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 682 257
Migraine headaches 504 179
cluster headaches 120 55
atypical migraine 43 7
Headaches 23 6
General health 5 2

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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
Severe 65
Moderate 79
Mild 126
None 177

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Sumatriptan

Side effect Patients
Nausea 29
Sleepiness 19
Chest tightness 11
Dizziness 11
Tiredness 10
Fatigue 9

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Sumatriptan

Dosage Patients
100mg as needed 57
50mg as needed 47
25mg as needed 19
6mg/0.5mL as needed 8
25 mg daily 5
100 mg twice daily 5
100 mg daily 3
20mg/inh as needed 3
20mg/spray as needed 2
2 100mg as needed 2

See all 36 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Sumatriptan

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 167
Side effects too severe 128
Doctor's advice 77
Other 77
Expense 40
Course of treatment ended 19
Change in health plan coverage 10
Personal research 9
See all 409 patients who've stopped taking Sumatriptan

Duration

Currently taking Sumatriptan

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 53
5 - 10 years 41
10 years or more 54

Stopped taking Sumatriptan

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 121
1 - 6 months 63
6 months - 1 year 49
1 - 2 years 50
2 - 5 years 63
5 - 10 years 43
10 years or more 25
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 269
Usually 83
Sometimes 67
Never taken as prescribed 28
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 31
Somewhat hard to take 43
A little hard to take 79
Not at all hard to take 294
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 9
$100-199 10
$50-99 24
$25-49 37
< $25 158
Not specified 209

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Sumatriptan after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Rizatriptan (Maxalt) 14
Zolmitriptan (Zomig) 10
Eletriptan (Relpax) 6
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) 18
Zolmitriptan (Zomig) 10
Topiramate (Topamax) 7
Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine (Fioricet) 6
Dihydroergotamine (Migranal) 5

Show all 27 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

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