What is Sumatriptan?

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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 692 262
Migraine headaches 515 185
Cluster headaches 121 56
Atypical migraine 43 7
Headaches 24 7
General health 5 2

Show all 41 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 67
Moderate 80
Mild 129
None 181

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Sumatriptan

Side effect Patients
Nausea 30
Sleepiness 19
Chest tightness 11
Fatigue 11
Dizziness 10
Tiredness 10

Show all 169 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Sumatriptan

Dosage Patients
100mg as needed 65
50mg as needed 44
25mg as needed 21
6mg/0.5mL as needed 6
25 mg daily 4
100 mg daily 4
100 mg twice daily 4
20mg/inh as needed 3
2 100mg as needed 3
6mg as needed 2

See all 33 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Sumatriptan

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 171
Side effects too severe 131
Other 80
Doctor's advice 78
Expense 41
Course of treatment ended 19
Change in health plan coverage 10
Personal research 9
See all 416 patients who've stopped taking Sumatriptan

Duration

Currently taking Sumatriptan

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 13
2 - 5 years 45
5 - 10 years 44
10 years or more 53

Stopped taking Sumatriptan

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 122
1 - 6 months 65
6 months - 1 year 50
1 - 2 years 51
2 - 5 years 64
5 - 10 years 43
10 years or more 26
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 276
Usually 84
Sometimes 68
Never taken as prescribed 29
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 33
Somewhat hard to take 43
A little hard to take 80
Not at all hard to take 301
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 10
$100-199 10
$50-99 24
$25-49 37
< $25 161
Not specified 215

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Sumatriptan after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Rizatriptan (Maxalt) 14
Zolmitriptan (Zomig) 10
Eletriptan (Relpax) 7
Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine (Fioricet) 5
Frovatriptan (Frova) 4

Show all 27 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Sumatriptan and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Rizatriptan (Maxalt) 21
Zolmitriptan (Zomig) 10
Topiramate (Topamax) 7
Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine (Fioricet) 5
Dihydroergotamine (Migranal) 5

Show all 28 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 Migraine headaches)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for migraine)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for atypical migraine)
  • 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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