(BPT) - How do you prepare for a migraine that threatens to derail your day? Many health care professionals recommend assembling a migraine toolkit, one stocked with essentials for easing migraine symptoms on the go, such as bottled water, instant hot and cold packs, ear plugs and sunglasses. Most importantly, however, health professionals agree that your toolkit should include proven medications that meet your specific needs, ones that can help you stop a migraine in its tracks, before it stops you.
Your migraine toolkit need not be limited to one type of medication. Many people find oral medications to be the most portable; however, nearly three-quarters of all migraine sufferers have experienced migraine-related nausea (with or without vomiting), making oral medications more difficult to take.1 Fortunately, other options exist for those who (literally) can’t stomach their medication. Tosymra® (sumatriptan nasal spray) 10 mg, for example, is a fast-acting, ready-to-use non-oral option. Tosymra’s novel nasal spray formulation may be easier to take when you are nauseated, and it has the added benefit of working as quickly as an injection. In fact, Tosymra can provide migraine pain relief in as little as 10 minutes for some patients with just one spray (13% vs 5% for placebo; 57% of patients had pain relief at 2 hours vs. 21% for placebo).2-4
So what should you do? Health experts agree: Patients with migraine need to be prepared with toolkit options for those times when nausea makes it difficult to take oral medication. Talk to your doctor today about what your fully stocked migraine toolkit might look like, and whether Tosymra would be a good addition.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION for Tosymra®
Tosymra® can cause serious side effects, including heart attack and other heart problems, which may lead to death. Stop Tosymra and get emergency medical help if you have any signs of heart attack:
Tosymra is not for people with risk factors for heart disease (high blood pressure or cholesterol, smoking, overweight, diabetes, family history of heart disease) unless a heart exam is done and shows no problem.
Do not use Tosymra if you have:
Tell your provider about all of your medical conditions and medicines you take, including vitamins and supplements.
Tosymra can cause dizziness, weakness, or drowsiness. If so, do not drive a car, use machinery, or do anything where you need to be alert.
Tosymra may cause serious side effects including:
The most common side effects of Tosymra include: tingling, dizziness, feeling warm or hot, burning feeling, feeling of heaviness, feeling of pressure, flushing, feeling of tightness, numbness, application site (nasal) reactions, abnormal taste, and throat irritation.
Tell your provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of Tosymra. For more information, ask your provider.
This is the most important information to know about Tosymra but is not comprehensive. For more information, talk to your provider and read the Patient Information and Instructions for Use. You can also visit www.upsher-smith.com or call 1-888-650-3789.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Tosymra is a prescription medicine used to treat acute migraine headaches with or without aura in adults.
Tosymra is not used to treat other types of headaches such as hemiplegic or basilar migraines or cluster headaches.
Tosymra is not used to prevent migraines. It is not known if Tosymra is safe and effective in children under 18 years of age.
Tosymra is a registered trademark of Upsher-Smith Laboratories, LLC.