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Precautions and Warnings With Sumatriptan Transdermal

Specific Sumatriptan Transdermal Precautions and Warnings

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using sumatriptan transdermal include the following:
 
  • Because sumatriptan transdermal contains metal parts, you will need to remove it before you undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
 
  • Sumatriptan transdermal can cause a potentially serious skin reaction known as allergic contact dermatitis. You should stop using this medication if you develop signs of this condition, which may include:
    • Redness
    • Irritation
    • Blistering
    • Peeling
    • Itching
    • Warmth
    • Tenderness of the skin.

If you have had allergic contact dermatitis in the past and need to take a medicine that contains sumatriptan (the active ingredient in sumatriptan transdermal) in another form, such as by mouth or as an injection, you should receive your first dose at your healthcare provider's office to make sure you don't have a reaction to it. Some people who develop an allergic contact dermatitis from sumatriptan transdermal may not be able to use sumatriptan again in any form.
 
  • Although rare, sumatriptan can cause heart-related side effects, including strokes, heart attacks, and heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias) (see Imitrex and Heart Problems for more information). These problems can be serious enough to cause hospitalization and death. Seek medical attention if you have signs of heart problems, such as:
    • Chest pain
    • Shortness of breath
    • Weakness
    • Slurring speech.
   
  • Sumatriptan transdermal can cause dizziness and drowsiness, which could affect your reflexes. Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or perform any activity that requires you to be alert until you know how this medicine affects you.
 
  • This medication can cause spasms in the blood vessels of the arms, legs, stomach, intestines, or other areas of the body. You should let your healthcare provider know right away if you have signs of blood vessel problems in these areas, including but not limited to:
    • Sudden or severe abdominal (stomach) pain
    • Unexplained weight loss
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Fever
    • Bloody diarrhea
    • Pain, cramping, weakness, or muscle tightness in your legs or hips
    • Changes in color or sensation in your fingers or toes
    • Burning, aching, tingling, numbness, or coldness in your feet or toes.
 
  • People who use this medication too often may have worsening of their headaches. This is known as medication overuse headache. If your headaches get worse, you may need to stop using sumatriptan transdermal. You may want to keep a headache diary to keep track of how often you have a headache and how often you use this medication each month.
     
  • Triptans, including sumatriptan transdermal, can cause a dangerous group of symptoms known as serotonin syndrome, especially when used in combination with antidepressant medicines that work on the brain chemical serotonin (see Drug Interactions With Sumatriptan Transdermal). Contact your healthcare provider right away if you have signs of serotonin syndrome, including:
    • Confusion
    • Agitation
    • Seeing or hearing things that are not real (hallucinations)
    • Fast heartbeat
    • Changes in blood pressure, which could cause dizziness or fainting
    • Sweating or a high body temperature
    • Muscle spasms
    • Difficulty walking
    • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
 
  • There have been rare cases of dangerously high blood pressure (hypertension) occurring during treatment with triptan medicines, such as sumatriptan transdermal, even in people whose blood pressure was normal before using the medicine. Your healthcare provider may choose to monitor your blood pressure during treatment. People who have uncontrolled hypertension should not use sumatriptan transdermal.
 
  • Some people can have serious allergic reactions (known as an anaphylactic reaction) to this medicine. This is a life-threatening type of reaction. Seek immediate medical attention if you have signs of a serious allergic reaction, including:
    • An unexplained rash
    • Itching
    • Swelling of the face, mouth, or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Dizziness or fainting
    • Sweating
    • A fast or pounding heartbeat.
 
  • Do not wear the patch near or over areas where you have another electrically active medical device, such as a cardiac pacemaker or an insulin pump
 
  • There have been reports of seizures occurring after the use of sumatriptan. Sumatriptan transdermal should be used with caution in people who have previously had a seizure or are at risk for seizures.
 
  • This medication comes with a guide that describes the correct way to use it. Make sure to read this guide each time you get your prescription filled.
   
  • It is unknown if sumatriptan transdermal passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to using the patch (see Zecuity and Breastfeeding).
 
  • Sumatriptan transdermal is a pregnancy Category C medication, which means it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Zecuity and Pregnancy).
 
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