sumatriptan

noun
su·​ma·​trip·​tan | \ˌsü-mə-ˈtrip-ˌtan, -tən \

Definition of sumatriptan 

: a triptan C14H21N3O2S that is administered as a nasal spray or in the form of its succinate by mouth or by injection and is used in the treatment of migraine attacks

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Researchers found, for instance, that blood levels of CGRP rose during migraine attacks and returned to normal after a dose of sumatriptan relieved the headache. R. Allan Purdy, Scientific American, "Can Anything Stop My Migraine?," 1 May 2017 While some people are helped by low cost, over-the-counter drugs such as ibuprofen, others need stronger prescription medications, such as sumatriptan and ergotamine, which constrict the blood vessels in the brain and can cause dizziness or nausea. NBC News, "New drug uses antibodies to stop chronic migraines, without side effects," 17 Apr. 2018 For example, the expensive migraine drug Treximet is actually a combination of two older, low-cost generic drugs: sumatriptan and naproxen. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "Nine tips for paying less for doctor visits, drugs and medical treatments," 19 Mar. 2018 But the same website offers nine 100 mg tablets of sumatriptan for less than $16 and nine 500 mg naproxen tablets for about $5. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "Nine tips for paying less for doctor visits, drugs and medical treatments," 19 Mar. 2018 In many cases, treatment involves breathing pure oxygen; injecting sumatriptan, a drug used to treat migraines; or inhaling a nasal form of local anesthetic to relieve symptoms. Susie East, CNN, "Migraines to cluster headaches: The most painful headaches you could ever have," 3 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of sumatriptan

1989, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sumatriptan

perhaps from suma- (by shortening & alteration from sulfonamide) + -triptan (by shortening & alteration from tryptamine)

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sumatriptan

noun
su·​ma·​trip·​tan | \ˌsü-mə-ˈtrip-ˌtan, -tən \

Medical Definition of sumatriptan 

: a triptan C14H21N3O2S that is administered as a nasal spray or in the form of its succinate C14H21N3O2S·C4H6O4 either as an oral tablet or by injection and that is used in the treatment of migraine attacks

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