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Posted by Mark Wentworth ( on August 11, 2001 at 10:17:24:

In Reply to: My First Post (Is Imitrex a good thing?) posted by Dustin on August 10, 2001 at 22:36:27:

Hi Dustin,
I'm new here too, but have had Clusters (episodic) for 20 some-odd years. Did the DR. prescribe anything as a preventative measure...or just give you some Imitrex? It would be better to try to find something that works to prevent them from coming. Not an easy task. I'm still searching!
When Imitrex first came out, I was prescribed the injections. The first time I used it (I am such a wimp that I needed my wife to "push the trigger" for me), I felt a hot sensation going right up my spine, into my head and WHAM!! the headach was gone! It was the happiest day of my life, but not for long. I was uncomfortable using the needle twice a day, so I would pick which CH I would ride out, and which to inject. I usually would inject on the CH that came in the wee hours so I could go back to sleep. I then tried the pills, but they took half to one hour to kick in. Then I tried (and still have) the nasal shooters. If I take it right when I feel it coming on (Shadow?) It keeps the pain level down, and usually the headach goes away in 15-45 minutes. Last night it was 22 minutes. I try to use them sparingly because of a limit the insurance companies put on quantity per month. HOWEVER, my doctor has written letters to the insurers to get a waiver. It depends on your insurance company.

Getting them at work sucks. The powers that be know I get them, and I warn that If I do get one, I will not be seen for the duration. I always always always have a dose of imitrex wherever I go.

I'm sorry to hear you are getting them. I would trade a broken leg for them anytime.

Good Luck!

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