Generic Form of Migraine Abortive Imitrex Available By December 2008

Sumatriptan, the generic form of Imitrex, is scheduled to be available by the end of 2008. Although Imitrex is available as a tablet, nasal spray and injection, sumatriptan will only be available in tablets of 25, 50 or 100 mg. It will be distributed by Ranbaxy.

In the meantime, you can save on the pricey prescription by signing up for $25 off Imitrex coupons from GlaxoSmithKline. I was skeptical because your mailing address is required to receive the coupons. I signed up a couple years ago and it hasn’t been intrusive. Mailings are about four times a year and there’s no indication they’ve sold my address.

[via Dealing With Headaches]

40 Responses to “Generic Form of Migraine Abortive Imitrex Available By December 2008”

  1. Constance Reeder Says:

    How ironic that Imitrex is finally going generic. I have used it without problems for about 15 years. Now I have to swear off. I am one of the few, I hope, to get a naty bout of ischemic colitis. My docs are pretty sure it was due to the shot of Imitrex I gave myself a week prior to the onset of ischemic colitis, which is caused by a lack of blood flow when vessels get constricted. Imitrex is supposed to constrict blood vessels to the brain (and it did work this time), but in my case the constriction also hit my colon. Sure enough, IC is listed as a possible side effect on the packaging. Even if I’d been aware of the risk, I probably would have used the drug because it’s always worked so well and so quickly. But no more … too scary after 9 days in hospital. Just wanted to share this info so others can re-evaluate w/docs. I’m 50 years old, and age may be a factor. My symptoms were, in this order: heavy sweating, pain in lower left abdomin, diarrhea and vomiting. Stool had some blood in it, too, which is always a good time to get right to ER. Thanks for this site. Good luck to all.

  2. RGillis Says:

    Imitrex is now available in a new form, bundled with naproxen (Aleve). I am sure this is an attempt to keep some of the market share it does not want to lose to generic forms of the original Imitrex. However, naproxen, like other NSAIDS, actually perpetuate the migraine syndrome. So to my mind it’s a less effective form of the drug than the original formulation.

  3. Mac Smith Says:

    Has anyone heard lately about an update on this generic becoming available? I must pay full price for Imitrex (less any coupons I may have) because my insurance will not pay any co-pay due to my migraines being a “pre-existing condition”.

    It is not available yet. I think it is still expected to be released by the end of the year, but am not sure. I’ll do some research.


  4. Keith Says:

    I am looking for a prophylactic that best wards off migraines. I get about two migraines a week. I have been told about a mild antidepressant you take daily and wanted to see if your site visitors had any experience or opinions about this or any other option. I am a 45 year old male and have had migraines for the past 16 years. Imitrex has been a life saver but it is way too expensive since my insurance company increased my copay to $60 and dropped the script to 4 at a time. Please let me know. Thanks

  5. judie schwartz Says:

    Where can I get the discount coupons for imitrex tablets that is mentioned above. I go to the GSK website but can’t fine them. Help!

    There’s a link on the main page of the Imitrex site that says “Enroll in Our Migraine Care Program.” You’ll have to sign up for mailings, which will include the coupons. I think the send out letters four times a year — not too intrusive.

    Take care,

  6. Heather Says:

    Keith- I am 30 and have had migraine for the past 19 years. I’ve tried a number of preventative meds including beta blockers, anti-depressants and anti-epileptics, which I am almost weaned off of now. I have been working for the past year and a half to get off the drugs, and have been seeing a naturopath. She’s had me on a slew of natural supplements and an anti-inflammatory diet. It’s the only thing that’s really worked for me. There are always side effects with the drugs, and I feel that despite being difficult to follow, the diet really works. Another thing that’s really helped has been craniosacral therapy – which you can see a therapist for, or now you can get the same effects from using a device called the DaVinci Tool (or a stillpoint inducer) at home. It’s helped with all of my tension and migraine headaches so far – I haven’t taken acute migraine meds in over a month. Good luck!

  7. Jen Says:

    Dr Reddy’s will be the first to launch generic Imitrex in Nov. followed by Mylan (I believe) in Jan. GSK will also release an authorized generic in Jan and then it will be multi-sourced (aka really cheap) in Feb when the patent actually expires. Hope that helps!

