What is Sumatriptan?
Sumatriptan succinate is a prescription only medication (POMs) used to provide migraine relief in those patients who suffer attacks that do not respond adequately to analgesic medications. The branded version of this medication is called Imigran.
How does Sumatriptan work?
Sumatriptan is used for migraine treatment and provide relief of symptoms during acute attacks (with or without an aura). It works through acting on 5HT1 receptors in the brain to help deal with factors that contribute towards the development of a migraine attack such as blood flow and trigeminal nerve activity.
How do I take Sumatriptan?
The recommended dose of Sumatriptan succinate tablets is a single 50 mg tablet; some patients may require 100 mg. If you do not respond to the first dose of Sumatriptan, a second dose should not be taken for the same attack.
If you do respond to the first dose, but the symptoms reoccur a second dose may be given in the next 24 hours, as long as there is a minimum interval of 2 hours between the two doses. No more than 300 mg should be taken in any 24-hour period.
What are the cautions related to Sumatriptan use?
Although Sumatriptan is a commonly prescribed medication in the UK but it may not be suitable for everyone. This medication should not be used by people suffering from certain conditions and those taking particular medications. You should always read the patient information leaflet (PIL) for Sumatriptan before taking this medication to ensure it is safe for you to use.
What are the side effects of Sumatriptan?
Sumatriptan like all medications can be associated with certain side effects although not all patients would experience these.
Common Sumatriptan Side Effects include:
- Drowsiness or dizziness, which may affect the performance of skilled tasks (e.g. driving)
- Muscle pain
- Temporary rise in blood pressure soon after taking the medication
- Feeling of weakness and tiredness
- Feeling sick or being sick
For more information about the side effects associated with this medication please contact PostMyMeds or see the patient information leaflet (PIL).
What alternatives are available?
There are many different 5HT1-receptor agonists (Triptans) used to treat migraine attacks, including Sumatriptan (Imigran), Rizaptriptan (Maxalt) and Zolmitriptan (Zomig).
These medications are also available in various formulations such as nasal sprays, oral wafers and orodispersible tablets. If you do not respond to one, an alternate 5HT1-receptor agonist or formulation may be used.
Where can I find more information on Migraines & Sumatriptan?
Please refer to the patient information leaflet (PIL) for more information on Sumatriptan. You can find more information on Migraines on the following page.