Migraine relief

Treatments for the relief of migraine headaches on prescription: Sumatriptan tablets and Imigran sprays from NHS pharmacy.

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Sumatriptan tablets (50mg and 100mg)

6-12 tablets from £8.40

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Imigran Nasal Spray

Imigran Nasal Spray (10mg and 20mg)

2-6 doses from £16.40

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Migraine treatmentQuantityCost
Sumatriptan 50mg tablets6 tablets£8.40
Sumatriptan 50mg tablets12 tablets£14.60
Sumatriptan 100mg tablets6 tablets£13.20
Sumatriptan 100mg tablets12 tablets£24.20
Standard Imigran nasal spray 10mgTwo dose nasal spray (2 doses)£16.40
High dose Imigran nasal spray 20mgTwo dose nasal spray (2 doses)£16.40
High dose Imigran nasal spray 20mgSix dose nasal spray (6 doses)£43.40

Dr Fox charges a small prescription fee per order.

If you have your own private paper prescription please post to our pharmacy (details).

Sumatriptan and Imigran are prescription only medicine. You are required to answer medical questions before completing order. A doctor will review your information and issue a prescription online to our pharmacy.

Prescription fees

Dr Fox supplies medicine on prescription and charges a small prescription fee based on the order value of each prescription.

Prescriptions are issued by our doctors online and sent electronically to our pharmacy.

If you have your own private paper prescription please post to our pharmacy (details).

Dr Fox prices are 25%–50% lower than other UK online clinics.

Order valuePrescription fee
up to £10£1.00
up to £20£3.00
up to £50£5.00
up to £100£8.00
over £100£10.00
Comparative costs of migraine treatments from UK online clinics (8 March 2016) - qualifying notes
  1. The prices shown are listed by the online clinics named after a customer first enters consultation information and is offered prescriptions. It is possible these clinics may have special offers or lower prices for repeat supplies.
  2. Prices may change and are, to the best of our knowledge, accurate on the date stated.
  3. Dr Fox does NOT claim to provide a superior service to any of the online clinics listed. All the clinics listed, as far as we can tell, comply with all regulation and, as far as we can tell, operate to high ethical standards.
  4. Dr Fox adds a small prescription fee not included in the table (between £1 and £10 depending on value of the order).
  5. To amend the information in this table please contact us
  6. The prices listed in the table do not identify the cost of prescription medicine as online clinics charge a single fee to cover services which includes advice, consultations, prescriptions and dispensing and supply of treatments.
Migraine treatmentDr FoxPharmacy2USuperdrugChemist Direct
Sumatriptan 50mg x 6£8.40£15.00£16.00£24.99
Sumatriptan 50mg x 12£14.60£27.00n/a£42.99
Sumatriptan 100mg x 6£13.20n/a£19.00£27.99
Sumatriptan 100mg x 12£24.20n/an/a£44.99
Imigran spray 10mg x 2£16.40£25.00£23.00£24.99
Imigran spray 20mg x 2£16.40£25.00£31.00£27.99
Imigran spray 20mg x 6£43.40£60.00£70.00£64.99
UK delivery£2.90£3.45included£2.95

Medical information

Symptoms of migraines

Migraine headaches are severe, usually at the front of the head and usually throbbing. Migraine is common affecting about 1 in 4 women and 1 in 12 men in the UK.

With migraine there is often:

  • Nausea, queasiness and sometimes vomiting
  • Inability to carry on normal daily activities (people suffering a migraine often want to lie in a darkened room)
  • Heightened sensitivity: intolerance of bright light, noise, and strong smells

Migraines can last from a few hours up to 3 days. After migraine headaches have gone, tiredness is common and can last several days.

It is unusual for migraine to start after the age of 40. Some women get migraine around the time of their periods.

Migraine attacks can be triggered by stress, tiredness, and some medication. In some cases trigger foods can be identified.

Classic migraine

A quarter of people who get migraine have a warning or aura before their headaches.

This is most often a visual disturbance such as seeing zigzag lines, or blurring, or having a blind spot. Other less common auras include tingling sensations, problems with co-ordination and concentration, speech difficulty and, rarely, blackouts.

‘Triptans’ – Sumatriptan (Imigran)

Sumatriptan (Imigran) works by reversing the expansion of blood vessels around the brain present in migraine. The most widely used 'triptan' is Imigran, which is a brand name for the drug Sumatriptan.

Dr Fox supplies generic Sumatriptan tablets rather than the branded form of this drug, Imigran. The cost is lower. The active ingredient is the same. There is no difference in effectiveness. We also supply branded Sumatriptan Imigran nasal sprays.

Sumatriptan and Imigran nasal spray are prescription only medicine – our doctors will issue the prescription online direct to our pharmacy.

Sumatriptan (Imigran) usually starts to work after 30 minutes. It does not work for everyone. Where it does not work alternative 'triptans' are worth trying.

These alternatives included almotriptan (Almogran), eletriptan (Relpax), frovatriptan (Migard), naratriptan (Naramig), rizatriptan (Maxalt) and zolmitriptan (Zomig).