  8. Lia Says:

    Hey Keith, as far as your prophylactic goes. I work in a pharmacy and have migraines myself (it’s genetic in my family) I take Topamax (anti-convulsant) as a prophylactic, it works wonders for me. I also know that Inderal (propranolol) it’s a Blood Pressure med, works well as does Nortriptyline (that’s a tricyclic antidepressant) Migraines cause an imbalance in serotonin levels and the nortriptyline helps balance them. That’s about all the info I can give ya. Hope it helps 🙂

  9. Ann Marie Says:

    There seems to be several companies that are going to be making generic imitrex according to your and your readers. Where is this information coming from? I am on Medicare and soon have to decide on the drug program I will be on(by Dec 31).
    The way their formulas work it is important to know what the drug costs are. Also they are talking on their website about limiting imitrex 100mg to 4 a month, was 18. Some of the providers won’t even cover it for 09, so it seems that the information has not reached medicare. Is there any official document from the drug companies saying this generic will happen? Is it true that Great Britian is already selling the generic under the name Inagram?

    One company (Par Pharmaceuticals) supposedly started shipping the injections earlier this month. I recommend calling some pharmacies to see if they carry it. I don’t know when the tablets will be available. I’ll keep an eye out.


  10. Stephani Says:

    I use topomax, it will soon be generic. Worked wonders, life saver in fact. But then my sinus problems got worse so I had surgery, then almost no migraines ever.

    Ann Marie, I think Canada has generic Imitrex, they do have generic Topomax.

  11. Linda Says:

    I saw the following today: “November 24, 2008, Hyderabad : Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories (NYSE:RDY) today announced that it has launched the authorized generic version of GlaxoSmithKline’s Imitrex® (sumatriptan succinate) tablets 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg in the United States. Dr. Reddy’s is the first company to launch an authorized generic version of Imitrex® tablets in the US market.” So where and how do you think we go about getting the generic form? I only have 2 pills left and I don’t want to refill if the generic will be available soon!

  12. Ann Marie Says:

    My Oregon pharmacy has generic shots made by Par but no pills so far. This is the quoted price off the shelf for the sumatriptan refill 6 mg.
    $174.99 vs $216.99 for the Imitrex 6 mg refill.
    Has anyone tried this? Sometimes generics aren’t really the same as the real thing. I have noticed this with Celexa generic. There are three that I know of and Dr. Reddy’s is the worst. I’ll check with my Dr. friend in Cananda and see if the pills are available there yet.

  13. Joe P. Says:

    Can anyone tell me more about the generic 6 mg injectable Imitrex? I’ve only gotten real and immediate migraine relief with the injections. The tablets are slow to act and sometimes not totally effective. I also have severe nausea and vomiting with my migraines, so oral medications usually aren’t an option.

    Also, I’ve had an on again, off again back problem for about 9 yrs. (I’m 56 YOA) When the problem flares up, I take massive doses of NSAIDs ( OTC ibuprofen and Rx meloxicam). This takes a toll on my stomach but while taking large doses of NSAIDs I don’t get migraines, period! I mentioned this to a neurologist several years ago and and he sort of blew me off. Has anyone else gotten prophylactic migraine relief with NSAIDs? I must stress that NSAIDs and other OTCs have absolutely no effect on a migraine in progress.

  14. Polly Says:

    I just bought a new prescription in NYC and they had the generic pills 100mg and it’s made by GlaxoSmithKline! Same company that makes Imitrex. I’m trying it tonight for the first time. It usually costs $263 for 9 pills and this generic cost me $203. A small saving, but I appreciate it nevertheless. Hope they work just as well, the only difference seems to be the packaging, and my pharmacist researched it and said it’s exactly the same thing as the normal Imitrex.

  15. David Says:

    Keith, Inderal works well at keeping migraines at bay for me. I take it for hypertension and the maintenance for migraines is a bonus. They are fewer and less intense. The libido suffers greatly, though. (a side effect of Inderal)

  16. Tammie Mason Says:

    I JUST PICKED UP MY GENERIC IMITREX!!!!! i went to pick up my normally $200 script of 9 pills, and instead they only charged me $15!!! it is 50 mg tabs by Dr. Reddy. I am so relieved! enjoy everyone and get your pills asap!!!!

    ps i will let you know if they aren’t as good as the brand imitrex, but i’ m sure they will be fine. i have never had a prob. with generics.

