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Sumatriptan

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Sumatriptan, sold under the brand name Imitrex among others, is a medication used to treat migraine headaches and cluster headaches. It is taken by mouth, in the nose, or by injection under the skin. Effects generally occur within three hours.Common side effects include chest pressure, feeling tired, feeling of the world spinning, vomiting, tingling. Serious side effects may include serotonin syndrome, heart attacks, strokes, and seizures. With excessive use medication overuse headaches may occur. It is unclear if use in pregnancy or breastfeeding is safe. How it works is not entirely clear. It is in the triptan class of medications.Sumatriptan was patented in 1982 and approved for medical use in 1991. It is available as a generic medication. In the United Kingdom it costs the NHS about £1 per dose as of 2019. In the United States the wholesale cost of this amount is about $0.60 USD. In 2016 it was the 115th most prescribed medication in the United States with more than 6 million prescriptions. It is also available as the combination product sumatriptan/naproxen at a cost of 50 USD per dose.

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