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Although the primary endpoint only just failed, the results of this pragmatic outcomes study demonstrate SNC to have benefits over its concomitantly administered components in the acute treatment of migraine.
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In the comparison with commercially available intranasal sumatriptan 20 mg, DFN-02 had a more rapid absorption profile; tmax was 15 minutes for DFN-02 monodose, 10.2 minutes for DFN-02 multidose, and 2.0 hours for commercially available intranasal sumatriptan 20 mg. Compared with 4 and 6 mg subcutaneous sumatriptan, DFN-02's median tmax (10 minutes) was significantly earlier (15 minutes; P < .0001). Mean sumatriptan exposure metrics were similar for DFN-02 and 4 mg sumatriptan: AUC0-2 : 35.12 and 44.82 ng*hour/mL, respectively; AUC0-∞ : 60.70 and 69.21 ng*hour/mL, respectively; Cmax : 51.79 and 49.07 ng/mL, respectively. With 6 mg subcutaneous sumatriptan, these exposure metrics were about 50% larger (AUC0-2 : 67.17 ng*hour/mL; AUC0-∞ : 103.78 ng*hour/mL; Cmax : 72.75 ng/mL). Inter-subject variability of AUC0-2 , AUC0-∞ , and Cmax was 42-58% for DFN-02, 15-22% for 4 mg subcutaneous sumatriptan, and 15-25% for 6 mg subcutaneous sumatriptan. DDM exposure was low (mean Cmax : 1.63 ng/mL), tmax was 30 minutes, and it was undetectable by 4 hours. There were no serious adverse events, discontinuations due to adverse events, or remarkable findings for vital signs, physical examinations (including nasal and injection site examinations), or clinical laboratory assessments. The overall incidence of adverse events was comparable across treatments, and all treatment-related events were mild in severity. Adverse events occurring in ≥10% of subjects were dysgeusia (19%), headache (18%), nausea (15%), paresthesia (15%), and dizziness (12%).
The recent publication of drug formularies by third-party payers has serious implications for the practice of medicine. These formularies list the medications for which the consumer can be reimbursed by the third-party payer. The most restrictive of the five formularies I have received lists only two agents for the treatment of migraine headaches: Cafergot (at an incorrect dose of 1/100 mg) and Ergotrate which is no longer available. The most liberal of the formularies lists analgesics, Cafergot, Midrin, and Imitrex for the treatment of acute attacks, and as prophylactic agents, Inderal, Sansert, and analgesics (known to cause rebound headaches when used in this fashion in migraine patients). Abortive agents of proven value, such as DHE-45 and NSAIDs, and preventative medications, such as calcium channel blockers, tricyclic antidepressants, serotonin reuptake inhibitors, methylergonovine, and divalproex sodium, are not available. No one could quarrel with a goal of developing a cost-effective formulary. However, the authors of these formularies have clearly demonstrated their inability to provide even a current, accurate, and adequate formulary by existent standards of care in the treatment of migraine headache. While it is easy to criticize these formularies, it is more difficult to develop a comprehensive list that would satisfy the practitioners' need to provide relief for their patients with a minimum of side effects, and the needs of third-party payers (presumed) to provide quality care at the most economical level.
There is evidence that serotonin may be implicated in the pathophysiology of myofascial pain (MFP). Because of this, we used oral sumatriptan (Imitrex, Glaxo), a peripherally acting agonist of 5-HT1D receptors, in a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled double crossover pilot study of 7 patients with episodic MFP of the temporalis muscles. The results showed that there was a significant reduction in pain intensity and increase in pain relief over time with both the active medication and the placebo, but no significant difference between treatments. All but 1 patient reported that they are not interested in retaking the same medication. These data suggest that oral sumatriptan may not be the drug of choice in the control of episodic MFP.
