Sumatriptan contraindications and warnings


Following is information on contraindications to the use of sumatriptan in general, pregnancy & amp; Breastfeeding and children. Please note that the contraindications may vary depending on the dosage form of a drug (eg tablet, syringe, ointment).

When should sumatriptan not be used?

Sumatriptan should not be used at

  • Hypersensitivity to the active substance
  • Patients who have suffered a heart attack in the past or have other conditions related to constriction or congestion of blood vessels such as stroke, angina pectoris or arterial circulatory disorders (intermittent claudication)
  • severe liver dysfunction
  • forms of migraine resulting from a circulatory disorder (basilar migraine) associated with ocular muscle paralysis (opthalmoplegia) or hemiplegic paralysis (hemiplegic migraine)
  • moderate to severe high blood pressure and mild uncontrolled high blood pressure.

Only after a careful benefit-risk assessment by a physician, the application for serious nerve diseases, in patients who may have a non-medically diagnosed angina (smokers, men over 40 years, women in and after menopause) , in case of hypersensitivity to sulfonamides and in case of impaired liver or kidney function. Furthermore, patients who are prone to seizures, and persons in which the absorption or excretion of drugs is changed to use the drug only after careful consideration by the doctor.

What should you watch out for during pregnancy and lactation?

In pregnancy sumatriptan should only be used after a strict risk-benefit assessment by a doctor.

During lactation, breast-feeding should not be stopped 24 hours after ingestion.

What should be considered in children?

Children under 18 should not take Sumatriptan.

An exception is the nasal spray, which may also be used by children over the age of twelve under medical supervision.

Warnings and Precautions

  • If the hands, toes and face turn blue during treatment, seek medical advice.
  • Reactivity may be affected by the drug.

Sometimes medications release allergic reactions.
If you notice any signs of allergic reaction, tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately.