Imigran (Sumatriptan) Nasal Spray 10mg & 20mg


Stop migraines in their tracks with Imigran, the fast-acting migraine and severe headache relief treatment. Imigran relieves common symptoms including: pain and pressure in the head, increased sensitivity to light or sound, nausea and vomiting. Imigran is a popular branded migraine treatment which belongs to a group of drugs called Triptans or 5-HT1 receptor agonists. These work by reversing the changes in the brain which cause migraines, rather than just masking the pain like traditional pain killers do. Imigran Nasal Spray is designed for patients who have difficulty swallowing or suffer from nausea. Its direct delivery into the nasal membranes means that it provides relief much faster than its oral alternative, allowing you to carry on with your day.


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 aura – 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:

Physical triggers:
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
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:

painkillers – 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.

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.

Product Description

Imigran Nasal Spray is the popular anti-migraine tablet imigran (Sumatriptan) in the form of a nasal spray. The delivery of the imigran into the nasal membranes means it reachs the site of action much quicker than tablets and can be the treatment of choice for patients that cannot find relief with tablets. For patients that have difficulty in swallowing tablets or suffer from nausea, imigran spray can be a welcome alternative.

The active ingredient Sumatriptan is part of a group of drugs known as triptans (also known as 5-HT1 receptor agonists) which can relieve symptoms when more traditional treatments such as painkillers have been ineffective.
They work by reversing the changes in the brain which can cause migraines. Reversing these changes helps to relieve the symptoms of migraine more effectively and efficiently.

Traditional painkillers like Paracetamol and Ibuprofen can be beneficial by providing some temporary relief and mask the pain, but often are just not enough. 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. Imigran can help with pain and pressure experienced during a migraine, as well reduced sensitivity to noise, light and neck stiffness.

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. Migraine symptoms may be caused by the temporary widening of blood vessels in the head. Imigran nasal spray is believed to reduce the widening of these blood vessels. This in turn helps to take away the headache and relieve other symptoms of a migraine attack, such as feeling or being sick (nausea or vomiting) and sensitivity to light and sound.

How to use imigran nasal spray

Only use Imigran after your migraine headache begins, Don’t use Imigran to try to prevent an attack.

How much to use
Adults aged 18 to 65
• The usual dose for adults aged 18 to 65 is one Imigran 20 mg spray into just one nostril.
But one Imigran 10 mg spray into one nostril is enough for some people.
Don’t use more than two sprays in 24 hours.
• Imigran nasal spray is not recommended for people aged over 65.

When to use Imigran
• It’s best to use Imigran as soon as you feel a migraine coming on, although it can be
used at any time during an attack.
If your symptoms start to come back
• You can use a second Imigran nasal spray after 2 hours, but don’t use more than two
sprays in 24 hours.
If the first spray has no effect
• Don’t use a second spray, or any other Imigran preparation for the same attack.
If Imigran doesn’t give you any relief your doctor for advice.

Step-by-step guide to using your Imigran nasal spray can be found on page four of the patient informatin leaflet.

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