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Available by prescription only, sumatriptan transdermal is used to treat migraine headaches after they begin. This product comes as a patch that is applied directly on the skin at the first signs of a migraine. You should not use more than two patches in a 24-hour period. Side effects are possible and may include pain, warmth, and itching at the application site.

What Is Sumatriptan Transdermal?

Sumatriptan transdermal (Zecuity™) is a prescription medication approved to treat migraine headaches. It is a transdermal system (TDS), which is a patch that is applied directly on the skin.
Sumatriptan transdermal is used to treat acute migraine attacks. It will not prevent a migraine from occurring or reduce the number of attacks you have. The sumatriptan transdermal patch uses two coin cell lithium batteries to produce a low electrical current to deliver the drug through the skin.
(Click What Is Sumatriptan Transdermal Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, sumatriptan transdermal can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
The most common side effects seen with sumatriptan transdermal include:
  • Pain at the patch application site
  • "Pins and needles" sensations
  • Itching
  • Warmth.
(Click Sumatriptan Transdermal Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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