Prices include next-day delivery and prescription
|12 tablets||£22.99||Save £9|
|18 tablets||£29.99||Save £18|
More information about Sumatriptan
Sumatriptan, often sold under the brand name Imigran, is a medication used to treat acute migraines. You should only take this treatment if you have been diagnosed with migraines by a medical professional. If you have been diagnosed, you are likely to have experienced repeated episodes of the condition over several years.
Sumatriptan helps to alleviate symptoms associated with the headache stage of the condition (also known as the ‘main attack stage’), which involves a painful throbbing headache and nausea.
Please note, this medication is not preventative. You should only take it to deal with ongoing symptoms. Do not take it on a regular basis to prevent attacks.
Sumatriptan is available in the form of both tablets and a nasal spray, which both work to effectively combat symptoms.
The precise cause of migraines is unknown. Your brain does not possess pain receptors; rather, it processes pain signals from other areas of the body. However, serotonin (a chemical found in the brain) is believed to play an important role.
Both the tablets and the Imigran nasal spray contain the same active ingredient: Sumatriptan, a serotonin (5-HT1) agonist that works on serotonin receptors in your brain’s blood vessels. These types of medications are more commonly known as ‘triptans’, alongside zolmitriptan, naratriptan and rizatriptan.
Sumatriptan targets the brain’s blood vessels as medical research suggests that migraines are caused by these blood vessels widening. The tablets therefore help them to return to their normal size, alleviating symptoms. They also prevent pain signals from reaching your brain.
Do not use Sumatriptan to prevent an attack - only to alleviate migraine symptoms.
When taking any medication, you should follow the advice of your doctor as well as the guidelines listed in the patient information leaflet.
Painkillers are also safe to use alongside Sumatriptan, provided you have not experienced adverse reactions to these in the past.
Sumatriptan is available in two doses; 50mg and 100mg. Your doctor will most likely prescribe the 50mg dosage to start with and, depending on how you respond, may increase this to the 100mg dosage.
Instructions for taking Sumatriptan are as follows:
The typical dosage of the Imigran nasal spray is 20mg, sprayed once into one nostril. You should not spray twice nor spray once in both nostrils. If you use more Imigran than you should, you seek immediate medical advice.
Below is a summary of how to use the spray, however a full step-by-step guide with diagrams is available and can be found in the patient information leaflet.
Your nose may feel wet and you may have a strange taste in your mouth for a short while after using the spray. This is normal, and should pass soon after administering the spray.
All prescription medication poses a risk of side effects. Commonly reported side effects of Sumatriptan include:
Some of these side effects may also be symptoms of the migraine itself.
You should inform your doctor if you experience any of these for a prolonged period. For a comprehensive list of side effects, please consult the patient leaflet.
If you believe you are suffering an allergic reaction, please seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, throat and tongue and skin reactions.
Taking ‘triptans’ regularly can sometimes cause headaches, a phenomenon known as medication overuse headache (MOH) or rebound headaches. If you take ‘triptans’ more than 10 days each month, you may be more at risk of rebound headaches and may benefit from specific treatment.
You should have first been prescribed Sumatriptan by your regular doctor, before ordering online. This is so that they can assess your reaction to it, and confirm it has the desired effects.
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should consult their doctor before taking Sumatriptan. Traces of Sumatriptan has been found in breast milk, whilst not known to be harmful, you should always consult your doctor just in case.
In addition, if you are aged over 65, you should only use this medication when advised to by a medical professional.
Do not use Sumatriptan if you have:
If you are prone to any of the following types of migraine, you should also not use Sumatriptan:
Similarly, avoid Sumatriptan or Imigran if you have taken other migraine medications such as zolmitriptan recently.
You should avoid driving or operating heavy machinery if you experience drowsiness as a result of taking Sumatriptan.
Do not take Sumatriptan if you have also had a monoamine oxidase inhibitor medicine (MAOI) within the past two weeks. These might include:
In rare cases, Sumatriptan can cause serotonin syndrome when taken alongside medications that increase the activity of serotonin. These include SSRIs, SNRIs, lithium, tramadol, dapoxetine and St John's Wort.
Sumatriptan tablets and Imigran nasal spray are available to purchase online here at HealthExpress, provided you have been formally diagnosed with migraines. All you have to do is complete a medical questionnaire that will be reviewed by one of our registered doctors. Once they find you are suitable for treatment, your medication will be dispensed and dispatched with free next-day delivery.
|Product name||Sumatriptan / Imigran|
|Manufacturer||Teva Pharmaceuticals / GlaxoSmithKline|
|Description||A medication prescribed for the relief of symptoms of migraine attacks|
|Exemption||Subject to medical prescription|
|Administration||Oral / intranasal|
|Presentation||Tablets / nasal spray|
|Available dosage||50 or 100mg tablets or 20mg nasal spray|
|Application||Adults suffering from migraines|
|Posology||Consult patient leaflet|
|Drug class||Selective serotonin receptor agonists|
|Alcohol consumption||Not recommended|
|When pregnant/breastfeeding||Speak to your doctor|
Note: Decisions about treatment are for both the prescriber and the person to jointly consider during the consultation. However, the final decision will always be the prescriber’s.
Sumatriptan is a medication used to treat migraines is typically taken at the first sign of a migraine headache. Sumatriptan is not intended for use regularly and should only be used as needed.
No, Sumatriptan is not a narcotic (opiate)
No, Sumatriptan is a clinically proven migraine treatment that has been licensed for use by the medicines regulatory body (MHRA).
You can buy 50 mg Sumatriptan over the counter in small quantities (around 2 tablets). You will still need to be clinically diagnosed with migraine and a pharmacist will need to confirm that before you can purchase it over the counter.
Sumatriptan is a prescription-only medicine because it is not suitable for everyone to take. It's also because your doctor will want to ensure there is no underlying cause of your migraines and monitor your treatment.
If you find you have at least 15 migraine days per month, you may benefit from more specialist treatment.
A dose of Sumatriptan will stay in your body for around 10 hours.
No, Sumatriptan should not cause weight loss. If you are experiencing sudden and/or unexplained weight loss, you should consult your doctor.
Yes, Sumatriptan can cause a temporary rise in blood pressure. However, your blood pressure should soon return to normal after the migraine has gone. If you're concerned about your blood pressure, you should consult your doctor.
Sumatriptan does not affect birth control. However, vomiting during a migraine attack may alter the effectiveness of your contraceptive pill. Follow the instructions in the patient information leaflet of your contraceptive if you vomit after taking your pill.
Yes, you can take paracetamol, aspirin, ibuprofen, co-codamol or any other painkiller if your first dose of Sumatriptan does not help straight away. If you find you need to take painkillers and Sumatriptan regularly, however, consult your doctor for alternative migraine treatment.
You should not use Tramadol without your doctor's advice or supervision, as it is a highly addictive opiate and may not be suitable for migraine treatment.
You should consult your doctor about using Sumatriptan during pregnancy.
Whilst alcohol doesn't interact with the medicine itself, drinking alcohol during or soon after a migraine attack is not recommended.
Very effective for my migraines.Miss Davey
it's wonderful clears my migraine in an hour I'd be lost without it and health expressDarryl B
Good value & works for me every timeSandra A