Pharm patient education

Pharm patient education

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  • Ouch! My head hurts so bad that I get nauseated and light and sound hurts. It happens about once a week, sometimes for as much as three days!
  • Jenny, the doctor prescribed a medication called sumatriptan to get relief from your migraines.
  • We are concerned about the side-effects this drug could have on our daughter. Can you explain them?
  • Some of the most common side effects are dizziness, vertigo, warm or cool sensation, and tingling. It is important to come back to us if you experience any chest pain, pressure, or tightness, because the way the medication effects your blood vessels has rarely caused a heart attack.
  • I learned to avoid migraine triggers like too much wine or caffiene, and I know not to drink chamomile tea when I get my headaches because of potential interactions. My headaches are getting fewer and farther between. Thank you! 
  •  Sumatriptan (Imitrex) is a 5HT1 selective agonist of specific vascular serotonin receptor sites which causes vasoconstriction in large intracranial arteries. It is a medication that is used only during an acute migraine attack.
  • There are also some drug interactions. It causes an elevatedrisk for serotonergic effects such as serotonin syndrome when combined with St. John's Wort, SSRIs, and SNRIs. It is also important to avoid other 5HT1 agonists. MAOIs may elevate blood levels. There is also an elevated risk of vasospasms when sumatriptan is taken with ergotamine or dihydroergotamine. 
  •, Inc. (Ed.). (1998). “Skyscape Web Viewer: Davis Drug Guide 15E.” Retrieved October 17, 2017 from
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