here is some interesting info...

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Posted by melissa ( on December 08, 2000 at 10:23:00:

In Reply to: re: posted by melissa on December 08, 2000 at 09:21:44:

it's about Imitrex, gives an example of what we are talking about.

The link to the site is below...


When you are prescribed IMITREX, you are getting, or will get, a medicine specifically designed to relieve all of the multiple symptoms associated with migraine including:
Painful, throbbing headaches
Nausea or
Sensitivity to light and sounds

IMITREX was created by Glaxo Wellcome specifically to treat migraines.

Some medications may just dull pain. IMITREX is believed to target the nerves and blood vessels that can trigger the throbbing pain, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound. Of course, IMITREX works anytime during a migraine. But when taken at the beginning of a migraine attack, it may be more effective without causing drowsiness.

IMITREX is the only migraine medication in its class available in three forms (Tablet, Nasal Spray, and Injection) to suit your individual needs, as well as different migraine attacks. So, if your doctor agrees that IMITREX is right for you, there is a choice of how to take your medicine for nearly every situation. If nausea makes swallowing a Tablet difficult, for example, you may find the Nasal Spray easier. And since IMITREX is not an addictive narcotic or barbiturate, your migraine pain can be relieved while you remain active, alert, and in control. That’s the way to get back to your life.

IMITREX Nasal Spray
IMITREX Injection

Only Your Doctor Can Diagnose Migraine. Tell your doctor all the symptoms you’ve experienced. These may include any of the following -- throbbing pain, pain on one side of the head, pain that disrupts normal activity, pain that's aggravated by activity, nausea with or without vomiting, and/or sensitivity to light or sound.

Only your Doctor can decide if IMITREX is right for you

IMITREX is for the acute treatment of migraine attacks, with or without aura, in adults. It is a prescription medicine that is available only through your doctor. Talk to your doctor or healthcare professional to see if IMITREX is right for you.

Here are some important considerations you and your doctor should discuss before you take IMITREX. You should not take IMITREX if you have certain types of heart disease, a history of stroke or transient ischemic attacks, peripheral vascular disease, Raynaud’s syndrome, blood pressure that is uncontrolled, or are allergic to this medication. If you have risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or are a smoker, you should be evaluated by your doctor before taking IMITREX. Very rarely, certain people, even some without heart disease, have had serious heart-related problems when taking IMITREX.

If you are currently taking other medications, particularly MAO inhibitors and ergotamines, or other migraine medications, or if you are pregnant, nursing, or thinking about becoming pregnant, you should talk to your doctor. If the headaches you are suffering from are not migraines, IMITREX is not for you.

For more information, go to the The Migraine Resource Library.

*Based on Scott-Levin data for prescription drugs from April 1999 through March 2000.

Understanding Migraine • Talking to Your Doctor
IMITREX: Multisymptom Relief • The Migraine Resource Library • Online Resources

Please see Important Information for IMITREX® (sumatriptan succinate) Tablets.
Please see Important Information for IMITREX® (sumatriptan succinate) Injection.
Please see Important Information for IMITREX® (sumatriptan) Nasal Spray.

Complete Prescribing Information for IMITREX® (sumatriptan succinate) (sumatriptan)

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