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A retrospective chart review was performed on 54 eyes of 28 patients who had been identified as taking sumatriptan and had undergone LASIK at Minnesota Eye Consultants between 1999 and 2001. These patients were compared with 54 gender- and age-matched control eyes operated on with the same microkeratome at the same location during the same period of time. The incidence of epithelial defects during LASIK was compared between the two groups.
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.
The percentage of patients reporting satisfied/very satisfied for Overall Satisfaction of SNC versus S/N (primary endpoint) was 85% versus 72% respectively (p = 0.054). For Overall Effectiveness, the results were 82% for SNC versus 73% for S/N (p = 0.159); and for Overall Side Effects the results were 86% for SNC versus 69% for S/N (p = 0.005). Mean PPMQ-R scores reflect greater satisfaction with SNC than S/N for Total score and for each of four subscales. The difference between SNC and S/N was significant for the Ease of Use subscale (p = 0.004) and met the criterion of being clinically meaningful for both the Total score and Ease of Use. SNC did not differ from S/N with respect to pain-free response 2 h post dose, pain relief 2 h post dose, sustained 24 h pain-free response, or sustained 24 h pain relief.
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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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Each study subject performed two unaided simulated injections with each of three different drug delivery devices, which were presented in counterbalanced order. The participants were then asked to rate the three devices on various subjective measures. The primary end point was overall device preference using a visual analog scale.
The efficacy and tolerability of subcutaneous (SC) sumatriptan administered with the IMITREX (sumatriptan succinate) STATdose System, which circumvents the need for patients or health care professionals to handle a syringe, were evaluated in two randomized, double-masked, parallel-group, placebo-controlled, multicenter studies. In the clinic, 158 adults with migraine diagnosed according to International Headache Society criteria received SC sumatriptan (6 mg) or placebo delivered with the IMITREX STATdose System for treatment of a migraine attack. By 120 minutes after SC dosing, 73% and 79% of sumatriptan-treated patients, compared with 28% and 37% of placebo-treated patients in studies 1 and 2, respectively, experienced headache relief (a statistically significant difference). Clinical disability scores 120 minutes after dosing showed that 75% and 85% of sumatriptan-treated patients, compared with 30% and 42% of placebo-treated patients, were normal or only mildly impaired (a statistically significant difference). Similar efficacy rates were observed for nausea, phonophobia, and photophobia. No serious or unusual adverse events occurred, and no clinically relevant abnormalities in laboratory test values were reported. Based on these results, we concluded that SC sumatriptan (6 mg) administered using the IMITREX STATdose System is effective for the treatment of migraine. The efficacy and tolerability profiles of SC sumatriptan administered with this device are similar to those reported for SC sumatriptan administered with a conventional syringe.
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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.
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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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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Sumatriptan succinate (SS) is a 5-HT1 receptor agonist used in the treatment of migraine having poor bioavailability (15%) due to its extensive first-pass effect. The aim of this work was to prepare SS sublingual fast dissolving thin films (SFDTFs) allowing the drug to directly enter the systemic circulation and bypassing the first-pass metabolism. Plain thin films were prepared using solvent casting technique adopting 2(3) × 3 factorial design to study the effect of polymer and plasticizer type and concentration on mechanical properties and in vitro disintegration time of the plain prepared films using Design-Expert®. Medicated films were prepared after addition of 35 mg SS to each of the two selected plain formulae (F6 and F7) having desirability values above 0.9 showing the values of: 0.038, 0.039 kgf/mm(2) and 156.24, 164.16% and 0.0248, 0.0240 kgf/mm(2) as tensile strength, percent elongation and elastic modulus, respectively. PVP K30 was efficient as crystallization inhibitor in retarding SS crystallization. Pharmacokinetic study of the optimum formula F7 (PVP K30:SS (1:1 w/w)) in healthy human volunteers using LC/MS/MS revealed a shorter tmax (0.25 h) compared to Imitrex® tablet 25 mg (2 h) which is considered promising especially for the rapid relief of acute migraine attacks.
