Sumatripton (spelling?) 
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 Sumatripton (spelling?)

I recently heard of some testing of a new migraine drug called sumatripton
(I have no idea of the actual spelling) that supposedly utilizes a chemical
that trips neuro-transmitters.  My mother has regular migraines and nothing
seems to help - does anyone know anything about this new drug?  Is it in
a testing phaze or anywhere near approval?  Does it seem to be working?

Any information would help.

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Thanks in advance,

-Rox
--

"Virtue is a relative term."



Mon, 16 Oct 1995 07:04:47 GMT
 Sumatripton (spelling?)


Quote:

> I recently heard of some testing of a new migraine drug called sumatripton
> (I have no idea of the actual spelling) that supposedly utilizes a chemical
> that trips neuro-transmitters.  My mother has regular migraines and nothing
> seems to help - does anyone know anything about this new drug?  Is it in
> a testing phaze or anywhere near approval?  Does it seem to be working?

My girlfriend just started taking this drug for her migranes.  It really
helped her get through the rebound withdrawl when she got off analgesics.
She doesn't have a mail account, but asked me to forward this:

"Glaxo is the distributor; Imitrex is the drug's brand name.  It works.
She can call her pharmacy for more info. The "miracle" drug has been used
for years in Europe and for some time in Canada.  Trials in the U.S. were
completed and the drug hit the US market at the end of March.  Some
pharmacies don't stock it yet.  Presently it needs to be injected
subcutaneously; although testing is starting with a nasal spray form.  It
mimics serotonin (its molecular structure that fits onto pain receptors
looks identical to serotonin on a model I saw)"

Opinions are mine or others but definately not MDA's!

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Tue, 17 Oct 1995 06:23:12 GMT
 Sumatripton (spelling?)
It just received FDA approval a few months ago. I have a
prescription which I haven't had to use yet. I believe the
company [Glaxol] is developing an {*filter*}form. At this stage, one
must inject the drug into one's muscle. The doctor said that
within 30 minutes, the migraine is gone for good!


Tue, 17 Oct 1995 06:48:24 GMT
 Sumatripton (spelling?)

Quote:
>I recently heard of some testing of a new migraine drug called
>sumatripton (I have no idea of the actual spelling) that supposedly
>utilizes a chemical that trips neuro-transmitters.  My mother has
>regular migraines and nothing seems to help - does anyone know anything
>about this new drug?  Is it in a testing phaze or anywhere near
>approval?  Does it seem to be working?

I just got back from the American Academy of Neurology annual meeting,
where the consensus was that sumatriptan (Imitrex) has no advantages
over DHE-45 nasal spray, which is much less expensive, has fewer side
effects, is as effective, and works more quickly (5-10 minutes vs. 30).
Besides, who wants to give themselves a shot (sumatriptan) when a nasal
spray works?  DHE nasal spray is not widely available yet -- it has to
be mail ordered from one of a few pharmacies in the country -- but most
neurologists now know about it and know how to order it.


This is patently absurd; but whoever wishes to become a philosopher
must learn not to be frightened by absurdities. -- Bertrand Russell



Tue, 17 Oct 1995 15:33:43 GMT
 
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