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Sumatriptan nasal powder

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.

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 side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • bloody or watery diarrhea

  • hallucination, loss of contact with reality

  • pain, tingling, numbness in the face, hands, or feet

  • seizures

  • signs and symptoms of a blood clot such as breathing problems; changes in vision; chest pain; severe, sudden headache; pain, swelling, warmth in the leg; trouble speaking; sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg

  • signs and symptoms of a dangerous change in heartbeat or heart rhythm like chest pain; dizziness; fast or irregular heartbeat; palpitations, feeling faint or lightheaded; falls; breathing problems

  • signs and symptoms of a stroke like changes in vision; confusion; trouble speaking or understanding; severe headaches; sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg; trouble walking; dizziness; loss of balance or coordination

  • stomach pain

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • changes in taste

  • facial flushing

  • headache

  • muscle cramps

  • muscle pain

  • nausea, vomiting

  • weak or tired

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medicines:

  • cocaine

  • ergot alkaloids like dihydroergotamine, ergonovine, ergotamine, methylergonovine

  • feverfew

  • MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate

  • other medicines for migraine headache like almotriptan, eletriptan, frovatriptan, naratriptan, rizatriptan, zolmitriptan

  • tryptophan

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • certain medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances

What if I miss a dose?

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

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • circulation problems in fingers and toes

  • diabetes

  • heart disease

  • high blood pressure

  • high cholesterol

  • history of irregular heartbeat

  • history of stroke

  • kidney disease

  • liver disease

  • postmenopausal or surgical removal of uterus and ovaries

  • seizures

  • smoke tobacco

  • stomach or intestine problems

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to sumatriptan, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Only take this medicine for a migraine headache. Take it if you get warning symptoms or at the start of a migraine attack. It is not for regular use to prevent migraine attacks.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

Smoking cigarettes may increase the risk of heart-related side effects from using this medicine.

If you take migraine medicines for 10 or more days a month, your migraines may get worse. Keep a diary of headache days and medicine use. Contact your healthcare professional if your migraine attacks occur more frequently.


NOTE:This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider. Copyright© 2017 Elsevier