Imigran (Sumatriptan) Tablets

  • Imigran is a medication used to help with the pain and pressure that comes during a migraine, also aiding with the symptoms of sensitivity to noise, light and neck stiffness. It is a brand of the drug Sumatriptan which is part of a group of drugs known as triptans (or 5-HT1 receptor agonists). These are shown to help relieve pain symptoms when traditional treatments such as painkillers are failing to provide relief.
  • The way they work is to reverse the changes in the brain that cause migraines and subsequently help to alleviate the pain of a migraine more effectively as opposed to paracetamol and ibuprofen which often provide temporary relief but do not produce a substantial result.
  • What causes a migraine is not entirely known though it is thought is to be due to temporary changes in the chemicals, nerves and blood vessels within the brain. Imigran can help alleviate the pain and pressure that develops during a migraine.

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Imigran is a medication used to help with the pain and pressure that comes during a migraine, also aiding with the symptoms of sensitivity to noise, light and neck stiffness. It is a brand of the drug Sumatriptan which is part of a group of drugs known as triptans (or 5-HT1 receptor agonists). These are shown to help relieve pain symptoms when traditional treatments such as painkillers are failing to provide relief.

The way they work is to reverse the changes in the brain that cause migraines and subsequently help to alleviate the pain of a migraine more effectively as opposed to paracetamol and ibuprofen which often provide temporary relief but do not produce a substantial result.

What causes a migraine is not entirely known though it is thought is to be due to temporary changes in the chemicals, nerves and blood vessels within the brain. Imigran can help alleviate the pain and pressure that develops during a migraine.

For more information about Migraines, click here.

When to take sumatriptan

The best time to take Sumatriptan is as soon as a migraine begins to form, though it can be taken at any time during an attack. It is advised not to take Sumatriptan to prevent an attack but only to use it once the migraine symptoms have started.

Dosage

The recommended dose for Adults aged 18 to 65

  • one Imigran 50 mg tablet, swallowed whole with water- Some patients may require a 100 mg dose as advised by your doctor.
  • If your symptoms start to return you can take a second Imigran tablet if at least 2 hours have passed since the first tablet
  • Do not take more than 300 mg in total in 24 hours.

If the first tablet does not relieve the symptoms do not take a second tablet (or any otherImigran preparation) for the same attack.

Imigrancan still be used for your next attack.

Imigran can be taken with or without food.

When to use Imigran

Imigran is used to the treatment, not the prevention of migraines. It is best taken as the earliest stage of a migraine attack but also at any stage of an episode. Imigran and other triptan medications are beneficial when traditional painkillers have not had the desired effect and when migraines occur less frequently than ten episodes per month.

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Migraine

A migraine is a primary headache disorder distinguished by recurrent headaches that can be moderate to severe, lasting from a few hours to a few days. It can feel like a throbbing pain on one side of the head and associated symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light, sound, or smell. It is a common health condition which often begins in early childhood affecting around one in every five women and around one in every fifteen men.

There are several different types of migraine, these include:

  • migraine with aura – this is where there are specific warning signs just before the migraine begins, such as seeing flashing lights
  • migraine without aura – this is the most common type, where the migraine occurs without the specific warning signs
  • migraine aura without headache (also known as silent migraine) – this is where an aura or other migraine symptoms are experienced, but a headache doesn’t develop.

Some people have experience migraines frequently- up to several times a week whilst others will only have a migraine occasionally. It is possible for years to pass between migraine attacks.

When to seek medical advice

If you are experiencing frequent or severe migraines, you should consult your GP even if you are managing to control these with medication as you may benefit from a preventative treatment.

Whilst painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen can help ease migraines, taking these continuously may make it harder to treat headaches over time.

Causes of migraines

There is no exact cause of migraines though it is thought they arise from a result of a temporary change in the chemicals, nerves and blood vessels in the brain. Around half of people who suffer with migraines also have a close relative with the condition which suggests that genes may be a factor.

Migraine Triggers

Some people find migraine attacks are associated with certain triggers- emotional, physical, dietary and environmental factors all can play a part.

Emotional triggers include:

  • stress
  • anxiety
  • tension
  • shock
  • depression
  • excitement

Physical triggers include:

  • tiredness
  • poor quality sleep
  • shift work
  • poor posture
  • neck or shoulder tension
  • jet lag
  • low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia)
  • strenuous exercise (if you’re not used to it)
  • starting their period

Dietary triggers include:

  • missed, delayed or irregular meals
  • dehydration
  • alcohol
  • the food additive tyramine
  • caffeine products, such as tea and coffee
  • specific foods such as chocolate, citrus fruit and cheese

Environmental triggers include:

  • bright lights
  • flickering screens, such as a television or computer screen
  • smoking (or smoky rooms)
  • loud noises
  • changes in climate, such as changes in humidity or very cold temperatures
  • strong smells
  • a stuffy atmosphere

Treating migraines

Whilst there is no cure for migraines there are several treatments available that can help reduce their symptoms

These include:

  • painkillers – these include over-the-counter medications such as paracetamol and ibuprofen
  • triptans – medications that can help reverse the changes in the brain that may cause migraines
  • anti-emetics – medications often used to reduce nausea and vomiting
  • During an attack, many people find that sleeping or lying in a darkened room can also help.

