Imigran

Imigran

Imigran is a tablet for the treatment of migraines. It uses the active ingredient sumatriptan, which makes this drug part of the triptan family. Throughout the world, migraines are a common complaint, affecting more women than men for the most part. More information

A doctor will review your order and write you a prescription, if appropriate. This prescription is then forwarded to a pharmacy. The pharmacy will have your medicine delivered to you within one to three working days. Read more about this process here.

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Imigran is a form of migraine treatment within the "triptan" family. The active ingredient of Imigran is Sumatriptan, which is used for the treatment of various side-effects associated with migraine headaches. Imigran is available in tablet, nasal spray, and other forms.   

What is Imigran? 

Imigran is a tablet for the treatment of migraines. It uses the active ingredient sumatriptan, which makes this drug part of the triptan family. Throughout the world, migraines are a common complaint, affecting more women than men for the most part. These severe forms of the standard headache are triggered by many factors, including alcohol and chocolate. However, experts believe that genetics play a role in how likely you are to have a migraine. Imigran nasal spray provides quick relief from migraine symptoms, by using sumatriptan to narrow the widening blood vessels in the brain that are responsible for causing migraine symptoms. Imigran nasal spray needs to be sprayed directly into the nostrils when you notice the first signs of a migraine attack.  

When is Imigran used? 

Imigran is a migraine medication, it will not be prescribed for standard headaches or tension headaches. This nasal spray is a slightly faster way to relieve a migraine attack than a tablet. It can also be easier to use a nasal spray if your migraine symptoms include nausea and vomiting. Imigran will not prevent a migraine attack from occurring, but it will reduce the symptoms of the attack when it happens by narrowing the widening blood vessels in the head. This helps to reduce the appearance of symptoms like nausea, headache, and sensitivity to light or sound.  

Currently, the underlying causes of a migraine aren't known for certain, but doctors often find that stress, tiredness, hunger, and various other physiological factors can be responsible. Certain foods and drinks can be connected to migraines too. Sometimes, Imigran can be suitable for use with migraine attacks that feature an "aura", which means that you see flashes of light or changes in your vision when you start to get the headache. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor to find out more.  

How do you use Imigran? 

It is important to always follow the instructions provided by your doctor when you're taking a new medication. If you have any questions, read through the patient leaflet that is provided with Imigran, or speak to a pharmacist about your concerns. Be sure to check the medicine leaflet during every refill of this medication to ensure that nothing has changed.  

Imigran nasal spray contains only a single dose of the medication. The spray comes with step-by-step instructions included to help you make sure that you use the medicine correctly. When you are ready to take the medication, put the nozzle of the spray into your nostril, and press your finger against the other nostril to block it. If you have a blocked nose or cold, make sure that you blow your nose before taking this spray so that you can inhale properly.  

Breathe outwards through your mouth, then tip your head back slightly and close your mouth, breathe in and out gently through your nose, and as you breathe in, press down on the medication's plunger to release the full dose of the drug. Once you're finished, remove the spray from your nostril and throw it away. You may have the urge to sneeze after taking Imigran nasal spray, and your nose might feel slightly uncomfortable. Some people also get a funny taste in their mouth. This is perfectly normal.  

What dosages are available? 

Imigran comes in various doses depending on the nature of your condition and the severity of your symptoms. Your doctor will choose the dose that is right for you based on your medical history. Often, the nasal spray will come in a dose of 10mg or 20mg of sumatriptan. On the other hand, the tablets can come in 50mg and 100mg doses. For tablets, the usual dose is one single tablet at a time, taken at the onset of a migraine. You should not take more than 300mg of Imigran in one day. 

The common dose for the nasal spray version of this medication is one single spray in the prescribed dose at the onset of migraine. For children over the age of 12 years, a low dose of 10mg per day may be suitable.  

What are the side effects of Imigran? 

Most people who take Imigran will experience no side effects. However, if problems do occur with Imigran, they will usually be very mild and temporary. Your doctor may ask you to persist in using this medication until your body has had a chance to get used to it, if your side effects are mild. If your symptoms worsen or persist, you should speak to a doctor or pharmacist at your earliest convenience to see whether a different drug would be better for you. 

