Zembrace

(sumatriptan)

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Treats migraines.

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While Zembrace (sumatriptan) can be used to treat migraines, it’s only available as a brand name so it can be expensive.

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    $49.99
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    $11.76
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Quick facts about Zembrace
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Zembrace (sumatriptan) is part of the first choice medicines for treating migraines.
  • You can keep Zembrace (sumatriptan) with you at all times, and it doesn't require refrigeration.
  • Some people might be able to get a cheaper copay for Zembrace (sumatriptan) through an assistance program.
  • Zembrace (sumatriptan) is a good option if you have trouble swallowing pills during a migraine attack.
  • Zembrace (sumatriptan) acts faster than the pills you take by mouth.
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Downsides

  • Zembrace (sumatriptan) is only available as a brand name and it can be expensive. There are generic versions of this medicine that you can inject that are stronger and cheaper than Zembrace (sumatriptan).
  • You'll have to follow the instructions exactly; otherwise, you won't get the full dose of medicine.
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How it works

Zembrace (sumatriptan) is a selective serotonin receptor agonist and a triptan. Migraines happen when blood vessels are too open and allow too much blood in the brain. Zembrace (sumatriptan) tightens the blood vessels, which relieves the pain.

Quick facts about Zembrace
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

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Dosage forms

  • Injection
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What to expect when you take Zembrace (sumatriptan) for Migraine

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  • Possible side effects
  • Injection site reaction
  • Unusual sensations
  • Dizziness or balance problems
  • Medication overuse headache
  • Changes in heartbeat
  • Stroke
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Side effect rates for Zembrace (sumatriptan)

From 917 clinical trials of Zembrace when taken for migraine (subcutaneous 6mg)
  • Injection site reaction
    59%59%
    24%24%
  • Unusual sensations
    42%42%
    9%9%
  • Tingling sensation
    14%14%
    3%3%
  • Dizziness or balance problems
    12%12%
    4%4%
  • Warm or hot sensation
    11%11%
    4%4%
  • Burning sensation
    7%7%
  • Feeling of heaviness
    7%7%
    1%1%
  • Sensation of pressure
    7%7%
    2%2%
  • Flushing
    7%7%
    2%2%
  • Feeling of tightness
    5%5%
  • Numbness
    5%5%
    2%2%
  • Chest discomfort
    5%5%
    1%1%
  • Weakness
    5%5%
  • Neck pain or stiffness
    5%5%
  • Chest tightness
    3%3%
  • Throat discomfort
    3%3%
  • Drowsiness or sleepiness
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Tight feeling in the head
    2%2%
  • Chest pressure
    2%2%
  • Nose or sinus discomfort
    2%2%
  • Jaw discomfort
    2%2%
  • Muscle pain
    2%2%
  • Headache
    2%2%
  • Sweating
    2%2%
    1%1%
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Where we got our data »

The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Zembrace.

Zembrace (sumatriptan)
Placebo

People taking Zembrace felt side effect more

People taking Zembrace felt side effect less

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Risks and Warnings for Zembrace (sumatriptan)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Heart disease
    • History of chest pain
    • Uncontrolled high blood pressure
    • Diabetes
    • Smoking
    • Obesity

    People who have heart disease or chest pain shouldn't take Zembrace (sumatriptan). Although rare, heart attacks have occurred in people after taking Zembrace (sumatriptan). This can feel like pain in the chest, jaw, neck, or throat. Talk to your doctor first to see if you can take Zembrace (sumatriptan).