Sumavel is approved to treat (not prevent) the symptoms of migraines and cluster headaches. This prescription medication is only approved for use in adults, and is categorized as a 5-HT agonist. It works by constricting the blood vessels in the head that have become dilated during a migraine or cluster headache. There are no approved off-label uses for Sumavel at this time.
What Is Sumavel Used For?Sumavel™ DosePro™ (sumatriptan injection) is a prescription cluster headache and migraine medication. It is used to treat -- not prevent -- such headaches and is administered as a needle-free injection just below the skin (subcutaneously).
Using Sumavel for MigrainesMigraine 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
- Upset stomach (nausea) and 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 (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).
Sumavel is used for migraines with or without aura. Due to the way it works, this medication will not help for migraine prevention. Sumavel is taken to lessen the pain and other symptoms of a migraine once it starts.