D Gaist, I Tsiropoulos, SH Sindrup et al [Odense Univ, Denmark]
Inappropriate Use of Sumatriptan : Population Based Register and Interview Study
BMJ 316-1352-1353, 1998
Sumatriptan succinate is a commonly prescribed headache drug in Denmark. The appropriateness of the use of this drug was assessed in a population-based interview study.
The standard antimigraine drugs when taken in excessive amounts, are now known to either cause or sustain headache. Quite a few patients overuse sumatriptan and may in future, overuse the newer triptans as well.
The study points out that, many overusers were using the medication for inappropriate types of headaches, namely tension-type and drug-induced headaches.
Physicians must understand both the precise indications for the use of triptans and the danger of prescribing immoderate amounts. The quantity and frequency of use of these medications must be plainly specified to.