Sumatriptan (generic imigran)

Sumatriptan is the generic version of the popular branded migraine treatment imigran. Sumatriptan provides a fast-acting treatment for migraines and can provide relief in just 30 minutes. Generic Sumatriptan is just as effective as imigran but at a more affordable price.

Sumatriptan tablets are non-addictive and easy to consume. They are suitable for anybody over the age of 18 suffering with migraines.

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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.

Triggers

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:

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.

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.

Product Description

Sumatriptan

Sumatriptan is the generic version of the popular branded migraine treatment imigran. 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.
sumatriptan can help with pain and pressure experienced during a migraine, as well reduced sensitivity to noise, light and neck stiffness.

When to take sumatriptan

• It’s best to take sumatriptan as soon as you feel a migraine coming on, although – you can take it at
any time during an attack
• Don’t use sumatriptan to try to prevent an attack – only use it after your migraine symptoms start.
How much to take
Adults aged 18 to 65
• The usual dose for adults aged 18 to 65 is one Imigran 50 mg tablet, swallowed whole with
water. Some patients may need a 100 mg dose – you should follow your doctor’s advice.

If your symptoms start to come back
• You can take a second Imigran tablet if at least 2 hours have passed since the first tablet. Don’t
take more than 300 mg in total in 24 hours.
If the first tablet has no effect
• Don’t take a second tablet or any other Imigran preparation for the same attack. Imigran can still
be used for your next attack.

sumatriptan is not affected by food, so you can take it with or without food alongside it. If your first dose has absolutely no effect on your symptoms, do not take another dose for the same migraine. Instead, contact your pharmacist or GP for further advice.

When to use sumatriptan

Imigran is for the acute intermittent treatment of migraine and it is not used for prevention.
It is advisable that Imigran be given as early as possible after the onset of migraine attack but it is equally effective at whatever stage of the attack it is administered.
Imigran and other triptan medications are useful when everyday painkillers have not been effective and when migraines occur less frequently than ten episodes a month.

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.

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