  17. Lisa Says:

    Generic Imitrex pills are now available — the pharmacist told me yesterday, and will have them for me today….

  18. Rick Says:

    I purchase generic Imitrex (gen-sumatriptan) from Canada – cost from Jan Pharmacy is $9.17 per tablet (purhcased in quantities of 12) plus shipping. Prescription required, which I faxed to them. Have ordered several times and never had a problem. This is an excellent low cost solution until generic becomes available in the US.

  19. Rick Says:

    Further to my last email, RE generic Imitrex, I purchase the 100mg dosage. Medication is made in Canada and I do not notice any difference between it and US manufactured Imitrex. Jan pharmacy website is The low-cost generic version is listed as “Co-sumatriptan” with a Canadian flag (to note country of manufature) on their website. This medication as also available from other Canadian pharmacies, so shop around on line, and good luck from a chronic migraine sufferer.

  20. Krissy Lindbaek Says:

    I picked up my prescription for Imitrex today – 9 tablets of 100MG and they were made by Dr. Reddy. My co-pay with IMitrex previously was $35. My copay for Dr. Reddy was $40 for 9 tablets? Go figure -it went up $5? I guess we won’t really se a price drop until Feb 09.

  21. Katie Wilson Says:

    I just got the generic form of Imitrex last week. It is by Dr. Reddy and I got it filled at Walgreen’s.

  22. Ronda Grata Says:

    I have been getting my generic imitrex from England. Even with the shipping charges, the cost of the tablet runs about $1.00 each. I have also been ordering 30 tablets at a time. It only takes about 10 days to receive my prescription, and I have found that the quality of the tablet is comparable to the name brand. The website is You do need a doctor’s prescription to get this filled.

  23. Lisa T Says:

    Keith – Another prophylactic for people with frequent migraines is blood pressure meds, esp. beta blockers. My doctor has recommended I try them but I don’t like the idea of taking a chronic med for an acute condition and my migraines respond really well to Imitrext. But if you want to try something preventative, my dr. has suggested this.

  24. Jean P Says:

    I called Walmart today to refill my prescription for Imitrex. After asking how much it would be they said it went generic and the cost is $5. Crazy good for me as the last prescription cost me $90! Thank goodness for generics, I hope it works as well!

  25. Terri Says:

    I have been taking Imitrex for years and was paying $140 for 9 pills. I went to pick up the new generic prescription at Target yesterday and the cost was going to be $161??? Why is the generic more than the brand name? Then I asked them to check the Imitrex price and it actually went up when the patent ran out and instead of going down in price. Help – I have a migrain today, Christmas day, and don’t have any pills – can anyone tell me what’s going on and when I should get my next prescription filled. I don’t have a prescription card and want to it as economically as possible but am not comfortable with sending away for the medicine in Canada.

  26. stewart kiritz Says:

    Par Pharmaceuticals seems to be charging almost as much for the generic as Glaxo charges for the proprietary! I sincerely hope this will come down, because the difference between $85 per shot and $100 per shot is not going to improve things for most of us. If you look hard on the internet you can find Glaxo imitrex shots for significantly less anyway.

  27. Michelle Says:

    The savings coupons for Imitrex are no longer available. I’ve been using Imitrex since it first came out, and they stopped sending me coupons about a year ago — probably because the generic was on the way.

  28. Michelle Says:

    From the Imitrex site:

    “While savings offers for IMITREX are no longer available, you may still join the MigraineCare Program to receive future savings offers from the maker of IMITREX. You’ll also receive the latest information about treating and managing migraines from the migraine experts at GlaxoSmithKline.”

  29. joann Says:

    i have taken imitrex for years and it has always worked great for me. i also take pamelor everyday as a preventative. i just picked up my rx last night and noticed that i now have the generic imitrex. i woke up this morning at 5:30 with a migraine so i took one of the generics…within 20min i was in such severe pain i was in tears! i had to call the pharmacy to ask them if “dr. reddy’s” was supposed to be the same as imitrex? he told me the active ingredient was the same. of course now i am scared to death to take another generic! has anyone else had negative reaction from the generic?

  30. Kelly R Says:

    When a company gets the rights to market a generic version they have a lock on the higher price for 90 days and as single provder, its a built in to help cover their costs for bringing the drug to the market. A majority is spent in litigation. After the “closed” period to competion that is when you see things come down significantly.

