Imigran

Imigran (sumatriptan) nasal spray and tablets for migraine relief.

  • 10mg & 20mg sprays
  • 50mg & 100mg tablets
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  1. Read medical information about migraines
  2. Answer medical questions to check for eligibility
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National shortage of Sumatriptan tablets: please be aware that supplies are not reliable and prices have increased. Dr Fox provides tablets below the supply price.

Prices

Migraine treatmentQuantityCost
Sumatriptan 50mg tablets6 tablets£21.00
Sumatriptan 50mg tablets12 tablets£38.00
Sumatriptan 100mg tablets6 tablets£22.00
Sumatriptan 100mg tablets12 tablets£40.00
Standard Imigran nasal spray (sumatriptan)2 x 10mg sprays£16.40
High dose Imigran nasal spray (sumatriptan)2 x 20mg sprays£16.40
High dose Imigran nasal spray (sumatriptan)6 x 20mg sprays£43.40

Prescription issued online - small prescription fee per order.

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

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About Imigran (sumatriptan)

Sprays and tablets

We supply Imigran in 10mg and 20mg single dose sprays and sumatriptan tablets in 50mg and 100mg strengths for the relief of migraines. Sumatriptan is the active ingredient in Imigran tablets. Generic Sumatriptan tablets cost less than branded Imigran tablets, but are medically the same (see generic medicines FAQs page).

How does Imigran work?

Migraine occurs when blood vessels in the head widen temporarily. Imigran spray and tablets contain sumatriptan which reduces the widening of the blood vessels and this reduces headache and other migraine symptoms.

Buying Imigran online

Always consult your regular doctor before obtaining supplies of migraine treatment online. Consult your doctor if your symptoms are changing or you experience any new medical conditions or side effects. Checks are carried out online, but this does not replace a face-to-face consultation with a doctor.

Who can take Imigran?

Imigran is for people who have been diagnosed with migraine, not for other sorts of headaches. Migraine headaches typically are throbbing and severe, and are associated with nausea vomiting and photophobia (aversion to strong light). They usually are localised to one side of the head, but not always, and are sometime preceded by symptoms such as flashing lights or other visual or sensory disturbance. They usually last a few hours and then resolve, with no symptoms in between. There are many variants. See NHS Choices migraine page for further details.

Who should not use Imigran?

Discuss your treatment with a doctor and don't use Imigran without approval if any of the following apply:

  • If you have a history of ischaemic heart disease (chest pains, angina, and previous heart attack) or narrowing of the arteries. If you have had a previous stroke or mini-stroke, or cramps or pains in the legs due to poor circulation.
  • If you have uncontrolled high blood pressure, a history of fits or seizures, or serious liver disease.
  • If you are over 65 years old.
  • If you are a heavy smoker, a man over 40, or a woman past the menopause, you may be at extra risk of developing heart disease and may need extra checks from you doctor before taking Imigran.

Taking Imigran with other medicines

Sumatriptan (Imigran) belongs to a group of medicines called triptans, and it should not be taken at the same time as other triptans used to treat migraine, including naratriptan, rizatriptan, and zolmitriptan. Other migraine treatments may interact, namely ergotamine or similar medicines such as methysergide. See the 'other medicines' section of the manufacturers leaflet for further details.

Imigran should not be taken within 2 weeks of MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors) antidepressants and can interact with other antidepressants known as SSRIs.

Talk to your doctor if you take any of the above.

Can Imigran be taken in pregnancy and whilst breast feeding?

There is no evidence of increased risk of birth defects with Imigran in pregnancy, but there is only limited information. The risks and benefits of treatment should be discussed with a doctor before taking Imigran in pregnancy. Manufacturers recommend not to breastfeed or use expressed milk within 12 hours of using Imigran. Further and detailed information can be found at Toxnet.

Imigran side effects

Allergic reactions (rash, hives, wheezing, swollen eyelids and face, and collapse) are very rare, but if they occurred would require immediate medical attention.

Not all people experience side effects.

The commonest side effect with the nasal spray is an unpleasant taste in the back of the mouth.

Commoner Imigran side effects with tablets and spray (affecting up to 1 in 10 people) include: aching muscles, shortness of breath, dizziness, tiredness, nausea (feeling sick), temporary increase in blood pressure, and irritation in the nose and throat with the nasal spray.

Other side effects are possible and include: seizures, visual disturbance, heart problems (angina, changes in heart rhythm, heart attack), reduced peripheral circulation (cold hands and feet), feeling faint, joint pains, anxiety, and sweating.

A full list can be found in the manufacturers leaflet.

How to use Imigran nasal spray

It is best to start treatment as soon as you feel a migraine headache coming on, although treatment can be used during an attack.

Imigran nasal spray comes in a single dose bubble pack and should be stored in the pack until use. There is a 20mg and a 10mg strength. Adults 18 to 65 years usually use one 20mg spray into just one nostril. But one 10mg spray into one nostril is enough for some people. The dose can be repeated after 2 hours if required, but only if there was improvement with the first dose. If symptoms have resolved completely, there is no need to repeat the dose. Maximum of 2 sprays in 24 hours. Not to be used at the same time as Imigran/sumatriptan tablets.

Details about how to use the nasal spray can be found in the manufacturers leaflet.

How to take Imigran tablets

Imigran/sumatriptan tablets are not a preventative for use when there are no symptoms. They work best if taken as soon as a migraine attack is coming on, but can be taken after an attack has already started. The usual dose is one 50mg tablet, swallowed whole, but some people require the higher strength 100mg tablet. You can take a second tablet after 2 hours, but only if symptoms are continuing and have partially responded to the first tablet. The maximum dose in 24 hours is 300mg (six 50mg tablets or three 100mg tablets). Not to be used at the same time as the Imigran spray.

Additional treatments

Migraines usually improve after a few hours lying down in a darkened room. Simple painkillers, such as ibuprofen and paracetamol, may be effective. Imigran contains sumatriptan which is one of a class of medicines called triptans. Other triptans used to treat migraine include naratriptan, rizatriptan, zolmitriptan. If vomiting is marked, an anti-sickness tablet or suppository can help. Some migraine tablets contain a combination of triptans, painkillers, and antiemetics. Painkillers which contain codeine and other 'opiates' should usually be avoided as they can increase sickness and are potentially addictive.

People who get frequent migraines, sometimes defined as two or more attacks a month, or where acute treatment is not effective, may be suitable for long term preventative treatments, such as daily beta-blocker tablets or other medicines.

Patient information leaflet

The 'Patient Information Leaflets' supplied with medication must be read before taking.

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Authored 21 July 2016 by Dr Tony Steele, MB ChB

Reviewed 06 October 2017 by Dr B. Babor, Dr A. Wood, Dr P. Hunt

Last updated 8 November 2017

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Sumatriptan rated 10/10 in 26 product reviews

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Very quick service,very pleased, going to recommend to friends.

14/11/2017 17:42
J. Williams Verified

Easy to use website,great customer service.

13/10/2017 00:13
Anonymous Verified

I'd never survive a migraine without sumatriptan

12/09/2017 22:56
L. Shattock Verified

Its simple, if you suffer with migrain take these, you will never suffer from another migrain again. When migrain first starts take 1 100mg tablet, if symptoms have not gone completly in 2 hrs take another one and your migrain will be gone.

21/08/2017 07:49
B. Nicholas Verified

Excellent service

06/08/2017 08:10
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Excellent product

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