- Treats painful migraines
- Relieves pain and other symptoms
- Effective for sudden migraine attacks
- Branded version of Sumatriptan
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Quick migraine facts
- 1 in 5 women suffer from migraines
- 1 in 15 men suffer from migraines
- Migraines last between 4 - 72 hours
- There are 190,000 migraine attacks every day in the UK
- Around 10 million people in the UK suffer from migraines
What is Imigran (Sumatriptan)?
Imigran is the brand name for a medicine called sumatriptan, which belongs to a group of medicines known as triptans. Triptans are specifically used as treatments for migraines, providing fast and effective relief from migraine headaches.
It is part of a group of medicines called triptans, or serotonin (5-HT1) agonists.
Imigran tablets can be taken by adults over 18 years of age.
This medicine is also available as Imigran Nasal Spray for migraines.
What is Imigran used to treat?
Imigran (sumatriptan) is commonly prescribed to treat migraine headaches, which are often painful and debilitating, preventing you from going about your daily life.
While it is not a painkiller, you can take sumatriptan if other painkillers or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have not provided effective pain relief.
Ideally, you should take Imigran as soon as possible after you feel a migraine coming on. Although it will still be effective if taken later on during a migraine.
How does Imigran work?
It is not completely understood what causes a migraine attack, but they are believed to be caused by the temporary widening of blood vessels in the brain.
Imigran’s active ingredient, sumatriptan, is believed to work by narrowing the blood vessels back to their normal size. This relieves the pain and other symptoms like feeling sick and being extra-sensitive to light and sound.
Sumatriptan will generally get to work after around 30 minutes of being taken.
Imigran is not a preventative medicine and should not be used to prevent migraines from occurring. It should only be taken at the onset of an attack.
How to take Imigran
For best results, take one Imigran tablet as soon as you start to feel a migraine attack coming on.
Swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water. Do not crush or chew it.
A second dose can be taken if the initial dose is not effective, or if your symptoms return. However, you must wait at least two hours before taking a second tablet.
The maximum dose is 300mg in 24 hours.
Refer to the patient information leaflet, which will come with your medicine, for full instructions. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Who can take Imigran?
Imigran (sumatriptan) is generally considered safe, but it may not be suitable for everyone to use.
Imigran is not suitable for children under the age of 18, unless recommended by a doctor.
It is also not recommended that people over the age of 65 take this migraine treatment.
You should not use any sumatriptan medicines without speaking to your doctor first if any of the below conditions apply to you:
- You have recently had a stroke or a mini stroke
- You have any heart problems like narrowing of the arteries or angina
- You have recently had a heart attack
- You have serious liver disease
- You have a history of seizures
- You have kidney disease
- You have an intolerance to some sugars
- You are allergic to sulphonamides
- You have high blood pressure
- You are currently using or have recently used any of the following anti-depressant medicines: MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors), SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) including citalopram, fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, paroxetine and sertaline, SNRIs (serotonin noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors) including venlafaxine and duloxetine
- You are allergic to sumatriptan or any of the other ingredients listed in these tablets
You should also inform your doctor if:
- You are a woman who has been through the menopause
- You are a man aged 40 or over
- You are a heavy smoker or are using any nicotine replacement therapy treatments
This list is not exhaustive. Always read the patient information leaflet for comprehensive warnings.
Common side effects of Imigran
As is the case with all medicines, Imigran (sumatriptan) comes with certain adverse effects, although not everyone will get them.
Common side effects of taking sumatriptan include:
- Feeling tired or drowsy
- A temporary increase in blood pressure
- Dizziness, feeling weak or getting hot flushes
- Feeling sick or being sick
- Muscles aching
- Shortness of breath
- Tingling sensations
- Feeling hot or cold
- Pain, heaviness or tightness in the chest
If you get any of these above symptoms, you should stop taking the medicine and contact your doctor as soon as possible.
Please note that the above list is not exhaustive. For more serious symptoms, please refer to the Side Effects tab on this page.
Always read the patient information leaflet before you take any new medicine.
Can you buy Imigran over the counter?
You can only buy Imigran when you have been prescribed it by a doctor.
Can you buy Imigran online in the UK?
Sumatriptan is a prescription-only medicine (POM). To buy Imigran online from Medicine Direct, you will first need to fill out an online consultation questionnaire to make sure it is safe for you to take.
One of our doctors or pharmacists will review your answers before your order is confirmed. Next day delivery is available if you place your order by 2pm.
For your own safety, you should not order medicine online unless it is from an online pharmacy that is regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), like Medicine Direct.
If you suffer from migraines, there are many different medicines available to relieve the symptoms. Imigran is also available as a nasal spray, which is a convenient alternative for adults who find it hard to swallow whole tablets. The nasal spray also contains sumatriptan and works in the same way as the tablet version of Imigran. This is a prescription-only medicine (POM) for adults.
Imigran is available as a generic (non-branded) version which contains the exact same active ingredient however it is usually cheaper in price. For the generic version of Imigran, you can buy Sumatriptan tablets online from Medicine Direct.
