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Sumatriptan Transdermal Dosage

If you are going to use sumatriptan transdermal to treat migraines, the skin patch will deliver 6.5 mg of the medicine over four hours. This is the standard dosage of sumatriptan transdermal for everyone. However, if your symptoms do not improve or the migraine returns, you may use another patch, but do not use more than two patches in a 24-hour period.


An Introduction to Your Dosage of Sumatriptan Transdermal

There is only one standard recommended dose of sumatriptan transdermal (Zecuity™). As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.

Recommended Sumatriptan Transdermal Dosing Guidelines

The usual recommended dose of sumatriptan transdermal for treating migraine headaches is one patch, applied to the upper arm or thigh, as soon as a migraine begins. The patch delivers 6.5 mg of the active ingredient (sumatriptan) over four hours.
Sumatriptan transdermal patch uses a mild electrical current to deliver medicine through your skin. Once you apply the patch, you will need to push the red activation button to activate it. After the button is pushed, the red light-emitting diode (LED) will turn on, indicating the patch is delivering the medicine. The LED light will go off when dosing is complete, which may take up to four hours.
You may remove the patch after four hours, or as soon as the light turns off. After removing the patch, fold it so the adhesive side sticks to itself and dispose of it away from children and pets.
If you do not get complete relief from sumatriptan transdermal, or if your headache returns, you may use another patch. Just make sure it has been at least two hours since you activated the first patch. Also, do not use more than two patches in a 24-hour period.

General Information on Using Sumatriptan Transdermal

Some considerations to keep in mind during treatment with sumatriptan transdermal include the following:
  • This medication comes in the form of a skin patch. The patch is applied directly to the skin as needed when a migraine occurs.
  • Sumatriptan transdermal should be applied to the upper arm or thigh only on a dry, intact, hairless area of skin that is free from scars, tattoos, cuts, or irritation. Only use one patch at a time.
  • Do not cut sumatriptan transdermal patches; they must be used whole.
  • Do not apply a new patch to a previously used area of your skin, unless that area has been free from redness for at least three days.
  • Once applied, you will need to activate the patch by pressing the activation button. Sumatriptan transdermal must be applied and activated within 15 minutes of assembly. 
  • Remove the patch four hours after you put it on, or when the red activation light turns off. The light will turn off when the complete dose has been delivered.
  • Do not swim, bathe, or shower while wearing sumatriptan transdermal.
  • It is unknown if using more than four patches in one month is safe.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. Sumatriptan transdermal comes with instructions that explain exactly how to use it. Make sure to read and follow these instructions closely.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage of sumatriptan transdermal, please talk with your healthcare provider, nurse, or pharmacist.
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