The name of your medicine is APO-Sumatriptan. It contains the active ingredient sumatriptan (as sumatriptan succinate).
This medicine belongs to a group of drugs called serotonin agonists. It is used to relieve a migraine attack. It should not be used to prevent migraine attacks from occurring. This medicine may be used for migraine headaches with or without what is known as 'aura'.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you. Your doctor may have prescribed this medicine for another reason.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
It is thought that migraine headache is due to widening of certain blood vessels in the head. This medicine work by making those vessels normal again and ease the symptoms of migraine.
This medicine does not work in other types of headache which are not a migraine.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.
The effectiveness of this medicine has not been established in adolescents between 12 and 17; and the safety and effectiveness of this medicine in children under the age of 12 years has not been established.
It is not recommended that people over 65 use this medicine.
Do not take this medicine if:
Before you start taking this medicine, tell your doctor if:
1. You have allergies to:
2. You are currently pregnant or you plan to become pregnant. Do not take this medicine whilst pregnant until you and your doctor have discussed the risks and benefits involved.
3. You are currently breastfeeding or you plan to breastfeed. Do not take this medicine whilst breastfeeding until you and your doctor have discussed the risks and benefits involved.
4. You have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
5. You are planning to have surgery or an anaesthetic.
6. You are currently receiving or are planning to receive dental treatment
7. You are taking or are planning to take any other medicines, or you have taken any medicine in the last 2 weeks. This includes vitamins and supplements that are available from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines may interact with sumatriptan. These include:
Do not take this medicine with MAOIs or for two weeks after stopping taking a MAOI
Do not take sumatriptan for 24 hours before or after taking another triptan.
You should not take sumatriptan for 24 hours after taking ergotamine-type medicines and you should not take ergotamine type medicines for 6 hours after taking sumatriptan.
If you are taking any of these you may need a different dose or you may need to take different medicines.
Other medicines not listed above may also interact with sumatriptan.
Follow carefully all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist. Their instructions may be different to the information in this leaflet.
Your doctor or pharmacist will tell you how much of this medicine you should take. This will depend on your condition and whether you are taking any other medicines.
The recommended starting dose for adults is 50 mg, however you may need to have your dose increased to 100 mg. If you have liver problems the dose may be smaller. Your doctor will tell you which dose is right for you.
If the first tablet helps your migraine, but the migraine comes back later, you may take another tablet.
If the first dose has not provided any relief from your symptoms do not take any more sumatriptan and go to see your doctor again.
If your doctor says it is OK, you may use this medicine again, if you get another migraine.
Do not take more than 300 mg of this medicine in any 24 hours.
Six pink (50 mg strength) or three white (100 mg strength) tablets contain 300 mg.
You may take your usual headache relief medication provided it does not contain ergotamine, methysergide, naratriptan or zolmitriptan. If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This medicine should be swallowed with a drink of water. Do not crush or chew this medicine as it has a bitter taste.
It is best to take this medicine:
If you take this medicine later during the migraine attack, it will still work for you.
Do not take this medicine before the above symptoms occur.
It does not matter if you take it before, with or after food.
This medicine is not to be used on a regular basis. Use it only when you have migraine symptoms, and if the tablets do not relieve your migraine then do not take any more for that migraine.
If you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much of this medicine, immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (Tel: 13 11 26 in Australia) for advice. Alternatively go to the Accident and Emergency Department at your nearest hospital.
Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.
Tell your doctor that you are taking this medicine if:
Tell any other doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you take this medicine.
This medicine may cause drowsiness in some people.
Be careful when driving or operating machinery until you know how this medicine affects you.
If you use this medicine too often, it may make your headache worse. If this happens, your doctor may tell you to stop taking this medicine.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking sumatriptan or if you have any questions or concerns.
Do not be alarmed by the following lists of side effects. You may not experience any of them. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious but most of the time they are not.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you.
This list includes the more common side effects. Mostly, these are mild and short-lived:
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following.
These may be serious side effects. You may need medical attention. Most of these side effects are rare.
If you experience any of the following, stop taking your medicine and contact your doctor immediately or go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital.
These are very serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation.
Other side effects not listed above may occur in some patients.
If you think you are having an allergic reaction to sumatriptan, tell your doctor immediately or go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include some or all of the following:
Keep your medicine in its original packaging until it is time to take it.
If you take your medicine out of its original packaging it may not keep well.
Keep your medicine in a cool dry place where the temperature will stay below 30°C.
Do not store your medicine, or any other medicine, in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it on a window sill or in the car. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep this medicine where children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
If your doctor or pharmacist tells you to stop taking this medicine or they have passed their expiry date, your pharmacist can dispose of the remaining medicine safely.
APO-Sumatriptan tablets are available in two different strengths.
50 mg tablets are pink coloured, capsule shaped, biconvex film coated tablets, debossed with '50' on one side and plain on the other side.
They are available in blister packs containing 2 or 4 tablets.
100 mg tablets are white, capsule shaped, biconvex film coated tablets debossed with '100' on one side and plain on the other side.
They are available in blister packs containing 2 tablets.
Not all strengths, pack types and/or pack sizes may be available.
Each tablet contains 50 mg or 100 mg of sumatriptan (as sumatriptan succinate) as the active ingredient.
It also contains the following inactive ingredients:
This medicine is gluten-free, sucrose-free, tartrazine-free and free of other azo dyes.
APO-Sumatriptan 50 mg tablets: AUST R 160188.
APO-Sumatriptan 100 mg tablets: AUST R 160196.