sumatriptan (injection) (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my health care provider before using sumatriptan injection (Alsuma, Imitrex, Imitrex Statdose, Imitrex Statdose Refill, Sumavel DosePro)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to sumatriptan, or if you have:
Do not use sumatriptan if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 14 days.
To make sure you can safely use sumatriptan, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether sumatriptan will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
Your name may need to be listed on a sumatriptan pregnancy registry when you start using this medication.
Sumatriptan can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not breast-feed within 12 hours after using a sumatriptan injection. If you use a breast pump during this time, throw out any milk you collect. Do not feed it to your baby.
This medicine should not be given to anyone under 18 or over 65 years of age.
How should I use sumatriptan injection (Alsuma, Imitrex, Imitrex Statdose, Imitrex Statdose Refill, Sumavel DosePro)?
Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Overuse of migraine headache medicine can actually make your headaches worse.
Sumatriptan is injected under the skin. You may be shown how to use injections at home. Do not self inject this medicine if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of used needles and syringes.
This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Use sumatriptan as soon as you notice headache symptoms, or after an attack has already begun.
Your doctor may want to give your first dose of this medicine in a hospital or clinic setting to see if you have any serious side effects.
Sumatriptan injection comes in a vial (bottle), in a prefilled cartridge to be loaded into an auto-injector syringe (Imitrex Statdose), or in a needle-free injector device (Sumavel DosePro). Each vial, cartridge, or needle-free device is for one use only.
After using an injection: If your headache does not completely go away after the injection, call your doctor before using a second sumatriptan injection. If your headache goes away and then comes back, you may use a second injection if it has been at least one hour since your first injection. Do not use more than two (2) injections in 24 hours. If your symptoms do not improve, contact your doctor before using any more injections.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date on the label has passed.
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