Sumatriptan

Sumatriptan is used to treat acute migraines. It’s usually prescribed when other common painkillers don’t relieve pain caused by headaches.

What is it?

Sumatriptan is a medication used to treat migraine headaches and cluster headaches, in adults. It’s most effective if taken early, right after the onset of pain.

How does it work?

Sumatriptan is a pain reliever, and as such it’s used to treat the symptoms of migraine headaches. It can be classified as a selective serotonin receptor agonist. It belongs to a group of medications that work by narrowing blood vessels in the head, stopping the pain signals from being sent to the brain, and blocking release of particular substances that cause pain.

What is Sumatriptan used for?

Sumatriptan is most commonly used to relieve mild or moderate pain caused by migraine headaches in adults. It can also be prescribed for more severe cases of acute migraines, with strong, throbbing headaches which are sometimes accompanied by nausea or sensitivity to light and sound.

How to use Sumatriptan?

Use Sumatriptan exactly as it was prescribed by your doctor, or as directed in the information leaflet. Never take Sumatriptan in doses larger than the one recommended, even in the case of particularly bad migraines. Always try and take the lowest possible dose to treat your specific medical condition.

Sumatriptan tablets are meant to be taken by mouth. Make sure to take the tablets with enough water. Remember, don’t chew, crush or break the pills before swallowing.

This medicine is used on an as-needed basis. It works best if taken at the first sign of a migraine onset. Do not use it for more than ten days per month. It is used to relieve pain caused by migraines, and cannot reduce the number of migraines that you get on a regular basis.

Your doctor will inform you on the maximum dosage, or number of tablets, that you can take in a day. If you’ve accidentally taken a dose greater than the one recommended, get in touch with your doctor immediately.

If your headache comes back after the first dose, another dose may be used if you’ve been told that you can do so by your doctor. Otherwise, do not take the other dose before consulting with a medical professional.

Some people might experience discomfort in their stomach after taking Sumatriptan. In that case, try to take it during or after a meal, in order to avoid having an upset stomach.

Side effects and precautions

Before taking Sumatriptan, make sure to read the information leaflet and read up on it’s usage, dosages and side effects. Sumatriptan is used to relieve pain caused by migraines; it shouldn’t be used as treatment for other various pain-inducing medical conditions.

Never take Sumatriptan, if you’re allergic to any of its components. Read the enclosed information leaflet that comes with the medicine, and check the full list of ingredients.

This medicine should not be used by children. In extreme cases, your doctor might prescribe Sumatriptan to a child, but never give this medicine to a child without the explicit permission from the doctor.

Common side effects include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Headache
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Drowsiness

Contact your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical help if you notice any of the severe side effects, which include:

  • Seizures
  • Changes in eyesight
  • Burning or tingling feeling that is not normal
  • Severe stomach pain
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Rash, no matter how mild
  • Cramps
  • Changes in the colour of the skin
  • Pain or tightness in the chest, throat, or neck

Taking a dose larger than the one recommended may cause your symptoms to worsen.

Keep Sumatriptan tablets out of children’s reach and don’t use them after the expiration date on the package.

If you see any peculiar complications or side effects which you suspect might have been caused by this medication, go see your doctor immediately.

How can I purchase it online?

Buy Sumatriptan online, safely through UK Meds. A consultation with a medical professional is required beforehand, to ensure that using Sumatriptan is the correct way to treat your medical condition.