How does this medicine work? What are its effects ?
Sumatriptan belongs to the class of medications known as selective 5-hydroxytryptamine receptor agonists (also known as “triptans”). It is used to treat migraine with or without aura (one of the warning signs of a migraine). There is reason to believe that the pain that triggers a migraine is caused by the dilation of blood vessels in the head. Sumatriptan relieves migraine pain by constricting these blood vessels.
Sumatriptan is not indicated for the treatment of other types of headaches or for the prevention of headaches.
For most people, sumatriptan stops or alleviates migraine symptoms, including headaches, nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. Significant relief of migraine pain usually occurs about 10 to 15 minutes after injection, 15 minutes after nasal spray and 30 minutes after ingestion of oral tablets.
This medicine is available under various brand names or in different presentations. A specific brand of this medication may not be available in all forms or approved for all conditions mentioned here. In addition, some forms of this medicine may not be used against all conditions mentioned in this article.
Your doctor may have suggested this medicine for a condition not listed in this drug information article. If you have not discussed this with your doctor, or if you are not sure why you are taking this medicine, check it out. Do not stop taking this medicine without first consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medicine to anyone, even someone who has the same symptoms as yours. This medication may be harmful to people for whom it has not been prescribed.
How should this medication be used?
The recommended adult dose for tablets ranges from 25 mg to 100 mg. The 50 mg dose is the most commonly prescribed.
If the headaches come back, or if the relief is only partial, you can resume 1 dose 2 hours later. If a dose has not allayed your headache, do not take another dose without first seeing a doctor. No more than 200 mg should be taken within a 24-hour period.
The tablet should swallow with water, without chewing or chewing. Do not crush, do not crunch and do not open the tablets. DF tablets have been formulated to disintegrate in the stomach where they will release the drug that will be absorbed into the bloodstream.
It is very important that this medicine be taken as directed by your doctor.
There are several factors that can be considered in determining the dose a person needs: weight, health, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose other than those listed here, do not change the way you take the medicine without first consulting it.
Store this medication at room temperature, away from moisture and out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medicines in waste water (eg, in the sink or in the toilet bowl) or with household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to get rid of unused or expired medications.