What is Sumatriptan Tablets (50mg & 100mg)?
Sumatriptan Tablets (50mg & 100mg) typically take the form of film-coated pink or white/off-white capsule-shaped tablets.
A form of salt, Sumatriptan (the active ingredient) is most often used to treat acute migraine attacks. These tablets should only be taken when a migraine diagnosis has been made by a medical professional.
Sumatriptan Tablets (50mg & 100mg) help to alleviate symptoms associated with acute migraines, such as a throbbing feeling in the head, nausea and visual disturbances.
How does Sumatriptan Tablets (50mg & 100mg) work?
Migraines are a common condition experienced by approximately one-fifth of people.
If you have been diagnosed with migraines, you are likely to have experienced repeated episodes of the condition (with varying severity) over a number of years.
Symptoms of this condition include: a severe headache (in one or both lobes); nausea/vomiting (also resulting in appetite loss); and, an aversion to sensory stimulus (such as bright lights or loud noises).
Episodes typically last 4-12 hours, though you may experience migraines that are shorter or longer. You may also develop a sense for when a migraine might be about to occur (called 'prodrome').
Migraines can be triggered by a variety of different factors, such as activities, foodstuffs, aromas, emotions, heightened/alleviated stress or women's menstrual cycles.
Roughly half of people who experience migraines do so from childhood or adolescence. Of these, approximately two-thirds are women that are thought to be due to the influence of hormones. Migraine tendencies also frequently run in families.
The precise cause of migraines is yet to be established. Your brain does not possess its own pain receptors; it processes pain signals from other areas of the body. However, serotonin (a monoamine neurotransmitter found in the brain) is thought to play an important role.
Medical research suggests that migraine symptoms are caused by blood vessels widening within the head. Sumatriptan Tablets (50mg & 100mg) are thought to help these blood vessels return to their normal size, therefore alleviating your symptoms. These tablets also prevent pain signals from reaching your brain.
Sumatriptan Tablets (50mg & 100mg) are available by prescription only.
How to use Sumatriptan Tablets (50mg & 100mg)
- Always follow your doctor's instructions and the guidelines listed on the packet when taking Sumatriptan Tablets (50mg & 100mg)
- Swallow the tablet whole alongside a sip of water
- Sumatriptan Tablets (50mg & 100mg) will be effective whether taken after eating, or on an empty stomach
- Adults aged 18+ should have one tablet immediately after the migraine commences
- Sumatriptan Tablets (50mg & 100mg) can also be taken later on during the migraine episode
- 50mg is the recommended dose for most people, though some will be prescribed 100mg
- Do not exceed the maximum dosage of 300mg within a 24-hour period
- Avoid taking a second tablet if the first does not effectively alleviate your migraine
- You can take a second tablet if the migraine returns having initially subsided (after a minimum of two hours)
- Contact your doctor immediately if you take too many tablets in a single sitting, or exceed the daily recommended dose
- Painkillers (including paracetamol, aspirin and ibuprofen) are safe to use alongside Sumatriptan Tablets (50mg & 100mg), provided you have not experienced adverse reactions to these in the past
What dosages are available for Sumatriptan Tablets (50mg & 100mg)?
Sumatriptan Tablets are prescribed in two different dosages; 50mg and 100mg (denoting the amount of the active ingredient, Sumatriptan).
Your doctor is likely to prescribe 50mg tablets, as this is the most common dosage. In certain cases, your doctor may decide that 100mg tablets offer a more appropriate means of treatment.
These tablets are generally referred to by the name of their active ingredient. However, some brand name medications also contain Sumatriptan in smaller quantities.
Sumatriptan Tablets (50mg & 100mg) are only available on prescription from your doctor following a diagnosis of acute migraines.
What are the side effects of Sumatriptan Tablets (50mg & 100mg)?
Commonly reported side effects of Sumatriptan Tablets (50mg & 100mg) include: dizziness; drowsiness; sensory disturbances (such as hypoaesthesia or paraesthesia); nausea/vomiting; a feeling of heaviness (most often in your chest or throat); myalgia; fatigue; and, hot/cold sensations.
Consult your doctor if you experience any of these side effects for a protracted period of time.
Less common side effects include: wheezing; facial swelling; hives/skin rashes; impeded liver functionality; diarrhoea; ischaemic colitis; Raynaud's syndrome; hypotension; hyperhidrosis; vision reduction or loss; and, palpitations/cardiac arrhythmias.
Contact your doctor immediately if you notice any of these side effects.
What are the precautions/interactions of Sumatriptan Tablets (50mg & 100mg)?
Children/adolescents aged 0-18 and pregnant/nursing women should not take Sumatriptan Tablets (50mg & 100mg) as the potential effects are not yet fully understood.
You should use caution when taking this medicine if aged 65+, doing so only when advised to by a medical professional.
Do not use Sumatriptan if you have: had a heart attack or stroke; angina or an irregular heartbeat; poor circulation; high blood pressure (uncontrolled); or, significant issues with your liver.
If you are prone to any of the following types of migraine, you should not use Sumatriptan Tablets (50mg & 100mg): ophthalmoplegic migraine, hemiplegic migraine, basilar migraine.
Avoid driving or operating heavy machinery if you experience drowsiness as a result of taking Sumatriptan Tablets (50mg & 100mg). Though no link has yet been proven, you should also limit your alcohol intake during these times.
Do not take Sumatriptan Tablets (50mg & 100mg) if you have also had a monoamine oxidase inhibitor medicine (MAOI) within the preceding two weeks.
These might include: antidepressants (phenelzine, isocarboxazid or tranylcypromine); antibiotics (linezolid); or, medication for Parkinson's disease (selegiline).
In rare cases, Sumatriptan Tablets (50mg & 100mg) can cause serotonin syndrome when taken alongside medications that increase the activity of serotonin. This includes SSRIs, SNRIs, lithium, tramadol, dapoxetine and St John's wort.
Also, avoid these tablets if you have taken other migraine medication (such as ergotamine, methysergide and dihydroergotamine) or medications containing triptan (such as zolmitriptan, eletriptan and almotriptan) recently.
If you are known to have an allergy to Sumatriptan or any other ingredients contained within these tablets, do not take Sumatriptan Tablets (50mg & 100mg).
As the effects of Sumatriptan on children and adolescents aged 0-18 are yet to be fully established, Sumatriptan Tablets (50mg & 100mg) should not be taken by this age group.
Sumatriptan Tablets (50mg & 100mg) are not safe for consumption during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
People aged 65+ should only use Sumatriptan Tablets (50mg & 100mg) when recommended by a doctor, and apply caution throughout the treatment duration.
If you have hypersensitivity, you are at an increased risk of experiencing an allergic reaction with Sumatriptan Tablets (50mg & 100mg). This may manifest as anything from low-level cutaneous hypersensitivity to anaphylaxis (a serious allergic reaction).
How to buy Sumatriptan Tablets online
You can buy Sumatriptan Tablets online after completing a simple online questionnaire. Our doctor will review to ensure it is the most effective treatment for you. Once approved, your details are saved in your member's area for future reordering.
Getting Sumatriptan Tablets delivered in the UK
We have a number of convenient delivery methods in the UK including free next-day delivery. This is on all order approved by 4:30pm Monday to Friday. We also have a same-day delivery service for London postcodes, which is free of charge. We also offer a UPS Access Point service, so you can visit your local store in-person.