If you have the poor fortune of suffering from both migraines and needle phobia, I have good news and bad news.
The good news is that five months after receiving FDA approval, the Sumavel DosePro sumatriptan delivery system--due to hit the shelves this month--manages to be both subcutaneous and needle-free, and can bring relief from migraines in as few as 10 minutes without having to push in any needles.
The bad news is that the drug delivery system may be more painful than using a good old-fashioned needle. In order to deliver the migraine pain reliever sumatriptan through the skin without the aid of a small, quick, sharp needle, this delivery system uses a high burst of nitrogen to shoot the drug through the skin. Umm, ouch?
One reviewer of the delivery system says people are reporting that the system is painful and can result in bruising, swelling, bleeding, and the like. If your fear of needles is extreme, this lack of a needle may be worth the fuss. But if your fear is mild, this may not be the approach for you.… Read more