Use of Imitrex with previous sulfa drug allergy-anyone?

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Posted by Dan C. ( on April 17, 2001 at 13:32:30:

Dear Friends- My what an "interesting," challenging (actually terrible- I'm just trying to sound positive) past week I've had. Yesterday- I phoned my doctor in the morning, and asked if I could pleeeeease try Imitrex for my CH's.. His nurse said she would phone in a prescription to my ususal pharmacy. I could hardly wait to get there after work to pick them up. However, when I arrived- the pharmacist said that the computer had "flagged" the new prescription. Apparently, when I first went to the pharmacy, years ago, I filled out a questionaire that asked if I had any drug allergies. Many years ago, I was told I had an allergic reaction to a "sulfa" drug. (I think it was Bactrim?) Anyway, the pharmacist said that the computer showed that Imitrex has some relation to the sulfa family or medications? That sounds pretty strange to me- The pharmacist had called the Dr.'s office back, and they had now switched the prescription to Zomig. She said, "Oh, it's just as good- and newer." I was disappointed. Well, I tried the Zomig last night- and had a night from hell. What happened was- first of all, my headache went from its usual site- my right forehead- to my left side. It didn't hurt on the left side in the same way that my right side usually does. Very strange... Then I noticed that I was feeling very warm and broke out in a sweat. I felt just plain miserable. I still ended up keeping an ice pack on my forehead all night long. Obviously, I decided against takind the optional 2nd pill later. Today, "The Shadow" is now back in its usual place- my right side- and the ha is on its way. Has anyone here- that uses Imitrex- ever been told this "sulfa" information? Are any of you using Imitrex- that have ever had a reaction to sulfa drugs, previously? I'd really like to know- as I feel that the Imitrex is what I need. And- by the way, I did actually receive an Imitrex injection a year ago at the doctor's office- and lived! So, there! I recall thinking at that time that it did help, somewhat. (I probably needed the 2nd dose later.) Can anyone give any feedback or insight? Thanks!

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