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Generic: sumatriptan nasal
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It is used to treat migraines with or without aura
               



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What is this medicine?

SUMATRIPTAN (soo ma TRIP tan) is used to treat migraines with or without aura. An aura is a strange feeling or visual disturbance that warns you of an attack. It is not used to prevent migraines.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • bowel disease or colitis
  • diabetes
  • family history of heart disease
  • fast or irregular heart beat
  • heart or blood vessel disease, angina (chest pain), or previous heart attack
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • history of stroke, transient ischemic attacks (TIAs or mini- strokes), or intracranial bleeding
  • kidney or liver disease
  • overweight
  • poor circulation
  • postmenopausal or surgical removal of uterus and ovaries
  • Raynaud's disease
  • seizure disorder
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to sumatriptan, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for use in the nose. Follow the directions on the prescription label. This medicine is taken at the first symptoms of a migraine. It is not for everyday use. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply; this medicine is not for regular use.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medicines:
  • amphetamine or cocaine
  • dihydroergotamine, ergotamine, ergoloid mesylates, methysergide, or ergot- type medication - do not take within 24 hours of taking sumatriptan.
  • feverfew
  • MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate - do not take sumatriptan within 2 weeks of stopping MAOI therapy.
  • other migraine medicines like almotriptan, eletriptan, naratriptan, rizatriptan, zolmitriptan - do not take within 24 hours of taking sumatriptan.
  • tryptophan

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • lithium
  • medicines for mental depression, anxiety or mood problems
  • medicines for weight loss such as dexfenfluramine, dextroamphetamine, fenfluramine, or sibutramine
  • St. John's wort

               
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