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Sumatriptan for Acute Migraine 

Sumatriptan for Acute Migraine
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Sumatriptan for Acute Migraine
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Allison Arch

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199377527.003.0006
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date: 16 September 2019

This chapter provides a summary of a landmark study in headache treatment. Is subcutaneous sumatriptan effective as an abortive therapy for migraine attacks? Starting with that question, it describes the basics of the study, including funding, study location, who was studied, how many patients, study design, study intervention, follow-up, endpoints, results, and criticism and limitations. Researchers found that a single subcutaneous sumatriptan injection rapidly relieved the headache and other symptoms of a migraine attack. It was also well tolerated. Up to a third of responders, however, experienced headache recurrence within 24 hours. The chapter briefly reviews other relevant studies and information, and concludes with a relevant clinical case.

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