Posted by Dave W (18.104.22.168) on November 04, 1999 at 09:10:28:
In Reply to: imitrex inhaler posted by Seth Kurtzberg on November 03, 1999 at 15:36:03:
My experience has been really great with the nasal sprays, relief in 8 to 10 minutes and it hasn't failed me yet.
There were a variety of responses a few months back on the board to this same question, and I managed to collar my doctor and the local Glaxo rep at lunch for a discussion. Their answer was a lot like hub's.
If you snort too hard, the medicine winds up dripping down your throat and into your stomach. Since it's a lower dose than the pills, it not only takes a long time to act, it might not work. Same thing happens if your nasal passages aren't clean and absorbent.
The trick is to squirt the stuff in with your head erect, and then inhale just enough to keep it from dripping back out. Keep this up for a full minute and you'll absorb the whole dose as long as your nasal membranes are clear and ready.
You'll still get the icky taste for a short while afterward, but I've gotten used to it. If it doesn't work, try the injections. They're more like a 5-minute fix and are more reliable, but they cost about $15 more each where I shop.
Good luck and PFD's!!
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