Imigran is a brand name for the drug Sumatriptan. Sumatriptan is available online on prescription. The cost for tablets can be less than ‘over the counter’ Imigran from pharmacies.
Dr Fox supplies Imigran (Sumatriptan) on prescription. The tablets are posted from an NHS pharmacy. The prices shown on the Dr Fox website include the prescription price. Generic sumatriptan on prescription is effectively cheap Imigran.
As well as Sumatriptan tablets Dr Fox supplies branded Imigran Nasal Sprays.
Imigran nasal spray is useful to people who are unable, because of vomiting, to take tablets for their headaches.
What is Imigran (Sumatriptan)?
Imigran is a drug used to treat migraine headaches. Taken as tablets or as a nasal spray it works best when used at the start of migraine symptoms. In classic migraine a single dose can prevent symptoms reaching the stage of throbbing headache, light sensitivity, and nausea and vomiting.
Sumatriptan can prevent a full-blown migraine from developing.
Early warning signs of migraine include, seeing zigzag lines, blurring of vision, tingling sensations, and loss of co-ordination and concentration.
How to take Sumatriptan
Sumatriptan is taken as a single 50mg or 100mg tablet at the onset of symptoms. This does can be repeated after 2 hours. Imigran Nasal Spray is an alternative. A single dose of 10mg or 20mg is sprayed into one nostril. The dose can be repeated after 2 hours.
Imigran can be used with painkillers such as paracetamol or anti-inflammatory drugs. Anti-sickness tablets can be used at the same time.
Imigran can ward off bad headaches once warning (aura) symptoms have started. It does not, however, act as a preventer of headaches and should not be taken when there are no symptoms.
How does Imigran work?
During classical migraine headaches the blood vessels in and around the brain expand. This affects the circulation in and around the brain and causes a throbbing pain. Imigran (Sumatriptan) reverses this expansion of blood vessels.
How effective is Imigran?
Not everybody with migraine is helped by Sumatriptan. People who do not respond to treatment after trying it a few times should stop using it.
Side Effects of Imigran
Side effects of Imigran include chest pains, numbness and tingling feelings, nausea, and tiredness. For a full list of side effects see the Patient Information Leaflet.
A feeling of pressure or pain and heaviness in the chest could be a symptom of heart problems. If these symptoms do not subside after a few minutes medical help should be sought.
People, who smoke heavily, have a history of heart or circulation problems or people over 40 who are taking Imigran for the first time should consult with their own doctors before taking it.
Alternatives to Sumatriptan
Imigran is one of a class of drugs called triptans. These drugs all work in a similar way, although in an individual one triptan may work better than another. The triptans include: zolmitriptan (Zomig), almotriptan (Almogran), naratriptan (Naramig), eletriptan (Relpax), frovatriptan (Migard) and rizatriptan (Maxalt).