Posted by pinksharkmark (188.8.131.52) on December 09, 2000 at 14:15:49:
In Reply to: Simon, Mark, and Todd... posted by Luke on December 09, 2000 at 10:12:50:
Oxygen works as an abortive for many, too. Everyone who uses oxygen as an abortive knows that you must start inhaling at the VERY FIRST precursor sign to get the fastest results. For many folks, if they wake up with an 8 or 9 already fully established, the oxygen does no good whatsoever.
Same thing with Imitrex in tablet form. I am fortunate in that I get very clear warning signals about eight or ten minutes before the pain hits its peak. If I pop the pill RIGHT THEN, the pain will be completely gone thirty minutes later at the most, leaving me to deal with anywhere from ten to twenty minutes of pain.
Not every pill takes thirty to forty minutes to dissolve. Have you ever dropped an old-style Bayer's Aspirin (the uncoated kind) into a glass of water? Or even held one in your mouth for too long before washing it down? Those suckers crumble almost instantaneously... maybe thirty to 40 SECONDS, not minutes.
I always cut the pill in half before taking it. This exposes the soft, crumbly, inner white powder to the digestive juices immediately. The pink outer layer does nothing but hold the stuff together and slow the release into the bloodstream, so I have no idea why the instructions say not to crush or chew the tablet. I do know from experimentation that breaching that protective coating speeds things up by a good ten minutes.
It is true that even once a pill dissolves, it takes time to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Once again, that absorption time varies depending on the compound involved. Undoubtedly some do take up to forty minutes to get into the bloodstream, maybe even longer. On the other hand, some compounds are absorbed in a matter of minutes.
My personal experience and that of many others is that Imitrex is absorbed fairly rapidly. Certainly not as rapidly as the injectable form, but for those of us who have no medical insurance and must pay full pop for all our meds, injectors are not an option.
Bottom line is, the pills work. They will abort a CH. I wish they would do so as rapidly as the injectors, but... *helpless shrug*
Anyways.... my own psilocybin cultivation project is proceeding flawlessly so far. I should be in a position to harvest early in January. Then the whole Imitrex question will be irrelevant to me.
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