Sumatriptan (as Succinate)
Imigran is a treatment for migraine. It is available as a nasal spray or as a tablet (Imigran Radis), both of which contain sumatriptan.
If you’re looking to renew your prescription for this migraine treatment, our secure pharmacy service enables you to buy Imigran online, and have it shipped to your chosen address within one working day. Take our questionnaire to start your consultation.
Imigran is a migraine treatment made by GlaxoSmithKline. It is available as a nasally administered spray (Imigran Nasal Spray), and as a tablet (Imigran Radis). Imigran helps to alleviate symptoms associated with migraine such as severe headache, oversensitivity to noise and light, and feelings of nausea and vomiting.
Effective drug for migraine
Nasal spray or tablet available
Branded GSK medication
Migraines affect around one in five women and one in fifteen men in the UK. People who have migraines will typically experience an attack after coming into contact certain triggers. This might be the consumption of a certain food, tiredness, lack of sleep, or stress. Some people might also experience migraines after consuming alcohol or caffeine.
The most common characteristic of a migraine is a throbbing, severe headache. Which symptoms this is accompanied by depends on which type of migraine you have. For instance, migraine with aura may present additional symptoms before the arrival of a headache. These include visual problems, such as the appearance of dark patches and flashing lines in the form of zig-zags; as well as a reduced ability to tolerate loud noises.
Some people may not get aura, and experience a severe headache right away. Others may get silent migraines, which involve all the warning signs associated with aura, without the presence of an actual headache.
It isn’t fully understood why some people are more prone to migraines than others, but as with most conditions, hereditary genes are thought to play a part; meaning that you may be more likely to experience migraines if you have a family history of them.
Over-the-counter painkillers are the first port of call for many when a migraine attack starts, but this may not prove effective for everyone. Tryptamine-based drugs (or triptans) may be necessary in some cases. Sumatriptan, the functioning agent in Imigran Nasal Spray and Imigran Radis, belongs to this class of treatments.
Migraines are the result of inflamed blood vessels around the brain. When this inflammation occurs, these blood vessels widen, and this causes pain and other symptoms. Medication in the triptan category works by reducing the widening of these blood vessels, and they do this by stimulating serotonin receptors in the brain. This helps to ease pain and other symptoms.
If you haven’t used migraine treatment before or are experiencing migraine symptoms for the first time, we would advise that you see your doctor in person. They will be able to help you find the right treatment, and initiate a prescription where suitable.
We’ve made it simple to renew your prescription and buy Imigran online. Take our questionnaire to begin your consultation, and our GMC-registered doctor will review your answers. Once your treatment has been confirmed as suitable, an e-prescription will be issued and sent to our pharmacy to be dispensed. Orders are shipped by tracked next-day courier, so you can expect to receive it in one working day.
Follow the directions issued by your prescriber when using this treatment, and read the instructions supplied in the patient information leaflet fully. Doing this will help you to limit the risk of possible side effects, and maximise the efficacy of the treatment.
For Imigran Nasal Spray:
- Administer as directed.
- This is one application of the nasal spray, into one nostril, when you first notice symptoms of a migraine.
- Please note that it is not a preventative treatment.
- Do not use more than one spray in any one 24-hour period, or exceed the prescribed dose.
- In the event that symptoms return after you have taken a dose, you may apply another if at least two hours have passed since your last administration.
For Imigran Radis:
- Use as prescribed.
- You should try to take one tablet with water as soon as you believe an attack is coming. However, if you take your tablet later it should still be effective.
- Do not take a tablet to prevent a migraine. It should only be taken when you begin to experience symptoms.
- You should only take one tablet for each attack.
- If you have another migraine within a 24 hour period, you can take another tablet as long as at least two hours have passed since you took your last one.
- A daily dose (taken over a 24-hour period) should not exceed 300mg.
- You should not take Imigran Radis is you are under 18 or over 65.
Please note that these do not constitute comprehensive directions, and that you will need to read those supplied in the patient information leaflet prior to use.
