How Sumatriptan Works and Its Side Effects

by | Dec 19, 2017 | Migraine | 0 comments

Sumatriptan is a medication that is commonly used in treating migraines. It plays a vital role in getting instant relief from a headache, pain or other symptoms of a migraine such as vomiting, nausea, sensitivity to light or sound. A prompt treatment through this medication helps to take you back to your normal routine and may also decrease the chances of taking other pain medications. Sumatriptan is a medication that belongs to triptans (a class of drugs). It affects on natural substance (called as serotonin) that causes narrowing of blood vessels in the brain. It helps to get instant pain relief by affecting certain nerves in the brain. Sumatriptan doesn’t claim to prevent future migraines or lessen the chances of getting migraine attacks.

How does Sumatriptan work?

Sumatriptan medication belongs to a class of drugs that are known as triptans. A class of drugs is a group of different medications that work uniquely. These drugs are often used in treating similar conditions.

A migraine that is also known as a cluster headache causes the blood vessels in the brain to expand. It also plays an integral part by causing a release of chemicals in the brain that can cause inflammation like swelling and irritation. Sumatriptan 100mg medication works effectively by helping to bring your blood vessels back to their normal routine and size. It also plays a vital role in preventing the release of these chemicals that can cause inflammation.

Side Effects of Sumatriptan

The common side effects of using this drug are given below. If any of these effects worsen, you are advised to visit your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

Your doctor may have prescribed this medication to you because he may feel that the benefit of this medication is greater than the risk of its side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

  • Weakness, drowsiness, or dizziness
  • Flushing
  • Tiredness
  • Feeling of Tingling/Numbness/Prickling/Heat
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Shortness Of Breath, Or Unusual Sweating
  • Chest/Jaw/Neck Tightness, Pain or Pressure.

Some serious side effects

Get medical help as soon as possible if you develop some of the following symptoms:

  • Fast/Irregular Heartbeat
  • Loss of coordination
  • Fainting
  • Severe drowsiness or dizziness
  • Severe Stomach or Abdominal Pain
  • Severe vomiting/ nausea
  • Hallucinations
  • Bloody Diarrhea
  • Twitching muscles
  • Seizures
  • Unexplained fever
  • Trouble breathing
  • Unusual restlessness

The above list is not a complete list of possible side effects. So, in case if you experience other effects that are not listed above, contact your health provider immediately. Do regular checkup of your blood pressure and tell your doctor if you get high levels. Any serious allergic reaction to this medication is rare. However, get instant medical help right away if you are experiencing any signs of a serious allergic reaction.

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