When and How to Take Sumavel

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Sumavel include the following:
  • Sumavel comes in injectable form. It is injected using pressure, not a needle, just below the skin (subcutaneously). Most people inject this medication themselves.
  • The skin of the abdomen (stomach area, at least two inches away from the navel) or thighs may be used. Other areas, including the arms, should not be used.
  • Use a different area of skin each time, and do not inject into a mole or scar.
  • Your healthcare provider should take the time to teach you exactly how to use the Sumavel DosePro needle-free injection system. If you have questions, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist before using this medication.
  • If your headache comes back or does not go away, a second dose can be taken after waiting at least one hour after the first dose. Let your healthcare provider know if Sumavel does not work completely after one dose.
  • For Sumavel to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.

Dosing Information

There is only one standard recommended dose for this medication, regardless of your weight or the severity of your headache (see Sumavel Dosage for more information).

Side Effects of Sumavel

Just like any medicine, Sumavel may cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. In fact, 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.
Some of the most common side effects seen with Sumavel include:
  • Skin reactions at the injection site
  • Strange sensations, such as tingling or warmth
  • Dizziness or a spinning sensation (vertigo).
(Click Sumavel Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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