Alsuma Side Effects
If you are treating migraines or cluster headaches with Alsuma, you should be aware of possible reactions that need to be reported to your healthcare provider. For instance, seek prompt medical treatment if you experience potentially serious problems like vision loss, seizures, or bloody diarrhea. Some of the more commonly reported Alsuma side effects include dizziness, weakness, and neck pain.
An Introduction to Alsuma Side Effects
Just like any medicine, Alsuma may cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If reactions 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.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Alsuma. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
Common Side Effects of AlsumaAlsuma and other forms of injectable sumatriptan have been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people given the drug were documented and then compared to those that occurred in a similar group of people given a placebo (a medicine that does not contain any active ingredients). As a result, it was possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the group given the placebo.
In these studies, some of the most common side effects of Alsuma and other forms of injectable sumatriptan included:
- Skin reactions at the injection site -- in up to 59 percent of people
- Abnormal sensations, such as tingling, warmth or burning, pressure, tightness, or numbness -- up to 42 percent
- Dizziness or a spinning sensation (vertigo) -- up to 12 percent
- Flushing (redness of the skin, especially the face) -- up to 7 percent
- Chest discomfort -- up to 5 percent
- Weakness -- up to 5 percent
- Neck pain or stiffness -- up to 5 percent.
Other common reactions, occurring in up to 2 percent to 3 percent of people, included but were not limited to:
- Chest tightness
- Nasal or sinus discomfort
- Jaw discomfort
- Muscle pain