We sometimes see it used when talking about migraine medications, so it’s an important term for patients with migraine to understand.
Definition/Description: Intramuscular means taking place within a muscle or administered into a muscle.
Here’s an example of how it’s used in a sentence: Some migraine rescue medications are administered via intramuscular injection. Although medications administered via intramuscular injection generally don’t act as quickly as those administered via IV (intravenous) injection, they do act more quickly and efficiently than orally-administered medications.
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Teri Robert is a leading patient educator and advocate and the author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches. A co-founder of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and the American Headache and Migraine Association, she received the National Headache Foundation’s Patient Partners Award and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Headache Society. Teri can be found on her website, and blog, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.