Imigran Nasal Spray
Imigran is a nasal spray which contains sumatriptan, and is made by GlaxoSmithKline. It is used to treat migraines and relieve associated headache pain.
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One dose (or spray) of Imigran contains 20mg of sumatriptan. This is taken when migraine symptoms start, and no more than twice in any 24-hour period.
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Imigran Nasal Spray is used to treat migraines, and is made by GlaxoSmithKline. It is applied to one nostril and is used at the onset of a migraine, to help alleviate pain, as well as other symptoms such as oversensitivity to noise and light, and feelings of nausea and vomiting.
- Effective drug for migraine
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Migraines affect around one in five women and one in fifteen men in the UK. They are usually initiated in those who are susceptible to them by certain triggers. This might be the consumption of a certain food, or keeping a poor diet. Triggers also include tiredness, lack of sleep, and stress. Some people 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, 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, 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 associated discomfort and other symptoms.
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How to use Imigran Nasal Spray
Follow the directions issued by your prescriber when using this product, 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.
- 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.
- To use Imigran Nasal Spray, follow the detailed instructions provided in the patient information leaflet.
Please note that these do not constitute comprehensive directions, and you will need to read those supplied in the patient information leaflet prior to use.
Imigran Nasal Spray side effects
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.
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.
This is not a complete list of associated side effects. More information can be found in the patient information leaflet.
Taking it with other medicines
Let your prescriber know if you are taking any other prescription, non-prescription or remedial products when completing the medical assessment. Imigran may interact with the following: ergotamine or similar aids for migraine; other triptans such as naratriptan, rizatriptan, zolmitriptan; SSRIs or SNRIs; MAOIs; or St John’s Wort.
Conditions to look out for
Disclose your medical history to your prescriber during consultation. You should not take Imigran if you have or have ever had: a heart problem such as angina; a heart attack; circulation problems in your legs; a stroke or a mini-stroke; high blood pressure; or serious liver disease. Your usage may also need to be monitored if you: smoke; are over 40; have been through the menopause; have any condition which puts you at increased risk of heart attack; have liver or kidney disease; or have epilepsy.
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
Do not drive or use machinery if you are affected by any side effects such as dizziness.
Q&A: our Imigran Nasal Spray discussion forum
Can I still drink alcohol?
It is not thought that alcohol will influence the function of this treatment; but it is advisable to avoid drinking alcohol during the course of a migraine as it may make you feel worse.
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?
You will need to discuss with your doctor whether this product is suitable for you if you are pregnant. Those who are breastfeeding should not do so for 12 hours after taking this drug.
How should I store it?
Keep sealed, below 30°C and do not freeze it.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
Imigran 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?
This is a prescription only product, as a doctor will need to assess your suitability for it prior to use. Our secure consultation service provides this facility.
Is it right for me?
If you have not taken migraine treatment before, or are having symptoms for the first time, you should see your doctor in person.
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