A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Known as Imigran Nasal Spray in the UK
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Imitrex nasal spray should be used as soon as you experience the first sign of migraine as directed by your physician. Usually, spray 1 spray into one of your nostrils. Make sure that you avoid spraying it in your eyes.
Gently blow out your nose before using this medication. Keep your head straight and close one nostril by placing your index finger on one side of your nose. Now place the nozzle of Imitrex nasal spray in your other nostril and breathe in gently as you press the plunger.
Make sure that your head is leveled and remove the nozzle from your nose. Gently breathe in through your nose and out from your mouth for at least 10-20 seconds. Your nose may feel slightly wet inside, and you may find a slight taste after using this spray which is very normal.
If your headache is partly relieved, then you may use another dose of Imitrex nasal spray at least 2 hours after the first dose. If you do not notice any improvement in your symptoms, then do not take any more dose of this medication before having a conversation with your doctor.
The dosage advised to you depends on your medical condition and how you respond to treatment.
It includes a buffered solution which contains:
Let your doctor about the medical conditions in your family before using Imitrex nasal spray.
Also, let your physician know about the medical treatments and medicines you are using. This medication might increase your blood pressure so check your blood pressure regularly.
Some common side effects of Imitrex nasal spray are: