What is Sumatriptan?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Sumatriptan is a selective serotonin receptor agonist used to relieve the symptoms of migraine headaches. It works by narrowing blood vessels in the head and stopping pain signals from being sent to the brain. Sumatriptan does not prevent migraine attacks.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Migraine 737 278
Migraine headaches 580 217
Cluster headaches 129 57
Headaches 24 5
Prevent migraine 6 3

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 70
Moderate 89
Mild 138
None 203

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Sumatriptan

Side effect Patients Percentage
Nausea 32
Sleepiness 19
Tiredness 13
Dizziness 12
Fatigue 12
Chest tightness 11

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Sumatriptan

Dosage Patients Percentage
100mg as needed 46
50mg as needed 33
25mg as needed 14
6mg/0.5mL as needed 4
6mg as needed 3
1mg as needed 2
20mg as needed 2
2 100mg as needed 2
2 50mg as needed 2
25 mg every 6 weeks 1

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Why patients stopped taking Sumatriptan

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 183
Side effects too severe 136
Other 82
Doctor's advice 79
Expense 42
Course of treatment ended 19
Change in health plan coverage 10
Personal research 9
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Duration

Currently taking Sumatriptan

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 25
5 - 10 years 38
10 years or more 47

Stopped taking Sumatriptan

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 135
1 - 6 months 63
6 months - 1 year 51
1 - 2 years 49
2 - 5 years 73
5 - 10 years 43
10 years or more 29
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 300
Usually 96
Sometimes 73
Never taken as prescribed 31
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 35
Somewhat hard to take 44
A little hard to take 89
Not at all hard to take 332
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 11
$100-199 10
$50-99 26
$25-49 37
< $25 175
Not specified 241

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Sumatriptan after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Rizatriptan (Maxalt) 14
Zolmitriptan (Zomig) 12
Eletriptan (Relpax) 9
Topiramate (Topamax) 6
Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine (Fioricet) 4

Show all 29 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Sumatriptan and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Rizatriptan (Maxalt) 29
Zolmitriptan (Zomig) 11
Eletriptan (Relpax) 8
Topiramate (Topamax) 8
Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine (Fioricet) 6

Show all 30 treatments patients report switching to

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27 patient evaluations for Sumatriptan

Jan 22, 2015 (Started Mar 18, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine)
  • Side effects
    Mild (nausea)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 15, 2014 (Started Sep 14, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for atypical migraine)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for migraine)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 12, 2012 (Started Aug 13, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Helps my migraines a great deal

  • 0 helpful marks
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