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Posted by Brian K ( on February 19, 2001 at 15:01:34:

In Reply to: Imitrex posted by Cindy on February 19, 2001 at 11:28:36:

As a CH sufferer I have used my share of Imitrex. Mostly the injections. I have exceeded the 2 recommended injections in a 24 hour period. In fact during one cycle I went through over 50 injections in 2 weeks. I never had a "rebound" from the imitrex and it has always aborted my ch within 5-10 minutes. I tried the nasal spray and it worked but took around 20-25 minutes, way to long. In my opinion the pills are just not a good abortive for CH as they take to long to get into your system and take effect. How do you know if it is the pill or just the beast leaving on it's own. With the injections you can feel it working almost instantly with total relief in 5-10 minutes and very minor side effects (tightness in chest and a burning sensation all over)that go away about 5-10 minutes after the ch is aborted. Additionally, I hope you are seeking a preventative med like Verapamil or Lithium both of which seem to have positive results keeping these attacks away. I have been on 240 mg of verapamil a day for 4 years and it has definitely cut down the number of episodes per year, as well as the number of ch during an episode. Good luck to you...PFDAN

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