Imigran (Sumatriptan)

Imigran is used to treat acute migraine attacks, with or without aura. It is used only when the diagnosis of migraine is clear. Imigran contains the active ingredient Sumatriptan and is not effective for preventing an attack before it happens.
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Imigran (Sumatriptan)

Imigran is used to treat acute migraine attacks, with or without aura. It is used only when the diagnosis of migraine is clear. Imigran contains the active ingredient Sumatriptan and is not effective for preventing an attack before it happens.


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Imigran tablets are an effective remedy for migraine with and without aura. Imigran is a prescription-only medication. Imigran is prescribed only to those patients who have a precise diagnosis of migraine. This medicine effectively provides relief after a migraine headache has begun. However, it is not adequate for preventing a migraine attack before it starts.

The active ingredient in Imigran is SumatriptanSumatriptan is categorized as a serotonin agonist medication. It is a painkiller explicitly used for migraine headaches.

Imigran tablets are prescribed to those who need relief from migraine symptoms or are experiencing a migraine attack. Imigran is used for stopping migraine headaches with and without aura. Imigran falls in the category of Triptan medicines – these are not painkillers but are used to relieve pain and other migraines symptoms. Imigran can be used in the form of tablets, nasal spray, or injections.

The exact reason for migraine attacks is yet to be determined in medical science. Research has shown a change in the brain's chemical levels during a migraine attack that leads to widening or swelling in the brain's blood vesselsEventually, this condition results in the throbbing headache that we associate with migraine.

Imigran works with the help of its active ingredient Sumatriptan. It influences the serotonin receptors found in the brain's widening blood vessels, causing them to narrow down to normalImigran also inhibits the trigeminal nerve's action to relieve the headache, nausea, and sensitivity to sound or light.

Imigran tablets are an effective medication to relieve migraine symptoms, such as throbbing headache with or without aura. There are various benefits of taking Imigran. Some of them are listed below:

  • Imigran provides long-lasting relief from migraine and related problems such as headaches, nausea, feeling sick, sensitivity to sound and light, etc.

  • Imigran provides relief within half an hour of taking the tablet.

  • Migraine attacks can be a debilitating condition that interferes with your ability to go about your day-to-day work. Imigran helps you to cope with the symptoms of a migraine attack.

  • Knowing that an effective remedy for coping with migraine is at hand can help you feel more confident and allows you to live your life to the fullest.

Imigran is a prescription medication for migraine and cluster headaches. It is not recommended for any other kind of headaches or pain relief. Therefore Imigran should only be considered when the patient has been diagnosed with migraine. If your migraine symptoms include vomiting and nausea, then the Imigran nasal spray may be more effective for you.

It is essential to follow the instructions given by your doctor when taking Imigran. They will help you understand the correct dosage and method of taking the medication as per your health condition and requirement. It is also good to read the patient information leaflet provided with the pack. Here is the general way of using Imigran:

  1. Tablets

  1. Take your first dose as soon as your migraine attack begins.

  1. Your doctor or pharmacist can advise if you need Imigran 50mg or Imigran 100mg tablets.

  1. Swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water. Do not chew or crush the tablet.

  1. You should experience relief within thirty to sixty minutes. If your headache comes back, wait for at least two hours before taking another dose.

  1. Do not take a double dose for one migraine attack.

  1. Do not consume more than 300mg of Imigran tablets within 24 hours.

  1. Injections 

  1. Imigran comes with a pre-filled syringe or auto-injector containing one dose. 

  1. Each dose of the Imigran injection contains 6mg of Sumatriptan. 

  1. Read the instructions carefully to understand how to use and dispose of your used syringe safely. 

  1. The injection is to be taken after your migraine attack has begun. 

  1. Inject the medication into your thigh.

  1. Generally, medicine begins to take effect within ten to fifteen minutes.

  1. If your headache returns, you may take another dose after one hour.

  1. Do not take a double dose for one migraine attack.

  1. Do not consume more than two injections of Imigran within 24 hours.

  1. Nasal Spray

  1. One single-use spray contains 10mg to 20mg of Sumatriptan.

  1. Read the instructions carefully before using the Imigran nasal spray.

  1. If you have a cold, then blow and clear your nose before taking Imigran.

  1. Place a finger over one nostril and spray the medicine into the other while gently breathing in.

  1. Generally, medicine begins to take effect within ten to fifteen minutes.

  1. If your headache returns, you may take another dose after two hours.

  1. Do not take a double dose for one migraine attack.

  1. Do not consume more than two doses of nasal spray within 24 hours.

Your doctor or pharmacist will tell you the required dose of Imigran for your migraine. As Imigran works to stop migraine attacks and not prevent them, it is advisable to take your prescribed amount of Imigran shortly after the onset of your migraine headache. You can also take it any time during a migraine attack. Usually, the recommended dose for Imigran is as follows:

  • Tablets: Imigran tablets are available, namely Imigran 50 for 50mg and Imigran 100 for 100mg. Your doctor or pharmacist will tell you which one is best for you. Take one Imigran tablet shortly after your migraine begins.

    If your headache improves after the first dose but comes back after some time, you can take another Imigran tablet dose. But ensure that there is a two-hour gap between the first and second dose. Limit your consumption of Imigran tablets to 300mg in 24 hours.