Other treatments of migraine

Rest, and simple painkillers containing paracetamol, anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin are the most frequent remedies. Anti-sickness tablets if taken early can also help.

If painkillers are used frequently they can cause headaches. Some painkillers are associated with acid indigestion and even intestinal bleeding.


Sumatriptan has been used by millions of people throughout the world for decades and is generally considered a safe drug.

Sumatriptan (Imigran) can cause a temporary narrowing of blood vessels. People who have had strokes or mini-strokes, have problems with poor circulation, or a history of angina (heart pain on exertion) or a have had heart attacks should not take sumatriptan.

Even in people who have never had circulation problems sumatriptan can in rare situations trigger serious heart problems. The following groups should check with their GP before taking sumatriptan.

  • Heavy smokers
  • Men over 40
  • Women after the menopause

In some rare serious cases migraine headaches are associated with paralysis, loss of vision and loss of speech. Sumatriptan is not to be used in these cases.

Side effects of Sumatriptan (Imigran)

Pain, heaviness, pressure or tightness in the chest, throat or other parts of the body, or unusual sensations, including numbness, tingling and warmth or cold. These effects may be intense but generally pass quickly.

Other common side effects include:

  • Feeling sick (nausea) or being sick (vomiting), although this may be due to the migraine itself
  • Tiredness or drowsiness
  • Dizziness, feeling weak, or getting hot flushes
  • Temporary increase in blood pressure
  • Shortness of breath

For a full list of side effects and cautions see the Imigran Patient Information leaflet.

Preparations of Sumatriptan

Sumatriptan is available as tablets and as a nasal spray.

Some people find the nasal spray works more quickly and is easier to take when they are feeling nauseated (sick).

Dose for tablets and nasal spray

Tablets come in 50mg and 100mg strength. Take 50mg (some patients may require 100mg) at onset of symptoms, dose may be repeated after at least 2 hours if migraine symptoms return. Maximum dose is 300mg in 24 hours.

Nasal spray come in 10 and 20mg strength. Use 1-2 sprays (10-20mg) into one nostril at onset of symptoms, dose may be repeated once after at least 2 hours if migraine symptoms come back. Maximum dose in 24 hours is 40mg.

Sumatriptan should not be taken with other ‘triptans’ or with medication containing ergotamine.

When to see a GP

  • Before self medicating for headaches it is best to see a GP for a diagnosis.
  • When headaches start for the first time over the age of 40.
  • When headaches are getting more frequent and lasting longer.
  • If headaches are worsening after taking triptans, such as Imigran, for over 10 days or other pain killers for over 15 days. Your doctor may recommend stopping treatment for a month.
  • When headaches are different from before; new symptoms.
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Dr Fox supplies migraine treatment on prescription – you are required to answer a short medical questionnaire before your order can be completed.

  1. Medical questions
  2. Choose treatment
  3. Complete order

Answer medical questions to order(migraine treatment)

Have you read the migraine medical information?

Please read migraine medical information.

Are you allergic to any of the following?

  • Sumatriptan (Imigran)
  • Antibiotics called sulphonamides (if you are not sure please check with your GP)

Have you been diagnosed with any of the following conditions caused by poor circulation?

  • Heart disease due to narrow arteries (angina-chest pain on exertion, or heart attack)
  • Cramp like pain in the legs when walking caused by poor circulation
  • Stroke or mini-stroke

Have you been diagnosed with any of the following?

  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure (not including blood pressure controlled by medication)
  • Serious liver or kidney disease
  • Epilepsy or a tendency to seizures (fits)

Have you been diagnosed with high blood pressure?

  • If your blood pressure is controlled on medication answer 'No'
  • If you do not know or have not had a blood pressure check in the last 2 years answer 'Yes'

Are you taking any of the following medication?

  • Antidepressants known as MAOIs (these antidepressants are NOT often prescribed, however the possible interaction with sumatriptan is important)
  • Other 'triptan' medicines used to treat migraine, e.g. almotriptan (Almogran), eletriptan (Relpax), frovatriptan (Migard), naratriptan (Naramig), rizatriptan (Maxalt) and zolmitriptan (Zomig)
  • Ergotamine (a rarely used prescription only medicine for migraine)

Are you aware chest pain or a feeling of pressure in the chest lasting more than a few minutes after taking sumatriptan (Imigran) requires urgent medical attention?

This could be symptoms of a heart attack (this is extremely rare and very unlikely).

Do any of the following apply to you?

  • Your headaches started after the age of 40 and you have not seen your GP about them
  • Your headaches symptoms are getting worse or more frequent and you have not seen your GP

Do the following apply to you?

  • I am over 18
  • The medication is for my own use
  • I will read the information leaflet supplied with the medication
  • I agree to the terms and conditions

The order process

Answer short medical questionnaire

Choose treatment, register, and pay

Doctor issues prescription online

Medicine posted direct from pharmacy

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