Alsuma and Heart Problems
Clinical research has shown that Alsuma can cause potentially serious heart problems. Alsuma should not be used in people with certain heart conditions, including heart disease and certain types of angina. It also should be used with caution in those who have high blood pressure, diabetes, or other risk factors for heart disease.
Can Alsuma Cause Heart Problems?Alsuma™ (sumatriptan) is a prescription medication used to treat migraine headaches and cluster headaches. It belongs to a class of drugs known as 5-HT agonists, or more commonly just "triptans."
Just like any medication, Alsuma can cause side effects, including potentially serious reactions. Heart problems are one of them. For this reason, people with a history of heart problems should not use Alsuma. For those with risk factors for heart problems, this drug should be used with caution.
Recommendations for People With Heart Problems on Alsuma UseFor people with certain heart problems, Alsuma should not be used. This includes people with:
- Coronary heart disease (more commonly referred to as just heart disease)
- Stable angina
- Unstable angina
- Variant angina (also known as Prinzmetal's angina).
In addition, Alsuma should not be used by people with a history of heart attack, stroke, or transient ischemic attack (TIA or mini-stroke).
This medication should be used with caution in people with possible risk factors for heart disease. In fact, you should be evaluated for heart disease before starting treatment with Alsuma if you have certain risk factors, such as:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High cholesterol
- A family history of heart disease
- Men over the age of 40
- Postmenopausal women.
If you have any of these heart disease risk factors, it is strongly recommended that you take your first dose of Alsuma in your healthcare provider's office so that you can be closely monitored.
For anyone using Alsuma, call your healthcare provider or 911 right away if you have any possible symptoms of a heart attack, such as:
- Chest pain
- Chest tightness
- Shortness of breath.