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 719 276
Migraine headaches 554 198
Cluster headaches 125 56
Atypical migraine 43 7
Headaches 26 7
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 83
Mild 134
None 198

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Sumatriptan

Side effect Patients
Nausea 32
Sleepiness 20
Tiredness 12
Chest tightness 11
Fatigue 11
Dizziness 10

Show all 183 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Sumatriptan

Dosage Patients
100mg as needed 75
50mg as needed 54
25mg as needed 31
6mg/0.5mL as needed 12
2 50mg as needed 4
4mg/0.5mL as needed 3
6mg as needed 3
50 mg daily 2
100 mg daily 2
200 mg daily 2

See all 34 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Sumatriptan

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 180
Side effects too severe 134
Doctor's advice 80
Other 80
Expense 42
Course of treatment ended 19
Change in health plan coverage 10
Personal research 9
See all 429 patients who've stopped taking Sumatriptan

Duration

Currently taking Sumatriptan

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 50
5 - 10 years 51
10 years or more 71

Stopped taking Sumatriptan

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 131
1 - 6 months 62
6 months - 1 year 50
1 - 2 years 51
2 - 5 years 67
5 - 10 years 44
10 years or more 29
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 294
Usually 93
Sometimes 69
Never taken as prescribed 27
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 33
Somewhat hard to take 44
A little hard to take 85
Not at all hard to take 321
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 10
$50-99 25
$25-49 37
< $25 174
Not specified 226

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Sumatriptan after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Rizatriptan (Maxalt) 14
Zolmitriptan (Zomig) 11
Eletriptan (Relpax) 7
Topiramate (Topamax) 7
Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine (Fioricet) 5

Show all 30 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Sumatriptan and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Rizatriptan (Maxalt) 26
Zolmitriptan (Zomig) 10
Eletriptan (Relpax) 7
Topiramate (Topamax) 7
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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