Common side effects of Imigran nasal spray include: 

  • Vomiting or nausea 
  • Pain, flushing or tingling throughout the body 
  • Changes in blood pressure 
  • Bleeding in the nose 
  • Feelings of dizziness or faintness 
  • Problems with your eyesight 
  • Burning or irritation in the nose or throat 
  • Pain in the stomach or bloody stool  
  • Uncontrollable movements 
  • Shaking 
  • Shortness of breath 

In some cases, more serious side effects may occur when using Imigran. You should speak to your doctor and stop taking Imigran immediately if you notice any side effects that cause you significant concern. For instance, avoid taking Imigran if you have an irregular heartbeat, feel pressure or heaviness in your chest or throat, or have a convulsion or fit. Seek emergency medical attention if you have persistent discoloration in your nose, ears, fingers, toes, or jaw after taking Imigran. Do not continue taking this medication if you have wheezing, swelling, or difficulty breathing after using Imigran. If you think that you might be experiencing an allergic reaction, which might present in the form of swelling in the lips, throat, or tongue, tell a doctor immediately.  

When shouldn't you use Imigran? 

Imigran is not a suitable treatment for all people who suffer from migraines. An in-depth consultation with your doctor will help them to decide whether this substance is appropriate for you. It's important not to use Imigran if you are allergic to any of the ingredients that are listed within the medication's patient leaflet.

Additionally, do not use Imigran nasal spray if you: 

  • Have any history of heart problems, chest pains, or you have ever had a heart attack 
  • You have ever had a mini-stroke or stroke  
  • You have ever had serious problems with liver disease 
  • You have particularly high blood pressure 
  • You're currently taking an additional form of migraine medication that contains triptans 

Your doctor may still prescribe Imigran if you suffer from certain conditions, but he or she may want to keep a close eye on you to ensure that this treatment isn't causing any dangerous side effects. Make sure that you use Imigran with caution if you have a history of fits or seizures, you're a heavy smoker, or you're taking antidepressants that contain SSRI medications. You should be cautious with this medication if you have kidney or liver disease too.  

If you're pregnant or you're concerned that you may become pregnant, you will need to consult your doctor before you take this medication. You should not breastfeed your child for 12 hours after using Imigran nasal spray, as you may have higher concentrations of the substance in your blood that could pass through to breast milk.  

Does Imigran interact with any other medications? 

Many different medications can interact negatively with other drugs or substances that you may be taking. Some drugs will interact poorly Imigran. It is important to tell your doctor about all the products that you are using alongside Imigran. This includes any over-the-counter medications, vitamins, or recreational drugs. Do not change the dose of any medication or start taking any new medications when you are already using Imigran.

It is important not to use Imigran if you are currently taking: 

  • Other migraine medications that contain triptans, methysergide, or ergotamine.  
  • Medications that contain receptor agonists like naratriptan or rizatriptan 
  • SSRI or SRNI antidepressant medications (your doctor can prescribe something different) 
  • MAOI antidepressants 
  • St John's Wort for depression 

Your doctor will be able to assess the medications that you're currently taking and tell you which combinations are safe.  

Where can you buy Imigran? 

You can order Imigran online with us to have it delivered in your name to a registered EU pharmacy. To place your order, you will need to also arrange a consultation with one of our official EU doctors to ensure that this treatment is suitable for your condition. You can purchase Imigran at most pharmacists online and offline.  

Can you get Imigran without a prescription?  

Imigran is not available without a prescription, your doctor will need to make sure that this substance is suitable for you by examining the condition that you're suffering from, and your medical background. Another medication will be suggested if Imigran is not safe.

 

References

GlaxoSmithKine UK, 2019, online, Imigran 20mg Nasal Spray [Accessed on the 22nd of August 2019], Available at: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/7609/smpc

John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP, 2016, online,  [Accessed on the 22nd of August 2019], Available at: https://www.rxlist.com/imitrex-nasal-spray-side-effects-drug-center.htm

WebMD, 2019, online, Sumatriptan Nasal  [Accessed on the 22nd of August 2019], Available at: https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-257/sumatriptan-nasal/details