Alsuma Uses

Using Alsuma for Migraines

Migraine headaches are different from other headaches in many ways. Some of the most common migraine symptoms include:
  • Headache pain on one side of the head
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Throbbing headache pain
  • Nausea
  • Upset stomach
  • Vomiting
  • Unusual vision changes.
Some people may have an aura before their migraines occur. An aura can be any unusual sign that a migraine is about to happen, including vision changes, numbness, tingling, or speech changes. The most common type of aura is visual, which can include seeing spots, tunnel vision, or other vision changes. Some people have migraine triggers, which are certain foods, drinks, or situations that seem to lead to a migraine (see Migraine Diet for more information).
Alsuma is approved for migraines with or without aura. Due to the way it works, Alsuma will not help for migraine prevention. This medicine is used to lessen the pain and other symptoms of a migraine once it starts.

How Does This Medicine Work?

Alsuma belongs to a class of migraine medications called 5-HT agonists, or more commonly known as "triptans." During a migraine or cluster headache, some of the blood vessels in the head open wider than normal (dilate). Alsuma works by narrowing these blood vessels, helping to return them to their normal state. This action helps to relieve symptoms of cluster headaches or migraines.

Is It Safe for Children to Use Alsuma?

Alsuma is approved for use in adults age 18 years and older. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using this medicine in children.
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