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Sumatriptan (Imitrex), a selective 5-hydroxytryptamine receptor agonist, has been found to be of therapeutic benefit in the acute management of migraine. There is no information on the transfer of this agent across the human placenta. Accordingly, the current study assessed the transport of this drug across the normal term human placenta, using the isolated perfused single cotyledon technique. We found that only about 15% of a single dose of the agent placed in the maternal reservoir crossed into the fetal compartment over 4 hr. Given the average elimination half-life of 2 hr for sumatriptan, it is evident that only very small amounts of the agent will cross from mother to fetus after single doses of Imitrex. Only the parent drug entered the fetal compartment. Metabolites were not detected in the perfusates, but there was evidence of some metabolism of sumatriptan in the placenta. The nature of the metabolites has not been determined. The mechanism of transfer of the drug across the placenta is passive (i.e., the clearance is similar to L-glucose which is passively transported), the rate of transfer is equal in both directions (maternal to fetal and in the reverse), and the drug does not cross into the fetus against a concentration gradient. This passive transport of sumatriptan across the placenta is consistent with its molecular weight, its water solubility, and its slow penetration across the blood-brain barrier in experimental animals.
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Both weight and BMI correlated negatively with each exposure metric for each treatment group. Across all treatment groups, AUC0-2 for subjects with BMI less than or equal to median value was 1.03-1.12 times the value for subjects with BMI more than median value. For subjects with BMI less than or equal to median value receiving DFN-11, median AUC0-2 was slightly less than that for subjects with BMI more than median value receiving Imitrex 4 mg and larger than that for subjects with BMI more than median value receiving Imitrex 3 mg. Results were similar for the other exposure metrics and for weight. Exposure was higher in women than in men, which can be attributed in part to differences in weight. There was no relationship between exposure and age. For DFN-11, AUC0-2 and AUC0-∞ were lower in nonwhites compared with whites; the ratio of median values was 0.84 and 0.89, respectively. A similar, nonstatistically significant, trend was observed in the other products (ratio of median values ranging from 0.84 to 0.89).
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This double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study of the acute treatment of migraine investigated the efficacy and tolerability of oral sumatriptan 100 mg (Imitrex) administered for up to nine attacks compared with placebo administered for up to three attacks. Patients were randomized to receive oral sumatriptan 100 mg or placebo on an outpatient basis in a 3:1 ratio for three four-attack blocks. Headache relief 4 hours postdose was observed in 59 to 65% of patients after sumatriptan treatment compared with 18 to 23% of patients after placebo treatment across three four-attack blocks (p < 0.005). For each block, oral sumatriptan 100 mg was also significantly more effective than placebo at relieving clinical disability and nausea and vomiting. Efficacy on all these measures was consistently maintained with repeated administration. Oral sumatriptan 100 mg was well tolerated, and repeated administration did not alter the pattern or severity of adverse events. These data demonstrate that the efficacy and tolerability of oral sumatriptan 100 mg was consistently maintained with repeated administration for up to nine separate migraine attacks.
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There is no correlation between the use of sumatriptan for relief of migraine headaches and the generation of epithelial defects during LASIK. There appears to be no reason to stop triptans before proceeding with LASIK.
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Subcutaneous (s.c.) injection of sumatriptan is currently associated with needle aversion in some patients, and sharps disposal issues.
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The efficacy and tolerability of oral sumatriptan (Imitrex tablets) were assessed in 187 migraineurs enrolled in a randomized, double-blind, parallel-group, placebo-controlled study. In the clinic, patients received oral sumatriptan 25 mg, 50 mg, or 100 mg, or placebo, for the treatment of a migraine attack. The results demonstrate that by 2 hours postdose, 52 to 57% of patients treated with sumatriptan 25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg compared with 17% of patients treated with placebo achieved relief of headache (p < 0.05 for each sumatriptan group vs placebo). By 4 hours postdose, 65 to 78% of sumatriptan-treated patients compared with 19% of placebo-treated patients achieved relief of headache (p < 0.05 for each sumatriptan group vs placebo). Oral sumatriptan also effectively relieved nausea and photophobia and improved clinical disability. No serious or unusual adverse events were reported, and the pattern and incidence of adverse events did not vary among the sumatriptan doses. Each dose--25 mg, 50 mg, or 100 mg--of sumatriptan was effective and generally well tolerated.
