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sumatriptan succinate (imitrex)

available over the counter: no

uses: to treat severe acute migraine headaches; used when other treatments are ineffective

mechanism of action: causes constriction of blood vessels in the brain

side effects
• common:
general feeling of warmth or heat, feeling of numbness, tightness or tingling; pain in jaw, mouth, tongue, throat; muscle aches, cramps
• less common: mild chest pain, pressure in chest or neck
• serious: chest pain, wheezing, shortness of breath, puffiness or swelling of eyelids

concerns: rare but serious heart related problems may occur; do not drive or operate heavy machinery


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