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 636 222
Migraine headaches 457 154
Cluster Headaches 113 47
Atypical Migraine 40 5
Headaches 22 5
General health 5 2

Show all 41 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 62
Moderate 70
Mild 110
None 151

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Sumatriptan

Side effect Patients
Nausea 24
Sleepiness 17
Chest tightness 10
Tiredness 10
Nausea and vomiting 9
Dizziness 8

Show all 148 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Sumatriptan

Dosage Patients
100mg as needed 47
50mg as needed 32
25mg as needed 17
6mg/0.5mL as needed 11
100 mg twice daily 4
2 50mg as needed 4
25 mg daily 2
50 mg daily 2
100 mg daily 2
20mg/inh as needed 2

See all 29 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Sumatriptan

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 155
Side effects too severe 121
Doctor's advice 75
Other 75
Expense 40
Course of treatment ended 19
Change in health plan coverage 10
Personal research 9
See all 390 patients who’ve stopped taking Sumatriptan

Duration

Currently taking Sumatriptan

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 45
5 - 10 years 34
10 years or more 32

Stopped taking Sumatriptan

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 113
1 - 6 months 61
6 months - 1 year 47
1 - 2 years 47
2 - 5 years 61
5 - 10 years 42
10 years or more 24
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 245
Usually 67
Sometimes 56
Never taken as prescribed 25
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 31
Somewhat hard to take 40
A little hard to take 71
Not at all hard to take 251
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 9
$100-199 10
$50-99 23
$25-49 31
< $25 132
Not specified 188

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Sumatriptan after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Rizatriptan (Maxalt) 11
Zolmitriptan (Zomig) 8
Eletriptan (Relpax) 6
Frovatriptan (Frova) 3
Topiramate (Topamax) 3

Show all 23 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Sumatriptan and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Rizatriptan (Maxalt) 11
Topiramate (Topamax) 7
Zolmitriptan (Zomig) 6
Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine (Fioricet) 4
Acetaminophen-isometheptene-dichloralphenazone (Midrin) 3

Show all 26 treatments patients report switching to

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27 patient evaluations for Sumatriptan

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lazaras
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lazaras
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Most
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Some
Stiffness: All
function: Some
external_stress: Little
Stickman: most
Description:M52y
FM:9y Dx
CFS:8y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See lazaras's full Sumatriptan history

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
caela
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caela
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 38
Condition: Chronic Headache Disorder 8 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: n
I have:
Chronic Headache Disorder

See caela's full Sumatriptan history

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
maremare
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maremare
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: All
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: Some
external_stress: All
Stickman: all
Description:F49y
FM:11y Dx
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See maremare's full Sumatriptan history

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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