  • Injection: Each Imigran injection contains 6mg Sumatriptan active ingredient. Take one pre-filled Imigran injection as soon as your migraine headache begins.

    The injection has to be taken in the thigh. If your headache improves after the first dose but comes back after some time, you can take another dose of Imigran injection. But ensure that there is a one hour gap between the first and second dose. Limit your consumption of Imigran injections to two doses in 24 hours.

  • Nasal Spray: Each Imigran single-use nasal spray contains 10mg to 20mg of Sumatriptan active ingredient. Take one single-use Imigran nasal spray shortly after your migraine headache begins.

    If your headache improves after the first dose but comes back after some time, you can take another dose of the Imigran nasal spray. But ensure that there is a two-hour gap between the first and second dose. Limit your consumption of Imigran single-use sprays to two doses in 24 hours.

Imigran is an effective medication that helps people cope with migraine symptoms. However, before you take Imigran, here are some essential facts about this medication to keep in mind:

  1. Take an Imigran tablet, injection or nasal spray after the onset of your migraine headache.

  1. Imigran cannot prevent a migraine attack and, therefore, should not be taken beforehand.

  1. Imigran tablets take thirty to sixty minutes to provide relief. Injections and nasal sprays usually take effect faster.

  1. Do not take other migraine medicines such as ergotamine or other Triptans when taking Imigran.

  1. Other brand names for the same medication include Migraitan and Boots Migraine Relief 50mg Tablets.

Even though Imigran is an effective medicine for treating migraine, it may not be suitable for everyone. Talk to your doctor about your health, other medical conditions and ongoing treatments, if any – before taking Imigran. Here are a few cases wherein Imigran is not recommended:

  • If you are over 65 years or under 18 years of age.

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • If you have had a heart attack in the past or have heart disease such as angina.

  • If you have high blood pressure (hypertension)

  • If you have blood circulation problems.

  • If you have any problems or diseases related to the liver or kidneys.

  • If you have had a stroke, ischemic attack, or seizure in the past.

  • If you are allergic to Imigran or any of the ingredients of this medicine.

  • If you have had an allergic reaction to sulfonamide antibiotic medicine.

Just like any other medication, some side effects have been associated with ImigranMedicines may affect different people in different ways. Just because a side effect is mentioned here does not mean that every person taking Imigran will experience the side effect. Also, to be noted, this is not a comprehensive list of side effects.

Some of the common side effects (affecting between 1 and 100 people) associated with Imigran are:

  1. Fatigue

  1. Feeling dizzy or unsteady

  1. Feeling sick (nausea or vomiting)

  1. Hot or cold flashes

  1. Face flushes red

  1. Irritation or burning sensation in your nose or throat after using a nasal spray

  1. Nosebleeds (with use of nasal spray)

  1. Bad breath or bad taste in your mouth after using nasal spray

  1. Taking Imigran injections sometimes causes bleeding, bruising or swelling in the spot where you injected the medication

Some rare side effects of Imigran observed among 1 in 1000 or more people include:

  1. Tingling sensation in your arms, legs, face or chest

  1. Feeling heaviness in your arms, legs, face or chest

  1. Feeling warm or cool in your arms, legs, face or chest

  1. Allergic reaction to one or more ingredients of Imigran

Yes. Imigran may interact with some other medications that you are taking to reduce their effectiveness and vice versa. Talk to your doctor about any medicines you are taking to ensure that none of the medicines interacts negatively with Imigran. Here are some medicines that should not be taken alongside Imigran:

  • Migraine medications such as other triptans, methysergide, or ergotamine.

  • Medicines containing other receptor agonists such as Naratriptan or Rizatriptan.

  • Antidepressants including SSRI, SRNI, and MAOI

  • Herbal medicines such as St. John's Wort for depression.

Store Imigran in a cool, dry place away from direct heat or sunlight. Keep all the medicines out of sight and reach of children.

You can buy Imigran safely in the UK from MedsNow online pharmacy. Check our website for the Imigran 50mg price and other details. Place the order for the medication from the convenience of your home. Imigran UK is a prescription-only medication. You can also take an online consultation with our doctors or pharmacists before buying the drug. The medication is delivered to your doorstep.

Is it Safe to Use Imigran Whilst Pregnant or Breastfeeding?
It is not advisable to use Imigran while pregnant or breastfeeding. If you are breastfeeding and need to take Imigran, refrain from breastfeeding or using expressed milk within 12 hours of taking Imigran.

Even though there is no evidence to suggest an increased risk of congenital disabilities or complications during pregnancy as a result of using Imigran – it is not recommended to use Imigran while pregnant.

How Long Does Imigran Take to Work?
Imigran tablets take effect within thirty to sixty minutes of taking the first dose. Imigran injections offer relief within ten to fifteen minutes, and the Imigran nasal spray takes fifteen minutes to relieve a migraine headache.

How Often Can You Take Imigran?
If you are using Imigran tablets, and your headache improves after the first dose but comes back after some time, you can take another Imigran tablet dose. But ensure that there is a two-hour gap between the first and second dose. Limit your consumption of Imigran tablets to 300mg in 24 hours.

Can I Take Imigran With Paracetamol?
Yes. It is safe to take Imigran with paracetamols.

Is Imigran a Painkiller?
No. Imigran is not a painkiller but a Triptan medication. It is used to relieve pain and other migraines symptoms, but it is not classified as an anti-inflammatory or painkiller medication.

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