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Sumatriptan is a selective 5-hydroxy-tryptamine receptor subtype 1 (5-HT1) agonist. Sumatriptan delivered as the succinate salt is chemically designated as 3-[2-(dimethylamino)ethyl]-N-methyl-indole-5- methanesulfonamide succinate (1:1), and it has the following structure:
The empirical formula is C14H21N3O2S• C4H6O4, representing a molecular weight of 413.5.
ALSUMA is a clear, colorless to pale yellow, sterile, non-pyrogenic solution for subcutaneous injection. Each 0.5 mL of ALSUMA 12 mg/mL solution contains 6 mg of sumatriptan (base) as the succinate salt and 3.5 mg of sodium chloride, USP in Water for Injection, USP. The pH range of the solution is approximately 4.2 to 5.3.
What are the possible side effects of sumatriptan injection (Alsuma, Imitrex, Imitrex Statdose, Imitrex Statdose Refill, Sumavel DosePro)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using sumatriptan and call your doctor if you have a serious side effect such as:
- feeling of pain or tightness in your jaw, neck, or throat;
- chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling;
- sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the...
What are the precautions when taking sumatriptan injection (Alsuma)?
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Before using sumatriptan, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other triptan drugs (e.g., zolmitriptan, rizatriptan); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
This medication should not be taken if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: heart disease (e.g., chest pain, heart attack), decreased blood flow in the brain (e.g., stroke, transient ischemic attack), blood circulation disease (e.g., ischemic bowel disease), uncontrolled high blood pressure (hypertension), certain types of headaches (hemiplegic or...
Last reviewed on RxList: 4/26/2013
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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