  31. Roger M. Moery Says:

    You should try purchasing via internet in the U.K. where Imitrex ( Imigran) is sold OTC- it’s made by GSK- cost is about $5 per dose- I use Pharmacy2U

  32. Juli Says:

    Just refilled my prescr yesterday and got 4 tabs. Still a $50 copay, and the price is higher than what I was paying before. Unbelievable.

    I am going to shop around for my next refill!

  33. alex Says:

    I had no idea Imitrex was going generic when I picked up my prescription from Walgreens a few weeks ago. I was shocked and terrified. My copay was always something like $25 for the wonderdrug so you can imagine my terror when some crappy, new generic came out. And rightly so. I have never had to take more than 1 100mg Imi to get rid of a migraine within an hour or two- I’ve used the Dr. Reddy’s generic just twice and both times was in bed almost all day and taken two pills to get rid of the it all and avoid a trip to the ER. IT IS NOT AS GOOD! I just got off the phone with my pharmacist and he insisted the only differences were the binding agents and coloring. What is wrong with me? With the drug? Has anyone else had the same issues???

  34. chris Says:

    There have only been a couple of things that stopped a migraine for me besides prescription drugs.My roommate bought some headon it burned his head and he gave it to me.I used it and it felt like icy hot.It will get rid of a migraine with a little burning.I can deal with that for to get rid of a migraine.Too explain how bad my headaches have been.i once open a zomig in the back seat of my sisters new car and if went between the seats.i could not get to it so if ripped her seat out for it.She understood later.

  35. Jennifer Says:

    My insurance company stopped covering my Imitrex last year. I go through a package of 9 100 mg pills per month. I often have to take 2-3 pills to squash a migraine, but it’s the same for any migraine drug I have tried. Instead of paying full price of $216, I had my doctor do an override. If your insurance company is declining your claims for any drug, call the doctor and see if the can fax over an override!! Don’t just give up at the pharmacy counter.

    I was paying a $20 copay for the regular Imitrex, so you can imagine my shock when my husband paid only $5 for my refill yesterday. I thought he’d filled the wrong scrip. To my surprise, it was generic Imitrex. And you know, it works about the same for me as the brand name. It mostly made a migraine go away yesterday, but it’s creeping back this morning. But this is par for the course for me.

    I have tried samples of the new drug that is Imitrex+naproxen (I forget the name already), and it really does work for me like a charm. However, it is even more expensive than the Imitrex, so I’m happy enough just taking an Aleve or two with my Imitrex.

  36. JC Says:

    I’ve been getting generic sumatriptan from Canada for several years now. I’ve tried a lot of different generics and have found that they all are effective in getting rid of my migraines(they have the same main ingredient) but they differ on how long they take effect, so I think there is a difference on their delivery mechanism(whatever that’s called in chemist’s lingo). For example I found gen-sumatriptan reacts relatively fast while co-sumatriptan takes longer until it relieves my migraine.

  37. brenda Says:

    Keith, I have been on an anti-depressant (Cymbalta) for over 2 years now and have found some relief with it. However, it is not a cure by no means. I suffer about 15 migraines a month and basically survive on Imitrex and Maxalt. Topamax just about killed me with side effects but Cymbalta really does help me some. I can only get it prescribed by my neurologist.

  38. Nancy Says:

    I went to walmart today to check on the generic and the costs. They told me $200.!! I read on this site that someone paid $5. How did they do that??
    I might try one of the Canada ones that i saw on here. thank you to the ones that actually gave the website.

  39. Indy Says:

    As most of you, I was excited when I got my Dr. Reddy’s generic Imitrex. My copay was half of what I pay for the brand name.

    But, like some of you have already discovered, it doesn’t work nearly as well as Imitrex:( I’ve taken 3 doses in the past 28 hours or so. Slight relief, but not total relief and the migraine pain comes back. So disappointing.

  40. robin Says:

    I get 4-8 migraines a month. I take the Imitrex tablets. Several months ago I started taking 600 mg. of magnesium citrate, which is the most bioavailable form of magnesium. After about 2 months my migraines began to lessen in their severity. I still get them, however, now I only taken my meds for 1 in 4 migraines.

    The magnesium really seems to work. From what I have read over 85% of the population is magnesium deficient so it will serve a dual purpose.

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