Also known as: Alsuma, Imitrex, Imitrex Nasal, Imitrex Statdose, Sumavel DosePro, Zecuity
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Reviews for Sumatriptan to treat Cluster Headaches
Review by Debbie42:
Imitrex (sumatriptan): This is a miracle for me. Cluster headaches would put me out of commission for 2 days. Imitrex gets rid of the intense pain of my eye feeling like it might pop out of my head! The first few times I took it I had side effects of the heavy feeling on my chest and in my muscles after 3x I can take with no side effects. I've only taken it 5x but still working great.
Review by The Axxeman (taken for less than 1 month):
sumatriptan: I've been dealing with episodes of cluster headaches for 30 years. Nothing has ever made a dent in the pain besides this and Zomig nasal spray. The slight pain of the injection is a very small price to pay to relieve the crushing pain of a cluster headache. For me the trick for both medicines is to catch it as early as possible, before the headache is full blown. I'm never more than a minute or two away from a dose. Besides feeling a little weak afterwards (which would have been worse with the headache anyway), so far I don't have any real side effects.
sumatriptan: I'm 46 yrs old and was diagnosed with cluster headaches in my late 20's. I was prescribed sumatriptan last week due to my new spell which started 2 weeks ago, and the medicine is working great for me. When ones coming on, I take a 50mg pill, and it starts working within minutes. I feel and hear crackling noises in my head, as well as my nasal cavity and eye socket, and miraculously it starts to lift away. In some cases though I had to take a second pill because the first didn't work completely, but within 30 to 45 minutes I'm relaxed and pain free. Since they've taken Cafergot off the market I've been without any medicine at all, trying steroids my neurologist experimented with, which didn't work at all. Sumatriptan is working.
Imitrex (sumatriptan): I've just started taking Imitrex, the first time I took it, I thought I was getting lock jaw. I was quite worried. I took it again the next day though because it did take care of my headache. Since the first time I took it, the side effects have been minor. Hopefully it stays this way.
sumatriptan: This is the first time I have used Sumatriptan , it was Arrow-Sumatriptan injection. I immediately felt a slight pressure in my chest and a pushing in my temples and the base of my skull and felt tired and weak. There was a tingling sensation in my nose and my throat was ultra sensitive. It is an hour since I injected and my cluster headache has eased but not gone away yet. My eye has stopped streaming and nose not running so fast and I look slightly more human. I had hoped for better than this but it is an improvement.
Imitrex (sumatriptan): Imitrex injection is sometimes the only thing that will stop the headache. Even when on Verapamil I can get head bangers that blow through, when this happens Imitrex can be the added push.
Imitrex (sumatriptan): I suffered with cluster headaches for about 15 years before finally receiving an Imitrex injection in the hospital ER. My headache was gone within 5-10 minutes, I thought it was a miracle. I do not leave home without it!
Sumavel DosePro (sumatriptan): It worked to abort a cluster headache. Just as effective, but not any more so, than the needle version of Imitrex/sumatriptan. The injection stung quite a bit and left a fairly nasty welt similar to a wasp sting, and it bled a little bit, but it worked as advertised.
Imitrex Nasal (sumatriptan): If I take Imitrex Nasal spray 20mg in first 2-3 min when symptoms of Cluster Headaches start it's great chance that my headaches will last max 20 min, but sometimes doesn't work at all.
sumatriptan: I've had clusters for as long as I can remember ... but they've gotten worse as I've gotten older. First doc prescribed Frova which didn't help at all, but the most recent doctor I've seen prescribed sumatriptan. I can't believe how quickly this worked. My headaches usually lasted 3 hours even after taking 3-4 Aleve. Sumatriptan has knocked them out in 15 minutes. I feel a bit jittery after, and have extreme taste sensitivity for a few hours, but it's well worth it. This medicine is a miracle.
Imitrex (sumatriptan): Gets rid of my headaches easily but sometimes takes an hour before it works. Taking it on an empty stomach seems to speed up things. The only down side is they are quite expensive even with insurance.
Sumavel DosePro (sumatriptan): I just use the Sumavel, it stings in application area for 2-5 minutes, but my headache was gone in about 5 minutes. I felt little dizzy after wards. Highly recommended and well worth it.
Imitrex (sumatriptan): I have suffered from cluster headaches for over 15 years and have tried almost everything offered by hospitals and over the counter. I recently was given Imitrex in a nasal spray by my doctor and as long as your nasal passage is clear I have found that about five to ten minutes after you taste it in your throat the headaches go away. It is the best medicine I have ever come across for cluster headaches and my days and nights are much better because of it.
Imitrex (sumatriptan): Injections are expensive...but they are the only thing that I have found that work for my cluster headaches. Truly a lifesaver. The burning sensation is ugly, but better than the viciousness ripping of my head to pieces.
Imitrex (sumatriptan): I consider Imitrex to be the geatest medicine in the world, at least as far as my health is concerned. I am never without the auto injector. When a chronic headache comes on, I inject myself, 3 to 4 minutes later ... no pain. My muscles are fatigued and I'm somewhat tired for about 30 minutes, but NO PAIN! ... Yes!
sumatriptan: Sumatripan Injections probably saved my life. The only thing that works on my cluster headaches. The injections are expensive, but my doctor backed me up in my battle with my insurance company. Works in 15 minutes or less, major side effect that I have found is burning but, I'll take that rather than the headache.
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