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Sumatriptan

INFORMATION

Uses

Sumatriptan is used in acute attack of migraine.

How it works

Migraine headaches are thought to result from the dilatation of blood vessels in the head. A Sumatriptan works by constricting (narrowing) these blood vessels, thus relieving the migraine headache.

Common side effects

Nausea, Numbness, Burning sensation, Throat tightness, Chest tightness, Disorientation (alteration of mental status), Dizziness, Drowsiness, Shortness of breath, Fatigue, Increased blood pressure, Muscle pain, Sensation of heaviness, Sensory distrubance, Tingling sensation, Sleepiness, Pricking sensation, Vomiting, Cold sensation, Warm sensation, Weakness

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Expert advice

  • To relieve migraine as soon as possible, take Sumatriptan as soon as the headache begins. 
  • Lying down in a quiet and dark room for a while after you use Sumatriptan may help to relieve the migraine. 
  • Take Sumatriptan only as prescribed by the doctor. Using too much Sumatriptan may increase the chances of side effects. 
  • Notify your doctor if your migraine headaches are occurring more often, than before you started using Sumatriptan.
  • Notify your doctor if you have used Sumatriptan for at least three consecutive months.
  • Avoid driving after taking <med_name > as it may cause drowsiness and dizziness. 
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    Avoid consuming alcohol when taking Sumatriptan, it can cause new and worse headaches.
     
     
     
     
     

Frequently asked questions

Sumatriptan

Q.Is sumatriptan safe/addictive/controlled substance?
Sumatriptan is relatively safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor. It is not addictive. It is not a controlled substance

Q.Is sumatriptan a blood thinner or beta blocker or anti-inflammatory/ NSAIDs?
No, sumatriptan is not a blood thinner or beta blocker or anti-inflammatory/NSAIDs

Q.Is sumatriptan useful for routine headache or sinus headache / tension headache/ hangover?
No, sumatriptan is not useful for routine headache or sinus headache or tension headache or hangover. It is used in the treatment of acute migraine attacks

Q.Is sumatriptan available over the counter?
No, sumatriptan is not available without a prescription

Q.Can I take sumatriptan with acetaminophen (paracetamol), aspirin, diclofenac, or penicillin?
Yes, you can take sumatriptan with acetaminophen (paracetamol), aspirin, diclofenac, or penicillin. Please follow the advice of the doctor regarding their simultaneous use

Q.Can I take Excedrin (acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine) with Imitrex (sumatriptan) for migraine?
There is no evidence of any interaction between Excedrin and Imitrex. But please follow the advice of the doctor regarding their simultaneous use

Q.Can I take sumatriptan with Advil (ibuprofen), Nyquil (, dextromethorphan, doxylamine, and pseudoephedrine), Tylenol (paracetamol), Sudafed (pseudoephedrine), or Vicodin (acetaminophen and hydrocodone)/ aspirin/ diclofenac/ penicillin?
Yes, you may take sumatriptan with Advil, Nyquil, Tylenol, Sudafed, Vicodin, aspirin, diclofenac, or penicillin. Please consult your doctor before use

Q.Does sumatriptan cause hair loss, weight gain, or joint pain, rebound headache?
Overdose of sumatriptan may cause hair loss, but it is not known to cause weight gain, or joint pain or rebound headache

Q.Does sumatriptan affect blood pressure?
Sumatriptan may cause transient increases in blood pressure especially in patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure. Consult your doctor before use

Q.Does sumatriptan affect birth control?
Sumatriptan is not reported to affect birth control. However, consult your doctor for use.


Content on this page was last updated on 05 December, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)