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Sumatriptan (Alsuma)- Uses And Side Effects

What is Sumatriptan (Alsuma)?

Sumatriptan (Alsuma) is a doctor-prescribed medicine used to treat the symptoms of Migraine Headache and Cluster Headache. Other names for Sumatriptan (Alsuma) are Imitrex, Onzetra, Sumavel, and Zembrace. It can be used alone or with other medications too. Sumatriptan (Alsuma) belongs to a class of drugs called Serotonin 5-HT-Receptor Agonists and Antimigraine Agents.

Sumatriptan (Alsuma) is considered as the original triptan. Sumatriptan is available in most sizes and shapes. Generic and brand-name versions of Sumatriptan are available as an oral tablet, powder, nasal spray, and under-the-skin injection.

Mechanism of action of Sumatriptan (Alsuma)

Three distinct medical actions have been implicated in the antimigraine effect of Sumatriptan (Alsuma):

  •    Sumatriptan (Alsuma) stimulates the presynaptic 5-HT1D receptors, which serves to stop both dural vasodilation and inflammation.
  •    Sumatriptan (Alsuma) directly inhibits the trigeminal nuclei cell excitability via 5-HT1B/1D receptor agonism in the brainstem.
  •    Vascular 5-HT1B receptor agonism results in vasoconstriction of meningeal, dural, cerebral, or pial vessels.

Sumatriptan (Alsuma) comes is in a class of migraine medicine called selective serotonin receptor agonists. Alsuma basically works by narrowing the blood vessels in the head, stopping the pain signals from being sent to the brain via blood vessels, and blocking the release of certain substances that cause pain, nausea, and other symptoms of migraine and headache.

Storage of Sumatriptan (Alsuma)

  •    Store the Sumatriptan (Alsuma) medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from moisture, heat, and direct light.
  •    Sumatriptan (Alsuma) should keep out of the reach of children.
  •    Try to not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
  •    Ask healthcare professionals how to dispose of any medicine that does not use.
  •    Keep the Sumatriptan (Alsuma) medicine in the blister packs. Throw away the unused medicine after it has been taken out of the blister pack.
  •    It is important to keep all medication for migraine and other diseases out of sight and reach of children as many containers are not child-resistant and young children can open them easily. To protect children from medicines, always lock safety caps and immediately change the location of medication in a safe place.

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Headache Symptoms

Some of the positive highlights of Sumatriptan (Alsuma)

  •    Sumatriptan (Alsuma) can relieve migraine headaches within 30 to 60 mins.
  •    People don't need to drink water with the dissolvable tablet of Sumatriptan (Alsuma) for it to work, so this could be a good medication for people who can't keep water down or have problems swallowing when suffering from migraine.
  •    Sumatriptan (Alsuma) helps to vanish the headache and eases other symptoms such as feeling or being sick and sensitivity to light and sound.
  •    Sumatriptan (Alsuma) is available as a lower-cost generic.

What are the side effects of Sumatriptan (Alsuma)?

With any medication for any disease, there are some risks and some benefits. Even if the medication is working properly, a patient may experience some unwanted side effects.

Contact Specialty Care Clinic immediately if you experience any of the following:

  •    Heart attack is one of the major side effects of Sumatriptan (Alsuma).In a heart attack, the patient feels cold sweat, pain, tightness, pressure in the chest, nausea or vomiting, feeling like you're going to pass out, and feeling out of breath.
  •    Stroke is also a side effect of Sumatriptan (Alsuma). In stroke, the patient feels numbness or weakness typically on one side of the body, confusion, severe headache, loss of balance, and dizziness.
  •    Serotonin syndrome is a side effect of Sumatriptan (Alsuma). Agitation, hallucination, fast heartbeat, nausea, or vomiting are symptoms of serotonin syndrome.
  •    Excess use of Sumatriptan (Alsuma) can cause serious blood vessels problems which include bloody diarrhea, severe stomach pain, eye problems, numbness or coldness of hands and feet
  •    Sumatriptan (Alsuma) can raise blood pressure. An increased blood pressure situation is especially dangerous for people who already have high blood pressure. Monitor the blood pressure while on this medication to make sure that it's within normal range.

Some common side effects may get better over time as your body gets used to the medication. That side effects are-

  •    Sleepiness
  •    Tiredness
  •    Dizziness
  •    Pain or pressure in the chest or sore throat problem
  •    Dry mouth
  •    Tingling or prickling feeling
  •    Headache
  •    Nausea

Let the Specialty Care Clinic doctor know immediately if anyone continues to experience these symptoms or if they worsen over time.

Sumatriptan (Alsuma) also relieves other symptoms that occur together with a migraine headache, such as nausea, sensitivity to light, vomiting, and sensitivity to sound. Sumatriptan (Alsuma) is not an ordinary pain reliever. This medicine is usually used for people whose headaches are not relieved by other pain relievers like acetaminophen, aspirin, etc. Also, Specialty Care Clinics' health care professionals help you to tell you about the ways to prevent or reduce some of the side effects. Immediately connect to our health care professional if any of the following side effects continue for some days or if you have any questions about the use of Sumatriptan (Alsuma).

We Specialty Care Clinics help you to understand the mechanism of Sumatriptan (Alsuma) and provide you with the best medications for migraine and the best outcome from the medications. If anyone of you has migraine and headache problems or need consultation on the uses of Sumatriptan (Alsuma), Contact us at 469-545-9983