Zecuity (sumatriptan iontophoretic patch)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

What is Zecuity, and how does it work?

  • Sumatriptan iontophoretic transdermal system (Zecuity) is anti-migraine drug that is delivered through the skin or transdermally. It is a serotonin (5HT) 1b/1d receptor agonist that is used for the acute treatment of migraine headaches in adults.
  • Zecuity contains the drug, sumatriptan, which has been previously available as tablets, injections, and nasal spray. As the exact cause of migraine headaches remains unclear, the mechanism by which sumatriptan helps to this type of headache is not well understood. However, it is thought that sumatriptan helps to alleviate migraine pain by decreasing the dilation of blood vessels in the brain and inhibiting the release of inflammatory chemicals in the brain. This drug is designed to deliver sumatriptan through the skin with application of a battery operated device on the upper arm or thigh of the patient.
  • This drug was approved by the FDA in January, 2013.

What brand names are available for sumatriptan iontophoretic patch?

  • Zecuity is the brand name for sumatriptan iontophoretic transdermal system available in the US.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/26/2017

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