How to take sumatriptan 50mg tablets
Please read the enclosed leaflet carefully before using sumatriptan.
The dose is one 50mg tablet, taken with water or another liquid, as soon as possible after your migraine headache starts. However, it can still be effective if you take it at a later stage of a headache. It’s entirely your choice whether to take it with or without food.
If you have another headache later, a second tablet can be taken, but you should not take more than one tablet per migraine attack. The second tablet should not be taken within two hours of the first tablet, and don’t take more than six tablets (300mg) in any 24-hour period
Are sumatriptan 50mg tablets suitable for me?
Just like with all medicines and treatments, there are some situations where sumatriptan would not be recommended or would need to be used cautiously. Instances include people aged under 18 or over 65 and those who have now (or who have had in the past) heart problems, including stroke, transient ischaemic attack, angina, heart attack, or high blood pressure. This may also apply to people with liver or kidney problems, and if you're allergic to any of the active or inactive ingredients.
Some people with risk factors for heart disease may not be suitable for sumatriptan treatment, for example people who are heavy smokers or who use nicotine replacement therapies, especially when they are women who have experienced menopause or men over 40.
Whether from your doctor or purchased from a pharmacy without a prescription, inform the online doctor of any other medicines you're taking during consultations. Sumatriptan can cause problems if taken with certain other medicines, including some other medicines for migraines (methysergide, ergotamine, other triptans), some antidepressant medicines (MAOIs, and also SSRIs and SNRIs, which may also be prescribed for anxiety), lithium, or St John’s Wort supplements.
It is important to mention during the consultation if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant, or are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed.
If the treatment doesn’t work for you, tell the doctor because a different treatment might be better suited to your needs.
What are the side effects of Sumatriptan 50mg tablets?
Sumatriptan can cause potential side effects. However, it is worth noting that not everybody will experience them.
Side effects that are considered to be common include dizziness, tiredness, shortness of breath and facial flushing. A brief rise in blood pressure when the treatment is started is also common, as well as suffering from nausea, and vomiting, muscle aches and pains, sensations of heaviness, heat or cold, or pressure or tightness (usually temporary and at the beginning of treatment).
Other less common side effects can include diarrhoea, neck stiffness, and sweating. If you experience any persistent or troublesome issues, you should stop using this medication and talk to your doctor.
Read the patient information leaflet provided in the pack before starting any course of treatment for a full list of side effects. The leaflet can also be viewed online here.