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Imigran Injections Discontinued?


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Hi Everyone, 

I get a cluster cycle once a year which lasts for about 4-8 weeks! I count myself lucky not to be chronic. Over the past 20 odd years, I have managed to get through these cycles with O2 as well as the odd Imigran Injection. These were especially helpful if I had to travel overseas. 

Now for the past two years, I have not been able to get any Imigran Injections in South-Africa. First I was told that the manufacturing was moved to a new plant which required new import permits into SA. The last communication I received from GSK (Glaxo Smith Klein) was the following: "Unfortunately GSK has discontinued the Imigran Injection. This discontinuation will affect not only South Africa but other countries as well."

Anyone aware of this or have any news on this? 

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...ask your pharmacist if they can get the Teva generic..

https://www.tevagenerics.com/product/sumatriptan-injection-usp-autoinjector

...if you are using the 6 pack vials their supply is sporadic vs the stat dose if available at all..

 

...as an alternative the 5 mg nasal spray Zomig formerly from Astra Zeneca...now Amneal worked as well for me with lesser side effects

https://zomig.com/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwtsv7BRCmARIsANu-CQcaW9Xpzm_hGTRHyo0ZTnAU2FsR35-Pg-Igc2wr2ZyEGVsiRDGUXZ4aAhhMEALw_wcB

best

jonathan

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And/or . . . see if you can get sumatriptan in vials, and syringes, so you can self-measure.  The 6mg in the autoinjector is way more than you need--2mg or 3mg is all that's needed.  There's also the 3mg Zembrace (in the US) injectable sumatriptan.

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Thanks, it seems as if the demand locally for even the generic is so low that it is just not viable for them to sell it in SA. I have been put in contact with a non-profit company that sources medicine on behalf of clients not commercially available. Will give them a go. I will forward them the suggestion given. Appreciate the advice. 

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