Sumavel Uses

Using Sumavel for Cluster Headaches

Cluster headaches are known for their extreme pain and their pattern of occurring in "clusters," usually at the same time(s) of the day for several weeks.
 
Cluster headaches may begin as a minor pain or pressure around one eye or temple. They may also begin as a burning sensation on the nose. The pain quickly intensifies over several minutes, eventually spreading to that side of the face. A cluster headache is often described as constant, deep, excruciating pain, although occasionally it may be pulsing and throbbing. The pain is always on one side of the head.
 
The intense pain of a cluster headache often compels the victim to pace the floor or rock in a chair. This differs from a migraine attack, where the person wants to curl up into bed and be still.
 
 
  • Stuffed and runny nose
  • Droopy eyelid
  • Sweating forehead
  • Pale appearance
  • Red, tearing eye
  • Nausea.
     
As with migraines, Sumavel is used to treat (but not prevent) cluster headaches.
 

How Does the Medication Work?

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

Can Children Use Sumavel?

This medicine is approved only for use in people age 18 and older. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Sumavel in children.
 
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