Other triptan medicines can also be ordered from our online pharmacy. The likes of Almotriptan, Zolmitriptan and Rizatriptan are available from Medicine Direct and work to relieve migraines in the same way as Sumatriptan.
Alternatively, there are non-prescription options for migraines, such as Migraleve Pink and Anadin Extra.
See our Migraines page for a full list of medicines.
Imigran Dosage and Directions
Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Imigran.
Always take migraine relief tablets precisely as your doctor instructs you. You should also always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you take Imigran (sumatriptan).
If you have any concerns or questions at all, please speak to your doctor or pharmacist before you take your first dose of Imigran.
Do not take use this medicine to prevent a migraine attack from coming on, you should only take these tablets once your migraine has started. For the most effective relief, it is best to take Imigran as soon as you feel the attack taking effect.
The average dose for adults between the ages of 18 and 65 is one Imigran tablet.
These tablets should be swallowed whole with a glass of water.
If this medicine does not provide any relief from your migraine, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice. Do not take more medication than you are directed to in an attempt to make it more effective.
What if I take more than I am supposed to?
Do not take more than six 50mg tablets or three 100mg tablets in the same 24 hours.
Taking more than 300mg of Imigran (sumatriptan) in 24 hours can make you ill; if you take too much of this medicine you should contact your doctor immediately.
What if my migraine starts to come back?
If your migraine symptoms start to return, you can take another Imigran tablet if at least 2 hours have passed since you took the first one.
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Imigran Side Effects
The most common side effects of taking Imigran can be found on the main page for this product.
In rare cases, you may experience more serious adverse effects while taking Imigran.
Speak to your doctor if any of these symptoms flare up while taking Imigran:
- You have seizures, fits, muscle spasms, neck stiffness or tremors
- Excessive sweating
- Pain in your joints
- Feeling anxious
- Heart problems, such as a heart attack, a change in your heartbeat or heart rhythm
- Chest pains
- Feeling faint (this may me a sign of lower blood pressure)
- Pain in your stomach and bloody diarrhoea (ischaemic colitis)
- Pale blue-tinged skin and/or in your fingers, toes, ears, nose or jaw in response to cold or stress (this could be a sign of Raynaud’s phenomenon)
- Changes in your liver function
This list may not be exhaustive; you should refer to the patient information leaflet for the full list of side effects associated with Imigran tablets. If you have any doubts or concerns, always speak to your pharmacist before you start to take the medicine.
In rare cases, you may experience a severe allergic reaction to Imigran and require urgent treatment in hospital.
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should go to A&E or call 999 immediately:
- You are wheezing
- You have tightness in the chest or throat
- You have a sever skin rash that is red, itchy, swollen, peeling or blistering skin
- You have swelling of the face, lips, tongue, mouth or throat
- You are finding it difficult to breathe or talk
Imigran Warnings and drug interactions
Imigran may interact with other medicines, hindering its effectiveness.
Before you start taking Imigran, you should always make sure that your doctor or pharmacist is aware of any other medicines you may already be using. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medications, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.
Some medicines should be avoided while using Imigran. If you are already taking any of the following, you should inform your doctor and pharmacist before you start to use Imigran:
- Any herbal remedies that contain St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) - these medicines could make it more likely for you to experience side effects.
- Any Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) to treat depression. You should not use Imigran if you have taken these in the past two weeks.
- Any Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or Serotonin–norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) to treat depression. Mixing these with Imigran can cause serotonin syndrome.
- Any other triptans/5-HT1 receptor agonists to treat migraine. Stop taking these medicines at least 24 hours before you start to use Imigran.
- Ergotamine - a medicine also used to treat migraine.
Because feeling dizzy and/or drowsy are common side effects associated with taking Imigran, it is not recommended that you drive, ride a bike or operate any kind of machinery if you begin to feel these effects. Speak to your doctor if these symptoms begin to worry you or do not go away.
If you have any questions, doubts or concerns at all, you should not hesitate to discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist before you start to take a new medicine.
To protect yourself from buying counterfeit medicines online, you should only ever purchase medicine from a registered online pharmacy like Medicine Direct. If you order online with us before 2pm, you will receive your order the next day.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Imigran tablets may not be suitable for women who are pregnant. If you are currently pregnant, trying to get pregnant or think you might be pregnant, you should speak to your doctor before you use Imigran. There may be a more suitable treatment for your migraines.
If you are currently breastfeeding, you should not breastfeed your baby for at least 12 hours after taking Imigran tablets.
This medicine may also react badly with other medication you are already taking. Please, see the Warnings and Drug Interactions tab for a full list of medicines you should be wary of while using Imigran tablets.
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The active ingredient contained in Imigran is sumatriptan.
The inactive ingredients also contained within this medicine are: lactose, microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, methyl hydroxypropyl cellulose (E464) and titanium dioxide (E171).
Please note that the 50mg version of this tablet also contains triacetin and iron oxide (E172).
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