One of the medications used to treat migraines is sumatriptan succinate (Imitrex®, Alsuma™, Sumavel®). Although it does not prevent migraines, sumatriptan can help treat migraine symptoms once they start. The medication comes in many forms, including:
- Nasal spray
- Injection (the injectable forms are also approved to treat cluster headaches).
For best results, sumatriptan should be taken as soon as possible once you feel migraine symptoms coming on. Tingling, flushing, dizziness, and warm or cold sensations are some of the most commonly reported side effects.
(To learn more about this medication, including how it works and how it performed in clinical trials, click Sumatriptan.)