What is Sumatriptan? Full information, usage, benefits and side effects

What is Sumatriptan? Full information, usage, benefits and side effects


Sumatriptan is marketed under brand names such as Imitrex and Treximet. Sumatriptan is a headache drug that constricts blood vessels in the brain. Sumatriptan also reduces substances in the body that can cause headaches, nausea, sensitivity to light and noise, and other migraine symptoms.


Sumatriptan is used to treat migraines and cluster headaches  [ Cluster headaches begin quickly and without warning. The pain is very severe and is often described as a sharp, burning or piercing sensation on one side of the head. It's often felt around the eye, temple and sometimes face. It tends to affect the same side for each attack.] in adults. Sumatriptan only treats headaches. Sumatriptan does not prevent headaches or reduce the number of attacks. Sumatriptan injections are also used to treat the symptoms of cluster headaches (usually severe headaches on one side of the head or around one eye).

Cluster headaches


Sumatriptan should not be used to treat typical tension-type headaches or headaches involving loss of movement on one side of the body.Use this medicine only if your doctor has confirmed that you have a migraine. Sumatriptan may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.


Sumatriptan injection comes as a solution (liquid) for subcutaneous (just under the skin) injection. It is usually used at the first sign of migraine. If symptoms improve after using sumatriptan but recur after more than an hour, her second dose of sumatriptan can be used. However, if symptoms do not improve after using sumatriptan, he should not use a second injection without consulting a doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist to clarify any areas you do not understand. Use sumatriptan exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or take it more often than directed by your doctor.

Side Effects:

Some Common side effects:

  • numbness, tingling, warmth, redness, or burning
  • A feeling of pressure or heaviness in any part of the body
  • dizziness, lightheadedness, weakness or fatigue
  • neck pain or stiffness
  • Pain or redness at the injection site

Some side effects can be serious:

  • chest, throat, neck, or jaw pain, pressure, tightness, or heaviness
  • slow or difficult speech
  • weakness
  • break into a cold sweat
  • Weakness or numbness in arms and legs
  • fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
  • bloody diarrhea
  • vomit
  • sudden or severe stomach pain
  • sudden weight loss
  • Paleness or bluish discoloration of the fingers and toes
  • difficulty breathing


Please consult your doctor/physician/specialist before taking any healthcare products. In case of allergic reaction to the medicines/substance, please take immediate medical help.

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