If you suffer from migraines and you’re searching for something that might help, there’s a prescription-only medication called Sumatriptan that provides relief for some people.

Just as migraines can be brought on by different triggers for different people (or perhaps with no obvious trigger at all), there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ method to alleviate them, either. Sumatriptan is normally prescribed when someone isn’t responding to analgesic (pain relieving) medication such as aspirin or codeine.

Sumatriptan tablets can treat migraines
Sumatriptan can bring relief from migraines, so you can get back to doing what you love

How does it work?

The exact science of headaches isn’t fully understood, but migraines are thought to be caused by the dilation of blood vessels in the brain. Sumatriptan works against this by stimulating serotonin receptors in the brain and causing muscles surrounding the blood vessels to contract, which in turn causes the blood vessels to narrow as well. This, coupled with the fact that Sumatriptan also reduces the transmission of pain signals via nerves to the brain, can make it a very effective method of relieving migraines.

The recommended dose of Sumatriptan succinate tablets is a single 50 mg tablet, although some patients may require 100 mg. If you don’t respond to the first dose, a second dose should not be taken for the same attack.

If you do respond to the first dose, but the symptoms reoccur, a second dose may be given in the same 24 hours, as long as there is a minimum interval of two hours between the two doses. No more than 300 mg should be taken in any 24-hour period.

Many people find that their migraines go away completely after taking Sumatriptan, and others at least get enough relief so they can go about their day without being completely immobilised. Sumatriptan often relieves other symptoms that occur together with a migraine headache, such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, and sensitivity to sound.

Finding a cure

Sumatriptan can’t cure migraines, and not having them in the first place is obviously the ultimate goal if you’re unlucky enough to suffer from them. This blog from the Mayo Clinic has some useful pointers when it comes to identifying trigger factors, but as you might expect, the list is rather long.

Personally, I can feel a migraine coming on if I’ve done a lot of exercise and I haven’t eaten enough food. If your triggers are less obvious than this, keeping a food diary might help. Sometimes women suffer from migraines due to hormonal changes, so making a note of what time during your cycle an attack happens might help you to be better prepared in the future.

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Although all of our content is written and reviewed by healthcare professionals, it should not be substituted for or used as medical advice. If you have any questions about your health, please speak to your doctor.

Authored Sep 13, 2018 by Thomas Hall
Reviewed Dec 20, 2018 by Prabjeet Saundh, MPharm