What is Sumatriptan subcutaneous?

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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 and stopping pain signals in the brain. Sumatriptan does not prevent migraine attacks. The injectable form is used because it acts faster than oral tablets.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Migraine headaches 41 14
Migraine 15 8
Cluster headaches 5 3
Atypical migraine 1 1
Complex confusional migraine 1 0
Cyclic vomiting syndrome 1 0

Show all 15 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
0
Moderate
6
Mild
7
None
8

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Sumatriptan subcutaneous

Side effect Patients
Dizziness and feeling faint 1
Dizziness with nausea 1
Euphoria 1
Flushing 1
Injection site welt 1
Jaw pain 1

Show all 17 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Sumatriptan subcutaneous

Dosage Patients
6mg/0.5mL as needed 5
6mg/ml as needed 4
6mg as needed 3
6 mg/0.5 mL weekly 1
8 mg daily 1
1mcg as needed 1
2 6mg/0.5mL as needed 1
5mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Sumatriptan subcutaneous

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 6
Doctor's advice 4
Expense 2
Other 2
Side effects too severe 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Course of treatment ended 1
See all 12 patients who've stopped taking Sumatriptan subcutaneous

Duration

Currently taking Sumatriptan subcutaneous

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 5

Stopped taking Sumatriptan subcutaneous

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 12
Usually 5
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 6
Not at all hard to take 6
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 2
< $25 8
Not specified 8

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Sumatriptan subcutaneous after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 4
Rizatriptan (Maxalt) 2
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 1
Sumatriptan subcutaneous (Imitrex Statdose) 1

Patients stopped taking Sumatriptan subcutaneous and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 3
Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox) 1
Dihydroergotamine (Migranal) 1
Sumatriptan subcutaneous (Imitrex Statdose) 1
Zolmitriptan (Zomig) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Sumatriptan subcutaneous

Mar 17, 2010 (Started Aug 01, 1991)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Very effective, but side effects are severe enough that I prefer 100mg tablets, unless I can tell a headache is going to be a doozy.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Mar 3, 2010 (Started Aug 01, 1991)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Gets rid of headache, but not prodrome or postdrome. Also, need sleep after use.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 6, 2009 (Started Mar 31, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (muscle tightness, sleepiness, muscle fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: $200+ monthly
Side effects: muscle fatigue, muscle tightness, sleepiness

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