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 696 264
Migraine headaches 527 190
Cluster headaches 121 55
Atypical migraine 44 7
Headaches 24 6
General health 5 2

Show all 42 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 68
Moderate 80
Mild 131
None 184

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Sumatriptan

Side effect Patients
Nausea 31
Sleepiness 20
Chest tightness 11
Fatigue 11
Dizziness 10
Tiredness 10

Show all 172 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Sumatriptan

Dosage Patients
100mg as needed 65
50mg as needed 51
25mg as needed 25
6mg/0.5mL as needed 6
100 mg daily 3
100 mg twice daily 3
20mg/inh as needed 2
2 100mg as needed 2
2 50mg as needed 2
4mg/0.5mL as needed 2

See all 34 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Sumatriptan

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 172
Side effects too severe 132
Doctor's advice 80
Other 79
Expense 41
Course of treatment ended 20
Change in health plan coverage 10
Personal research 9
See all 419 patients who've stopped taking Sumatriptan

Duration

Currently taking Sumatriptan

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 15
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 48
5 - 10 years 49
10 years or more 49

Stopped taking Sumatriptan

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 123
1 - 6 months 64
6 months - 1 year 50
1 - 2 years 51
2 - 5 years 65
5 - 10 years 44
10 years or more 27
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 281
Usually 85
Sometimes 68
Never taken as prescribed 29
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 32
Somewhat hard to take 44
A little hard to take 81
Not at all hard to take 306
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 10
$100-199 10
$50-99 25
$25-49 37
< $25 165
Not specified 216

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Sumatriptan after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Rizatriptan (Maxalt) 14
Zolmitriptan (Zomig) 10
Eletriptan (Relpax) 8
Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine (Fioricet) 5
Topiramate (Topamax) 5

Show all 30 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Sumatriptan and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Rizatriptan (Maxalt) 23
Zolmitriptan (Zomig) 10
Topiramate (Topamax) 7
Eletriptan (Relpax) 6
Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox) 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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