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Sumatriptan Transdermal Side Effects

Common Side Effects

Sumatriptan transdermal has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people using the drug were carefully documented and compared to those that occurred in a similar group of people using a patch that did not contain any active ingredient (a placebo). As a result, it was possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the placebo.
Based on these studies, the most common sumatriptan transdermal side effects were reactions at the site of the patch, including:
  • Pain -- in up to 26 percent of people
  • Tingling and pricking sensations ("pins and needles") -- up to 9 percent
  • Itching -- up to 8 percent
  • Warmth -- up to 6 percent
  • Discomfort -- up to 6 percent
  • Irritation -- up to 4 percent
  • Change in skin color -- up to 3 percent.
In addition, most people have skin redness after removing the sumatriptan transdermal patch. The redness usually goes away within 24 hours.

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the sumatriptan transdermal side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while using this patch or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to the medication, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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