What is Sumatriptan?
Sumatriptan is used in the treatment of migraine. It is the active ingredient contained in Imigran, which is the branded version of the drug. Sumatriptan belongs to the class of medication called 5HT (Serotonin) receptor agonists. They are also known as belonging to the "Triptan" class of medication
How does Sumatriptan work?
Although the full mechanism of migraines is not understood, it is thought that the widening of blood vessels during a migraine, send signals to the brain, which in turn, release substances that cause pain, nausea and other symptoms associated with migraine. Sumatriptan works by acting on Serotonin (5HT) receptors in the brain, causing the blood vessels to narrow, preventing these signals from being sent, so that they cannot release the substances that cause migraines. Sumatriptan has also been shown to decrease the activity of the trigeminal nerve, which is responsible for carrying pain impulses from your head to your central nervous system (a bodily structure that is responsible for registering sensations such as pain).
When should I use sumatriptan?
Sumatriptan should be taken at the first sign of a migraine attack. Sumatriptan will also be effective if taken at a later stage during the attack. If you experience relief with sumatriptan, but your symptoms appear again after two hours, you should take another tablet. If your symptoms have not improved after the first tablet, do not take a second one.
How do I use Sumatriptan?
At the first sign of a migraine, take one tablet of sumatriptan with a glass of water. It can be taken on an empty or full stomach as food does not affect the absorption of sumatriptan. If after two hours you have not experienced full relief, or the migraine has returned, you may take a second tablet in the same way the first tablet was taken.
How long does Sumatriptan take to work?
Sumatriptan tablets take around 30 minutes to work. Sumatriptan is available as a nasal spray (Imigran Nasal Spray), which takes 15 minutes to work.
Does Sumatriptan work?
Sumatriptan has been successful in treating those that suffer from migraine for over twenty years. During a clinical trial, up to 64% of patients experienced relief within two hours of having taken sumatriptan. As with all medication, whilst many find that sumatriptan works well for them, others may find it to be less effective.
What if Sumatriptan isn't working for me?
If sumatriptan hasn't been effective for you, there are other options such as increasing the dose, trying another form of treatment (such as the nasal spray) or exploring different treatment options (such as zolmitriptan or rizatriptan). Some studies suggest that taking an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) such as ibuprofen can have an enhanced effect on reducing the symptoms of migraine.
Can I use Sumatriptan to prevent migraines?
Sumatriptan will not work to prevent migraines. They are only effective in treating the symptoms of a migraine once it has begun.
Can I use sumatriptan for headaches other than migraines?
Sumatriptan will only work to treat the symptoms of migraine. Sumatriptan nasal spray can be used in certain situations to treat cluster headaches, however, this is usually initiated by a specialist and you would need to make an appointment with your GP or a specialist for this. Sumatriptan should not be used to treat tension or stress headaches or any other type of headaches.
What symptoms does sumatriptan treat?
Sumatriptan helps to relieve the symptoms associated with migraines such as headache, pain, sensitivity to light and sound, nausea and vomiting.
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