What is sumatriptan?
Strengths: 25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg
Brand: Imitrex Strengths: 25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg Dosage for migraine headache
Adult dosage (ages 18–64 years) Typical starting dosage: One tablet (25 mg, 50 mg, or 100 mg) taken when migraine symptoms appear. Dosage increases: If you don’t get enough relief within 2 hours of the first dose, you can take a second dose at least 2 hours after the first dose. Maximum dosage: Do not take more than 200 mg within a 24-hour period.
Child dosage (ages 0–17 years)
It has not been confirmed that sumatriptan is safe and effective for use in children. Do not use in people younger than 18 years.
Senior dosage (ages 65 years and older)
The kidneys, liver, and heart of older adults may not work as well as they used to. This can cause your body to process drugs more slowly. As a result, more of a drug stays in your body for a longer time. This increases your risk of side effects.
Your doctor may start you on a lowered dose or a different medication schedule. This can help keep levels of this drug from building up too much in your body. Before prescribing sumatriptan, your doctor should also evaluate the condition of your heart if you have certain risks for heart disease. Special considerations
If you have mild or moderate liver disease, you should not take more than 50 mg of sumatriptan in a single dose. If you have severe liver disease, you should not use sumatriptan at all.
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this list includes all possible dosages. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always to speak with your doctor or pharmacist about dosages that are right for you. Take as directed
Sumatriptan oral tablet is used for short-term treatment. It comes with serious risks if you don’t take it as prescribed.
If you don’t take the drug at all: Your symptoms of migraine may not improve.
If you take too much: You could have dangerous levels of the drug in your body. Symptoms of an overdose of this drug can include: seizures paralysis of one limb, one side of the body, or the whole body swelling and redness of the arms and legs trouble breathing loss of balance
If you think you’ve taken too much of this drug, call your doctor or local poison control center. If your symptoms are severe, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room right away.
How to tell if the drug is working: Your symptoms of migraine should get better. If your symptoms do not get better at all after taking the drug, talk to your doctor before taking any more of the medication. Important considerations for taking sumatriptan
Keep these considerations in mind if your doctor prescribes sumatriptan oral tablet for you. General You can take sumatriptan tablets with or without food. Do not cut or crush the tablet. Not every pharmacy stocks this drug. When filling your prescription, be sure to call ahead. Storage
Store sumatriptan tablets between 36°F and 86°F (2°C and 30°C). Keep this drug away from light. Don’t store this medication in moist or damp areas, such as bathrooms. Refills
A prescription for this medication is refillable. You should not need a new prescription for this medication to be refilled. Your doctor will write the number of refills authorized on your prescription. Travel
When traveling with your medication: Always carry your medication with you. When flying, never put it into a checked bag. Keep it in your carry-on bag. Don’t worry about airport x-ray machines. They can’t hurt your medication. You may need to show airport staff the pharmacy label for your medication. Always carry the original prescription-labeled box with you. Don’t put this medication in your car’s glove compartment or leave it in the car. Be sure to avoid doing this when the weather is very hot or very cold. Clinical monitoring
Your doctor will monitor your health during your treatment with sumatriptan. They may check your: blood pressure