Let your doctor know immediately if you notice anything resembling an allergic reaction, signs of which may include: rash or hives; wheezing; swollen eyelids, face or lips; or loss of consciousness.
Imigran Nasal Spray
Common (1 in 10 people or less):
Heaviness, pressure, tightness or pain in the chest or throat, numbness or tingling, nose or throat irritation, nose bleed, feeling or being sick, drowsiness, flushing, dizziness, shortness of breath, or aching muscles.
Notify your doctor if chest pain develops or persists.
Very rare (1 in 10,000 people or less):
Liver function changes.
Common (1 in 10 people or less):
Pressure, pain or tightness in the chest, throat or elsewhere, hot or cold sensations, pins and needles or numbness (if these symptoms become severe and do not pass quickly you should seek medical advice straight away), shortness of breath, vomiting or nausea, feeling dizzy, drowsiness, muscle pain, hot flushes, or temporary high blood pressure.
Rare (1 in 1,000 people or less):
Changes in liver function.
Disturbed heart rate, angina, heart attack, impaired vision, fits, convulsions, muscle spasms, feeling faint, blue tinged skin, anxiety, joint pain, sweating, or diarrhoea.
This is intended as a brief guide and not a comprehensive list. Make sure you read the patient information leaflet included with this medicine for full details of possible side effects.
Taking it with other medicines
You must disclose details of all other medicines you are currently taking when you complete your medical consultation. This is so your clinician can be sure that this medicine is safe for you and suitable for your requirements.
Medications that can interact with Imigran include: antidepressants (MAOIs, SNRIs, and SSRIs); other migraine remedies including ergotamines and those which contain triptan; and natural treatments which have the herbal extract St John’s Wort as an ingredient.
Conditions to look out for
You should not take Imigran if you have ever had: a stroke, angina, heart disease or heart attack; peripheral vascular disease (a condition caused by a narrowing in the arteries of the leg); hypertension (high blood pressure); or a serious liver disease.
It should also not be taken alongside some antidepressants (or within two weeks of taking MAOIs), other migraine treatments, or if you are allergic to any of the ingredients.
Special care should be exercised if: you are at an increased risk of developing heart disease (for example a smoker, a man over the age of 40, or a postmenopausal woman); you have a history of fits or are at a heightened risk of having them; you have high blood pressure; you have a kidney or liver disease; you are taking SSRI or SNRI antidepressants; or you have an allergy to the group of antibiotics called sulphonamides.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Check with your GP or family planning nurse before taking this treatment if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant.
You should not breastfeed for 12 hours after using Imigran.
Driving and using machines
This medication may cause drowsiness. Do not drive or use machinery if side effects such as this or your migraine symptoms affect your ability to do so safely.
Can I still drink alcohol?
It is not recommended that you drink alcohol when you have a migraine as this can make your symptoms worse and negate the effects of your medicine.
Will I still be able to drive?
If you are experiencing migraine symptoms, driving is generally not recommended. Imigran may also cause drowsiness, making driving unsafe.
Can I take the medicine while pregnant?
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding and develop a migraine you should speak to your doctor for advice before taking any medications.
If you do use this treatment while breastfeeding, do not breastfeed your baby for twelve hours after taking this medicine.
How should I store it?
Store at room temperature and keep out of reach of children. You should not use it after the expiry date.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
The ingredients of Imigran Radis are as follows: sumatriptan, calcium hydrogen phosphate, sodium hydrogen carbonate, croscarmellose sodium, microcrystalline cellulose, hypromellose, glycerol triacetate, titanium dioxide, magnesium stearate and red iron oxide. If you have an allergy to any of these ingredients you should not use this product.
Imigran Nasal Spray contains sumatriptan, potassium dihydrogen phosphate, dibasic sodium phosphate anhydrous, sulphuric acid, sodium hydroxide and purified water. You should not use it if you are allergic to any of these ingredients.
Is it available over-the-counter?
Imigran is prescription only. This means that a doctor will need to assess your suitability for it prior to use.
Is it right for me?
Patients who have not used this treatment before or who are experiencing new migraine symptoms should see their doctor in person.
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