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Sumatriptan Side EffectsAs with any medicine, side effects of sumatriptan are possible. However, not everyone who takes the medicine will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it well. If side effects occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
- Warm or cold sensations
- Feelings of heaviness, pressure, or tightness
- Flushing (redness of the skin, especially of the face)
- Chest discomfort.
Drug InteractionsSumatriptan can potentially interact with a number of other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Sumatriptan for more information).
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking sumatriptan if you have:
- Heart problems of any kind, especially a history of heart disease, angina, an irregular heart rhythm, or a heart attack
- A history of a stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA or "mini-stroke), or other bleeding in the brain (such as a subarachnoid hemorrhage)
- Certain blood vessel conditions, such as peripheral vascular disease, ischemic bowel disease, or Raynaud's phenomenon
- Kidney problems, including kidney failure (renal failure)
- Liver problems, including liver failure or cirrhosis
- A history of seizures
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Is Imitrex Safe During Pregnancy?)
- Are breastfeeding
- Have a family history of heart disease
- Have gone through menopause.