Sumatriptan

50mg-100mg sumatriptan tablets and 10mg-20gm Imigran nasal spray for migraine relief available to buy online from Dr Fox.

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How to order sumatriptan and Imigran online for UK delivery:

  1. Read medical information about migraines
  2. Answer medical questions to check for eligibility
  3. Reviewed by doctors - posted from UK pharmacy (tracked 24hr delivery)

Prices

Migraine treatmentQuantityCost
Sumatriptan 50mg tablets6 tablets£9.80
Sumatriptan 50mg tablets12 tablets£15.50
Sumatriptan 100mg tablets6 tablets£10.90
Sumatriptan 100mg tablets12 tablets£15.50
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

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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.

Order valuePrescription fee
up to £10£1.00
up to £20£2.00
up to £40£3.00
over £40£4.00

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.

Delivery charges

UK delivery only: £2.90 per consultation via Royal Mail 24 Signed For (1-3 working days with tracking).

Parcel forwarding services are not permitted. Use only UK home or work delivery address.

Returns and refunds - unwanted items can be returned within 14 working days for a full refund.

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About sumatriptan

Sprays and tablets

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

How does sumatriptan work?

Migraine occurs when blood vessels in the head widen temporarily. Sumatriptan tablets and nasal sprays reduce the widening of the blood vessels and this helps to relieve headache and other migraine symptoms.

Buying sumatriptan online

Always consult your GP to confirm the diagnosis before obtaining supplies of migraine treatment online. Consult your GP 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 sumatriptan?

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 (aura). They usually last a few hours and then resolve, with no symptoms in between. There are many variants. See NHS migraine and NHS Sumatriptan pages for further details.

Who should not use sumatriptan?

Discuss your treatment with your GP and don't use sumatriptan without approval if any of the following apply:

  • A history of fits or seizures.
  • Serious liver or kidney disease.
  • Over 65 years old.
  • You are a heavy smoker (over 25 cigarettes/day), are 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 your GP before taking sumatriptan.
  • Have had a heart attack, stroke, or mini-strokes (TIAs) in the past.
  • Problems with poor circulation (peripheral vascular disease).
  • Angina (heart pain on exertion).
  • Irregular heart rhythm.
  • You have uncontrolled high blood pressure.

Taking sumatriptan with other medicines

Sumatriptan (Imigran) belongs to a group of medicines called triptans, and 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. Leave at least 24 hours between taking these medications and sumatriptan. See the 'other medicines' section of the manufacturers leaflet for further details.

Sumatriptan should not be taken within 2 weeks of MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors antidepressants) and can interact with other antidepressants known as SSRIs, or SNRIs and herbal remedies containing St John's Wort.

Talk to your doctor if you take any antidepressant medication.

Dr Fox checks for interacting medication in the online migraine consultation.

Can sumatriptan be taken in pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding?

There is no evidence of increased risk of birth defects with sumatriptan in pregnancy, but there is only limited information. The risks and benefits of treatment should be discussed with a doctor before taking sumatriptan in pregnancy.

Despite the fact that minimal amounts get into breast milk, manufacturers recommend not to breastfeed or use expressed milk within 12 hours of using sumatriptan.

Further information can be found at BUMPS - Sumatriptan.

Sumatriptan side effects

Serious allergic reactions (rash, hives, wheezing, swollen eyelids and face, and collapse) are very rare, but if they occurred would require immediate medical attention - telephone 999 in the UK.

Do not take sumatriptan if you have known allergy to other triptans, or to sulphonamide antibiotics (rarely used).

Not all people experience side effects and some symptoms may actually be caused by the migraine itself.

Common side effects with sumatriptan tablets and Imigran spray (affecting up to 1 in 10 people) may include: aching muscles, shortness of breath, dizziness, tiredness, nausea (feeling sick), temporary increase in blood pressure.

A common side effect with the nasal spray is an unpleasant taste in the back of the mouth, and irritation in the nose and throat.

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 manufacturer's patient 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 any time during an attack. Imigran (sumatriptan) doesn't work if started during the aura phase.

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 sumatriptan tablets or other triptan tablets.

Details about how to use the nasal spray can be found in the manufacturer's patient leaflet.

How to take sumatriptan tablets

Sumatriptan tablets are not a preventative for use when there are no symptoms. They work best if taken as soon as a migraine headache is coming on, but can be taken any time after the headache has started. Do not take during the aura phase. 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 (6 x 50mg tablets or 3 x 100mg tablets). Not to be used at the same time as the Imigran spray or other triptan medications.

Alternative treatments

Migraines usually improve after a few hours lying down in a darkened room. Simple painkillers, such as ibuprofen and aspirin, may be effective. Other triptans used to treat migraine include naratriptan, rizatriptan, zolmitriptan. It may be worth trying different triptans to find the one which suits you best.

If vomiting is marked, an anti-sickness tablet or suppository can help. Some migraine tablets contain a combination of 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. Consult with your GP to discuss these treatment options.

There is ongoing research into migraine treatments and some newer preventative treatments are available from migraine specialists. These include botox injections, monoclonal antibody therapies (erenumab, fremanezumab and galcanezumab), and magnetic and nerve stimulation techniques. Alternative therapies include acupuncture and various herbs (feverfew) and other supplements.

Comparing different triptans
Comparing different triptans
*NNT effectiveness score at 2 hours. Research doctors use NNT (numbers needed to treat) to compare effectiveness of different medications: lower number = more effective.
References
Triptan typeNNT effectiveness score*Speed of symptom relief2nd dose at 2 hours if symptoms continue24 hour maximumUse with propranolol
Rizatriptan 10mg tablet2.730 minsNo2 tabletsNo
Sumatriptan 100mg tablet3.530 minsNo3 tabletsYes
Imigran 20mg nasal spray3.515 minsNo2 spraysYes
Zolmitriptan 5mg tablet4.81 hourYes2 tabletsYes
Zolmitriptan 2.5mg tablet51 hourYes2 tabletsYes
Imigran 10mg nasal spray5.515 minsNo2 spraysYes
Sumatriptan 50mg tablet6.130 minsNo6 tabletsYes

Patient Information Leaflet

Illustration of patient leaflet from medicine packet

The Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) is the leaflet included in the pack with a medicine and must be read before taking the medicine. It is written for patients and gives information about taking or using a medicine.

Sumatriptan Tablets patient leaflet
Imigran Nasal Spray patient leaflet

Dr Tony Steele

Authored 21 July 2016 by Dr Tony Steele
MB ChB Sheffield University 1983. Former hospital doctor and GP.

Reviewed by Dr A. Wood, Dr C. Pugh, Dr B. Babor, Dr P. Hunt
Last reviewed 20 April 2021
Last updated 30 April 2021

References

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Sumatriptan rated 4.94/5 in 143 product reviews

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Sumatriptan 100mg tablets

Excellent product that reverses migraine headaches extremely quickly. No side effects at all but understand that might not be the same for everyone.

04/05/2021 14:15
Anonymous Verified

Sumatriptan 100mg tablets

These are the only pills which stop the onset of a migraine, for me. Without them, I am looking at spending at least 4 days in bed, not being able to move. They make such an impact on my quality of life.

30/04/2021 15:32
L. Tonkin Verified

Sumatriptan 100mg tablets

Works quickly and carries no side effects on me! Great service too!

23/04/2021 07:32
P. Thurston Verified

Sumatriptan 100mg tablets

This works very well at aborting a migraine, provided it has not reached the vomiting stage.

22/04/2021 20:33
J. Hare Verified

Sumatriptan 100mg tablets

As long as you take them when you feel symptoms starting they are amazing!

29/03/2021 15:18
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