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%).
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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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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.
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A 13-year-old boy died suddenly at night while asleep. A colloid cyst filled the third ventricle, obstructed the flow of cerebral spinal fluid, and led to prominent hydrocephalus. Acute ventricular distension with brain herniation resulted in death, whereas repeated previous episodes had led to cerebral compression and edema. Complaints included only episodic headache in the month prior to death. His pediatrician prescribed a course of Imitrex (sumatriptan) because of lack of neurologic signs or other symptoms and a family history of migraine headaches. The headaches persisted, however, and within 1 month the patient died. The difficulty of accurate clinical diagnosis in this case is common. Subtle signs or even lack of symptoms of increased intracranial pressure may prevent a timely diagnosis before the occurrence of deadly complications. This case report helps to remind both forensic medical examiners and clinicians that this entity, although rare, should remain in the differential diagnosis of headache in children and young adults and of hydrocephalus at autopsy. Timely diagnosis of this benign lesion can lead to a surgical cure.
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Two clinical trials. Study A: Pharmacokinetics and bioequivalence was studied in normal adult volunteers (n = 57 total), directly comparing needle-free (Sumavel DosePro) with needle-based (Imitrex STATdose System) administration of 6 mg s.c. sumatriptan. An incomplete, randomized, partial factorial, crossover design was used. Each subject received 2 administrations of each product, at 2 of the 3 anatomical sites (abdomen, thigh or arm). There were appropriate "washout" periods between each. Pharmacokinetic sampling was at standard time points, and tests for bioequivalence then followed. Study B: The term "ease of use" was used for clinical acceptability and utility of the needle-free system when it was assessed among 52 outpatients treating migraine attacks. Instructional materials were used as would be provided after ordinary prescription. The primary endpoint was successful use of the needle-free system to administer sumatriptan at the first attempt, including appropriate injection site selection. Second and subsequent uses of the needle-free system were also documented.
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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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We conducted two studies: a randomized, three-way crossover study comparing monodose and multidose devices for delivery of single doses of DFN-02 with commercially available intranasal sumatriptan 20 mg in 18 healthy, fasted adults, and an open-label, randomized, single-dose, three-way crossover bioavailability study comparing DFN-02 with 4 mg and 6 mg subcutaneous sumatriptan in 78 healthy, fasted adults. In the study comparing DFN-02 with IN sumatriptan, subjects received a single dose of DFN-02 (sumatriptan 10 mg plus DDM 0.20%) via monodose and multidose delivery systems with at least 5 days between treatments. In the comparison with SC sumatriptan, subjects received a single dose of each treatment with at least 3 days between treatments. In both studies, blood was sampled for pharmacokinetic evaluation of sumatriptan and DDM through 24 hours post-dose; safety and tolerability were monitored throughout.
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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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Subcutaneous (s.c.) injection of sumatriptan is currently associated with needle aversion in some patients, and sharps disposal issues.
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Advances in investigative research (e.g., functional magnetic resonance imaging) have made it possible to study putative migraine processes and better understand the pathophysiology of the disorder. Consequently, the apparent opposing vascular and neuronal theories of migraine are now reconciled into a neurovascular hypothesis that pieces together migrainous events and allows us to better target such events in the hope of providing safe and effective therapies. Parallel discoveries in the fields of pharmacology, physiology, genetics and other biomedical disciplines will lead to the development of optimal migraine therapeutics. Such discoveries have already yielded some major enhancement in acute migraine treatment with the development of sumatriptan (Imitrex, GlaxoSmithKline) and other triptans and the trajectory is likely to be exponential. Novel targets, such as calcitonin gene-related peptide antagonists and inhibitors of excitatory glutamatergic receptors, are leading the pack but many other promising targets are in development. The post-sumatriptan decades will witness treatment strategies that will improve the therapeutic index of acute therapies and others which will effectively and safely prevent migraine attacks.
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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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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.
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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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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.