Medication information

Imitrex Nasal 5mg nasal spray

This medication is typically used to relieve migraines. Its effects can be felt within a few minutes.


IMPORTANT: Each bottle contains only a single dose. Do not waste any of the product by spraying it in the air as a test.

This product must be used in one nostril only. To use:

  • if necessary, blow your nose gently before using the medication;
  • block one nostril, breathe out gently through your mouth and place the tip of the nasal spray in the other nostril;
  • keep your head upright and close your mouth - do not tilt your head or lie down;
  • spray the medication in one nostril and breathe in gently - do not sniff deeply;
  • keep your head upright for a few seconds and breathe in gently through your nose and out through your mouth.

Generally, this medication is used only as needed. Important: Follow the instructions on the label. Do not use more of this product, or more often, than prescribed.

Side effects

In addition to its desired action, this medication may cause some side effects, notably:

  • it may cause dizziness - use caution when getting up from a lying or sitting position and use caution if driving;
  • it may leave an unpleasant taste in the mouth;
  • it may cause nausea or, rarely, vomiting;
  • it may cause nasal irritation.

Each person may react differently to a treatment. If you think this medication may be causing side effects (including those described here, or others), talk to your health care professional. He or she can help you to determine whether or not the medication is the source of the problem.


As with most medications, this product should be stored at room temperature. Store it in a secure location where it will not be exposed to excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed of safely.

Additional Information

This medication may interact with other medications or supplements, sometimes significantly. Many interactions, however, may be dealt with by a dosage adjustment or a change in medication schedule. Check with your pharmacist before using this medication in combination with any other medications (including non-prescription products), vitamins or natural products.

General notes

When meeting with any health professional, it is important for you to share the following information:

  • Your medical history and allergies (medication, food, or other);
  • If you're pregnant or want to become pregnant, or if you're breastfeeding;
  • If you use tobacco or cannabis or its derivatives, or if you use recreational drugs;
  • The names of all the medications you take, whether you take them regularly or once in a while, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and natural health products.

It is also strongly recommended that you keep an up-to-date list of all the medications you take and carry it with you at all times. This could be useful if you have to see a health professional or need emergency care.

Keep all your medications out of the reach of children and pets and return any unused or expired medications to the pharmacy for proper disposal.