Preventing migraines

If you have identified certain triggers are causing your migraines such as stress or a specific type of food, avoiding these triggers may help reduce your chances of developing a migraine.

It would also be beneficial to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, enough sleep and consistent meals, together with staying hydrated and limiting your intake of caffeine and alcohol.

If your migraines are severe and/or you have tried avoiding possible triggers and are still experiencing symptoms, your GP may prescribe medication to help prevent future attacks.

Outlook

Migraines can have a debilitating effect of the lives of those who suffer and hinder daily activities with some people finding they must stay in bed for days at a time. However, there are treatments available to help reduce symptoms and prevent further attacks so that quality of life can be improved. Whilst migraine attacks can often get worse over time they can also gradually improve across many years for a lot of people.

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migraines

A migraine is usually a moderate or severe headache felt as a throbbing pain on one side of the head.

Many people also have symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and increased sensitivity to light or sound.

Migraine is a common health condition, affecting around one in every five women and around one in every 15 men. They usually begin in early adulthood.

There are several types of migraine, including:

migraine with aur

where there are specific warning signs just before the migraine begins, such as seeing flashing lights migraine without aura

the most common type, where the migraine occurs without the specific warning signs migraine aura without headache, also known as silent migraine

where an aura or other migraine symptoms are experienced, but a headache doesn’t develop Some people have migraines frequently, up to several times a week. Other people only have a migraine occasionally. It’s possible for years to pass between migraine attacks.

When to seek medical advice You should see your GP if you have frequent or severe migraine symptoms.

Simple painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen can be effective for migraine. However, be careful not to take too many painkillers as this could make it harder to treat headaches over time.

You should also make an appointment to see your GP if you have frequent migraines (on more than five days a month), even if they can be controlled with medication, as you may benefit from preventative treatment.

Causes of migraines The exact cause of migraines is unknown, although they’re thought to be the result of temporary changes in the chemicals, nerves and blood vessels in the brain.

Around half of all people who experience migraines also have a close relative with the condition, suggesting that genes may play a role.

Some people find migraine attacks are associated with certain triggers, which can include:

Emotional triggers: stress anxiety tension shock depression excitement

Physical triggers: tiredness poor quality sleep shift work poor posture neck or shoulder tension jet lag low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia) strenuous exercise, if you’re not used to it starting their period

Dietary triggers: missed, delayed or irregular meals dehydration alcohol the food additive tyramine caffeine products, such as tea and coffee specific foods such as chocolate, citrus fruit and cheese

Environmental triggers: bright lights flickering screens, such as a television or computer screen smoking (or smoky rooms) loud noises changes in climate, such as changes in humidity or very cold temperatures strong smells a stuffy atmosphere

Treating migraines There’s no cure for migraines, but a number of treatments are available to help reduce the symptoms.

These include:

painkiller

including over-the-counter medicationssuch as paracetamol and ibuprofen triptans

medications that can help reverse the changes in the brain that may cause migraines anti-emetics

medications often used to reduce nausea and vomiting During an attack, many people find that sleeping or lying in a darkened room can also help.

Preventing migraines If you suspect a specific trigger is causing your migraines, such as stress or a certain type of food, avoiding this trigger may help reduce your risk of experiencing migraines.

It may also help to maintain a generally healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, sleep and meals, as well as ensuring you stay well hydrated and limiting your intake of caffeine and alcohol.

If your migraines are severe or you’ve tried avoiding possible triggers and are still experiencing symptoms, your GP may prescribe medication to help prevent further attacks.

Outlook Migraines can severely affect your quality of life and stop you carrying out your normal daily activities. Some people find they need to stay in bed for days at a time.

However, a number of effective treatments are available to reduce the symptoms and prevent further attacks.

Migraine attacks can sometimes get worse over time, but they tend to gradually improve over many years for most people.

Side Effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, but not everybody gets them. Some symptoms may be caused by the migraine itself. Allergic reaction: get doctor’s help straight away

Common side effects (affect up to 1 in 10 people)

Pain, heaviness, pressure or tightness in the chest, throat or other parts of the body, or unusual sensations, including numbness, tingling and warmth or cold. These effects may be intense but generally pass quickly. If these effects continue or become severe (especially the chest pain): Get medical help urgently. In a very small number of people these symptoms can be caused by a heart attack.

Other common side effects include:

Feeling sick (nausea) or being sick (vomiting), although this may be due to the migraine itself

Tiredness or drowsiness

Dizziness, feeling weak, or getting hot flushes

Temporary increase in blood pressure

Shortness of breath

Aching muscles.

For a full list of side effects further information can be found on the manufacturers Paitient Information Leaflet and printed if required.

Further Information

Further information can be found on the manufacturers
Paitient Information Leaflet and printed if required.