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 724 280
Migraine headaches 563 201
Cluster headaches 126 55
Atypical migraine 43 7
Headaches 25 6

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 68
Moderate 83
Mild 135
None 202

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Sumatriptan

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

Show all 151 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Sumatriptan

Dosage Patients
100mg as needed 73
50mg as needed 55
25mg as needed 27
6mg/0.5mL as needed 11
100 mg daily 4
20mg as needed 4
25 mg twice daily 3
2 50mg as needed 3
4mg/0.5mL as needed 3
6mg as needed 3

See all 36 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Sumatriptan

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 181
Side effects too severe 134
Other 81
Doctor's advice 80
Expense 43
Course of treatment ended 19
Change in health plan coverage 10
Personal research 9
See all 431 patients who've stopped taking Sumatriptan

Duration

Currently taking Sumatriptan

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 28
2 - 5 years 43
5 - 10 years 62
10 years or more 69

Stopped taking Sumatriptan

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 131
1 - 6 months 62
6 months - 1 year 51
1 - 2 years 51
2 - 5 years 68
5 - 10 years 44
10 years or more 29
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 295
Usually 94
Sometimes 71
Never taken as prescribed 28
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 326
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 10
$50-99 25
$25-49 37
< $25 178
Not specified 227

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Sumatriptan after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Rizatriptan (Maxalt) 14
Zolmitriptan (Zomig) 11
Eletriptan (Relpax) 8
Topiramate (Topamax) 7
Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine (Fioricet) 5

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Sumatriptan and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Rizatriptan (Maxalt) 25
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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