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 674 249
Migraine headaches 500 178
Cluster Headaches 118 52
Atypical Migraine 42 6
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 66
Moderate 76
Mild 125
None 170

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Sumatriptan

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

Show all 161 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Sumatriptan

Dosage Patients
100mg as needed 59
50mg as needed 50
25mg as needed 20
6mg/0.5mL as needed 10
100 mg twice daily 7
25 mg daily 5
100 mg daily 3
20mg/inh as needed 3
20mg/spray as needed 3
2 100mg as needed 2

See all 37 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Sumatriptan

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 165
Side effects too severe 127
Other 78
Doctor's advice 76
Expense 40
Course of treatment ended 19
Change in health plan coverage 10
Personal research 9
See all 407 patients who’ve stopped taking Sumatriptan

Duration

Currently taking Sumatriptan

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 16
2 - 5 years 51
5 - 10 years 42
10 years or more 56

Stopped taking Sumatriptan

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 119
1 - 6 months 63
6 months - 1 year 48
1 - 2 years 50
2 - 5 years 64
5 - 10 years 43
10 years or more 25
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 265
Usually 79
Sometimes 65
Never taken as prescribed 28
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 32
Somewhat hard to take 41
A little hard to take 79
Not at all hard to take 285
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 9
$100-199 10
$50-99 24
$25-49 37
< $25 152
Not specified 205

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) 4
Frovatriptan (Frova) 4

Show all 27 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Sumatriptan and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Rizatriptan (Maxalt) 16
Zolmitriptan (Zomig) 10
Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine (Fioricet) 6
Topiramate (Topamax) 6
Eletriptan (Relpax) 5

Show all 27 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: Some
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Some
Stiffness: All
function: Some
external_stress: Little
Stickman: most
Description:M53y
FM:10y 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: 39
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:F50y
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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