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This randomized, double-blind, parallel-group, placebo-controlled study evaluated the efficacy and tolerability of oral sumatriptan (Imitrex tablets) in 259 migraineurs. In the clinic, patients received oral sumatriptan 25 mg, 50 mg, or 100 mg, or placebo for the treatment of a migraine attack. The results indicate that by 2 hours post-dose, 50 to 56% of patients treated with any of the three doses, compared with 26% of patients treated with placebo, achieved relief of headache (p < 0.05 for each sumatriptan group vs placebo). By 4 hours postdose, 68 to 71% of sumatriptan-treated patients, compared with 38% of placebo-treated patients, achieved relief of headache (p < 0.05 for each sumatriptan group vs placebo). Oral sumatriptan was similarly effective at relieving nausea and photophobia and at reducing clinical disability. The pattern and incidence of adverse events did not differ between treatment groups. All doses--25 mg, 50 mg, and 100 mg--of sumatriptan were effective and generally well tolerated. Dosing should be individualized according to the needs of the patient.
Efficacy and tolerability profiles of Treximet [sumatriptan/naproxen sodium combination tablet (SNC)] have been established in clinical trials but have to date been virtually unstudied in pragmatic research. The primary objective of this study was to compare the overall satisfaction of SNC to its monotherapy components, S/N [one 100 mg Imitrex tablet (S) and two Aleve (naproxen sodium) 220 mg tablets, total dose 440 mg (N)] administered concomitantly using the Patient Perception of Migraine Questionnaire -Revised (PPMQ-R).
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Adults with migraine (n = 50) without 'medication overuse headache' were treated for up to 18 migraine attacks per 3-month study period with study medication; SNC during one study period and S/N during the other study period. For all endpoints, differences between treatments were compared with paired t tests.
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Intranasal sumatriptan (Imitrex(®) ) may be an alternative for patients who refuse injections and cannot tolerate oral agents, but due to low bioavailability and slow absorption, the clinical utility of the currently marketed formulation is limited, highlighting an unmet need for an effective non-oral migraine medication with a rapid onset of action. To overcome the slow absorption profile associated with intranasal administration, we evaluated the impact of 1-O-n-Dodecyl-β-D-Maltopyranoside (DDM, Intravail A-3™), a permeation enhancer, on sumatriptan's pharmacokinetic profile by comparing the pharmacokinetic characteristics of two commercial sumatriptan products, 4 mg subcutaneous and 6 mg subcutaneous in healthy adults, with DFN-02 - a novel intranasal agent comprised of sumatriptan 10 mg plus 0.20% DDM. We also determined the pharmacokinetic characteristics of DDM and evaluated its safety and tolerability.
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Several sumatriptan subcutaneous autoinjector devices for acute treatment of migraine patients are available, each device differs with respect to design and features. Determining device preference and ease of use is important because patients experiencing a migraine attack are often functionally impaired.
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We conducted three pharmacokinetic studies of subcutaneous sumatriptan in 98 healthy adults. Sumatriptan was administered subcutaneously (236 administrations) as either DFN-11 3 mg, a novel 0.5 mL autoinjector being developed by Dr. Reddy's Laboratories; Imitrex(®) (Sumatriptan) injection 3 mg or 6 mg (6 mg/0.5 mL); or Imitrex STATdose 4 mg or 6 mg (0.5 mL). Blood was sampled for 12 hours to determine sumatriptan Cp. Maximum Cp (Cmax), area under the curve during the first 2 hours (AUC0-2), and total area under the curve (AUC0-∞) were determined using noncompartmental methods. Post hoc analyses were conducted to determine the relationship between these exposure metrics and each of body weight, BMI, age, sex, and race (categorized as white, black, or others).
