Migraine is a chronic condition. Sumatriptan does not cure it but offers relief against its painful symptoms. Migraines occur when blood vessels in the brain widen. Sumatriptan works by contracting the brain blood vessels so that blood can flow normally, offering relaxation that stops migraines.
The drug stimulates serotonin receptors in the brain, which cause the muscles surrounding the blood vessels in the brain to contract. Sumatriptan also works by stabilizing the chemical changes that cause a migraine attack. The remedy relieves the sickness within 30 minutes.
Sumatriptan is safe for use as a migraine treatment. It may be inappropriate for you if:
- You have strokes or heart attacks.
- You have problems with poor circulation.
- You have high blood pressure.
- You have severely reduced liver function.
Sumatriptan should be used with caution for patients above 40 and smokers.
Each Sumatriptan tablet contains sumatriptan succinate as the active ingredient.
Each tablet also contains Lactose monohydrate, hypromellose, microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, titanium dioxide (E171), triacetin, red iron oxide (E172).
The side effects of Sumatriptan may be intense but pass quickly. The side effects include:
- Sickness, like nausea or vomiting
- Tiredness or drowsiness
- Temporary increase in blood pressure
- Shortness of breath