Imitrex and Heart Problems
Recommendations for Imitrex and Heart ProblemsPeople with certain heart problems should not take Imitrex. This includes people with:
- Coronary heart disease (more commonly referred to as just heart disease)
- Stable angina
- Unstable angina
- Variant angina (also known as Prinzmetal's angina).
People with a history of a heart attack, stroke, or transient ischemic attack (TIA or "mini-stroke") also should not take Imitrex.
People with possible risk factors for heart disease should use Imitrex with caution. In fact, you should be evaluated for heart disease before taking Imitrex if you have heart disease risk factors such as:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High cholesterol
- A family history of heart disease
- Being a man over the age of 40
Having gone through menopause.
If you have any of the risk factors for heart disease mentioned above, it is also strongly recommended that you take your first dose of Imitrex in your healthcare provider's office (so that he or she can monitor your heart).
Finally, anyone taking Imitrex should call his or her healthcare provider or 911 right away if any possible symptoms of a heart attack (such as chest pain, chest tightness, or shortness of breath) occur.