) is usually prescribed to combat migraine
headaches and associated symptoms, such as auras. When given by
injection, Imitrex is also effective against cluster headaches.
Imitrex is an abortive medication, meaning it does not prevent a
headache from occurring or reduce the frequency with which
headaches occur, but it will stop a headache in progress. Results
are best when the medication is taken at the earliest signs of a
Imitrex was the first medication available for migraine management
in the triptan class of drugs. Since its appearance in the early
1990s, it has become one of the most frequently prescribed abortive
migraine treatments in the world.
What Are Imitrex ODT Tablets?
In medicine, ODT stands for Orally Dissolving Tablet
some parts of the world the term FDT, or Fast Dissolving
, is more commonly used.
Imitrex ODT Tablets are essentially the same as regular Imitrex Tablets
as far as
strength and medical effect, but instead of being swallowed Imitrex
ODT Tablets dissolve in the mouth. This method of delivery is
advantageous for patients in a number of scenarios:
- Patients with difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
- Patients unable to follow instructions
- Patients unable to consume solids
- Uncooperative Patients
- Patients with an aversion to pills
Imitrex ODT Tablets also begin working faster than regular tablets,
with effects felt in about 15 to 20 minutes, compared to about 30
minutes for regular tablets.
Taking Imitrex ODT Tablets:
Like other forms of Imitrex, Imitrex ODT Tablets are taken as
needed at the earliest symptoms of a migraine. If unable to take at
the start of a headache, Imitrex will still help mitigate headache
pain at later stages.
This medication may be taken with or without food.
ODT Tablets are available in a variety of strengths, from 25 mg to
100 mg. If a smaller dose is only partially effective, additional
doses may be taken as long as the amount does not exceed 200 mg in
a 24 hour period. Additional doses should be taken at least 2 hours
after the previous dose.
Other migraine medications, including other forms of Imitrex,
should be avoided while taking Imitrex ODT Tablets unless
instructed otherwise by a physician.
Imitrex ODT Tablets are effective only against migraine headaches
and will have no effect on other types of headaches. For cluster
headaches, see Imitrex
or Imitrex Nasal
Active ingredient: sumatriptan
Inactive ingredients: sodium bicarbonate, calcium hydrogen
phosphate anhydrous, croscarmellose sodium, microcrystalline
cellulose, magnesium stearate
Like all prescription and non-prescription medications, Imitrex ODT
Tablets carry some risk of side effects and drug interactions.
Patients should read the insert included with the medication in
entirety prior to consumption.
Imitrex is a well-tested medication and most reported side effects
- Flushing or feeling warm
- Mild dizziness or lightheadedness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Muscle cramps
Rarely Imitrex produces more severe side effects, which should be
immediately be brought to the attention of physician:
- Pain, tightness, or heaviness in chest or throat
- Rapid heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing or wheezing
- Rash, hives, or swelling (allergic reaction)
Imitrex is known to interact with certain other prescription
medications. The physician prescribing Imitrex should be made aware
of all other medications being taken.
Patients with certain medical conditions are poor candidates for
Imitrex. The risk of severe side effects is greater in patients
- Poor blood circulation
- Coronary heart disease or angina
- High blood pressure
- Liver disease
- Ischemic bowel disease
- Unusual, or unusually severe, headaches
Patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure should not take
Use of Imitrex during pregnancy, if trying to become pregnant, or
if breast feeding should be avoided unless explicitly instructed
otherwise by a physician.
Imitrex ODT tablets are an ideal solution for fast and effective
migraine management in patients who have difficulty with or an
aversion to consuming traditional pills.