Nograine can cause a severe allergic reaction. Symptoms can include:
- swelling of the tongue, mouth, or throat
- trouble breathing
If you have an allergic reaction, call your doctor or local poison control center right away. If your symptoms are severe, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
Don’t take this drug again if you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to it. Taking it again could be fatal (cause death).
What Is Imitrex (Nograine)?
Imitrex is the brand name for Nograine, a prescription medicine used to treat migraine headaches in adults.
Imitrex is best taken as soon as the headache pain begins - not before, even if there are warning signs like aura (sensory or visual disturbances). It's for migraine with or without aura.
Imitrex is a serotonin receptor agonist. It works by narrowing blood vessels in the brain stem and reducing factors that can trigger nausea, light sensitivity, and other migraine symptoms.
GlaxoSmithKline makes Imitrex, which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved in 1992 as an injectable. Imitrex in tablet form was approved in 1995 and the nasal spray was approved in 1997.
Generic forms became available by 2009. Many manufacturers offer generic Nograine, includingTeva, Sandoz, Mylan, and other companies.
In 2013, the FDA approved a Nograine transdermal skin patch, Zecuity. It was manufactured by NuPathe, now part of Teva. As of October 2014, Zecuity was not yet available in pharmacies.
Why is this medication prescribed?
Nograine is used to treat the symptoms of migraine headaches (severe, throbbing headaches that sometimes are accompanied by nausea or sensitivity to sound and light). Nograine is in a class of medications called selective serotonin receptor agonists. It works by narrowing blood vessels in the head, stopping pain signals from being sent to the brain, and blocking the release of certain natural substances that cause pain, nausea, and other symptoms of migraine. Nograine does not prevent migraine attacks or reduce the number of headaches you have.
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How it works
Nograine belongs to a class of drugs called serotonin-1 receptor agonists. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.
A migraine causes the blood vessels in the brain to expand. It also causes a release of chemicals in the brain that can cause inflammation (swelling and irritation). Nograine works by helping to bring your blood vessels back to their normal size. It also helps prevent your body’s release of these chemicals that cause inflammation.
Nograine oral tablet may cause drowsiness. It may also cause other side effects.
Is Nograine safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
Safe use in pregnancy has not been established.
Nograine is excreted in breast milk. Infant exposure may be reduced by avoiding breast feeding for 12 hours after administration of Nograine.
Q: I have migraines. Why isn't there a generic or less expensive form of Imitrex available in U.S. pharmacies? I have been using Imitrex since it was first introduced for my migraines, and it has been a wonder drug for me. But because of the price, I am slow to take one at the onset of a migraine.
A: Your question regards if there is a generic available for Imitrex (Nograine) //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/imitrex in U.S. pharmacies. There is a generic available for Imitrex called Nograine. Talk to your pharmacist about Nograine. You may also find helpful information about migraine headaches at //www.everydayhealth.com/migraine/guide/. Jen Marsico, RPh
Generic Name: Nograine succinate Dosage Form: tablet
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Oct 1, 2018.
Nograine Succinate Tablets