The objective of this human factors study was to compare migraine patients' device use performance and preferences for three sumatriptan subcutaneous autoinjectors: a disposable two-step device (Zembrace(®) SymTouch(®)), a disposable three-step device (Sumavel(®) DosePro(®)), and a multistep reloadable device (Imitrex(®) STATdose(®)), using simulated injections.
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A total of 54 subjects participated and each subject performed two simulated injections with each of the three devices. Most subjects preferred the two-step device (88.9%) to the three-step (13.0%) and the reloadable (1.9%). The two-step device had higher mean overall preference ratings (F (2, 159)=56.6, P<0.01) and higher ratings for ease of use, intuitiveness, convenience, portability, and control. The two-step device had a first injection full-dose delivery success rate of 44.4%, higher than both the reloadable (24.1%) and the three-step (3.7%) devices. The number of errors with the two-step device (n=3) was ~90% lower than the three-step (n=49) and reloadable (n=44) devices.
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Both sumatriptan and dihydroergotamine were effective in aborting migraine headaches. Headache recurrence was two and a half time as likely with sumatriptan as with dihydroergotamine.
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A number of important new pharmacologic agents in widespread clinical use share the ability of manipulate serotonin as their mechanism of action. Drugs as diverse as the antidepressants fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft), paroxetine (Paxil), and venlafaxine (Effexor); the antimigraine agent sumatriptan (Imitrex); the antiobesity agent dexfenfluramine (Redux); and the antiemetics ondansetron (Zofran) and granisetron (Kytril) are routinely encountered in the perioperative patient. A thorough understanding of the pharmacology, physiologic effects, significant drug interactions and anesthetic implications of serotonin agonists or antagonists is vital for proper anesthetic management of patients receiving these drugs.
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Weight and BMI appear to be important covariates for sumatriptan exposure: subjects with lower values for either metric of body size have higher systemic exposure compared with subjects with higher values. Additional studies are required to determine if doses of subcutaneous sumatriptan may be adjusted based on BMI for comparable efficacy and a potentially improved tolerability profile.
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Polypharmacy (the prescription of more than one therapy for a single patient) and subcutaneous (s.c.) sumatriptan tolerability were prospectively studied in 12,339 migraineurs, each followed for up to 1 year. Inclusion/exclusion criteria were minimal and mirrored United States Imitrex labeling. Drug usage and compliance monitoring were automatically interfaced with prescription refill. Concomitant drugs were used by 79% of patients, with analgesics, antidepressants, and sedatives used most commonly. No adverse interactions between sumatriptan and neurological drugs were found, possibly reflecting relative inability of the former to cross the blood-brain barrier. No difference in cardiovascular adverse events was associated with oral contraceptive use, which was more common than expected. No other drug class influenced adverse event probability, although sample sizes for these comparisons was sometimes <400 patients. This study confirms the prevalence of polypharmacy in migraine, identifies the drugs used, and concludes that, on a population basis, the tolerability of s.c. sumatriptan, when used according to labeled instructions, is unaffected by these concomitant drugs.
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The migraine-specific triptans have revolutionized the treatment of migraine and are usually the drugs of choice to treat a migraine attack in progress. Sumatriptan (Imitrex) has been available for the longest time within the class, is most flexible in form and has been given successfully to the most number of patients. It is useful for the full range of attacks experienced by a migraine suffer. The aim of this review is to provide an overview of the first 10 years of the use of sumatriptan.
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In this human factors study, 54 migraineurs used simulated injections to compare three sumatriptan subcutaneous delivery devices. Zembrace SymTouch, a two-step device, was most preferred compared with Sumavel DosePro and Imitrex STATdose. It also ranked highest for ease of use and various other measures. In this study, migraine patients preferred the autoinjector that they rated as simpler and more intuitive.
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Relief of head pain and recurrence of successfully treated headache.
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To investigate whether a needle-free system can deliver s.c. sumatriptan. If so, to examine whether needle-free administration is bioequivalent to a 26-gauge needle-based auto-injector. Lastly, to assess the needle-free system for clinical acceptability and ease of use during migraine attacks.