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About Imigran Nasal Spray (10mg & 20mg)
Order Imigran Nasal Spray online from The Independent Pharmacy for fast & effective treatment of migraine, especially in situations where tablets may not be suitable. When used, and combined with painkillers or anti-sickness medicines, Imigran Nasal Spray can help you to quickly and effectively treat migraines and the associated symptoms.
Imigran Nasal Spray (10mg & 20mg) information
What is Imigran and what is it used for?
Imigran Nasal Spray provides effective relief from the symptoms of a migraine. It contains the active ingredient sumatriptan, which is one of the several types of 'triptan' medicine, and the most widely used. It is a popular alternative to other triptans for those who cannot swallow tablets or otherwise prefer not to do so. Imigran Nasal Spray comes as single-use spray in strengths of 10mg or 20mg.
How does Imigran work?
It is not fully understood what causes the onset of a migraine. However, the throbbing pain experienced is thought to occur due to a widening (dilation) of the blood vessels in the brain. Sumatriptan is a serotonin agonist. Serotonin agonists mimic the activity of serotonin by stimulating specific receptors in the brain. This causes the affected blood vessels to narrow, which eases the throbbing and relieves the associated pain.
Imigran Nasal Spray is most effective when used at the start of a migraine attack. However, this treatment will still provide a level of relief if taken later on during an episode. It is applied to one nostril and should take effect in about 30 minutes. Triptans medicines do not prevent migraines from occurring, but they are safe to take alongside preventative medicines, such as propranolol.
What is a migraine?
In The UK, migraines are a common complaint. This severe form of headache affects approximately 25% of women and around 8% of men. Migraines can be triggered by various factors, though genetics is believed to play a role. This means you are more likely to develop migraines if someone in your close family also suffers from the condition.
Migraine attacks can be debilitating, a severe episode can completely disrupt your day, causing nausea, along with intense throbbing pain. Many people also experience a heightened intolerance to noise, light, and smells. Imigran nasal spray will help provide relief from these symptoms as well.
Around one in every four people who suffer from migraines experience a preceding warning sign, known as an aura. An aura could be in the form of a visual cue, such as distorted or blurred vision. If the aura is experienced and a migraine doesn't follow, this is referred to as silent migraine.
Migraine attacks generally last for a few hours but can continue for as long as three days. After a severe migraine has subsided, the sufferer can remain feeling fatigued for several subsequent days.
There are a number of things that may trigger a migraine attack. This includes:
- A poor diet
- Too much caffeine
- A lack of sleep
- For some women, migraine attacks can be triggered by their monthly cycle.
Alternatives to Imigran
The latest treatment to be newly developed that can support you in both treating and preventing migraines is available from The Independent Pharmacy -
There are some over-the-counter medications that can be used initially to try and combat migraine pain and nausea. Some of the products include;
For more information about what medication can be purchased online to treat migraines please head over to our Advice for Migraines page.
Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.
Imigran Nasal Spray is unsuitable for you if:
- You have had a heart attack or stroke
- You have pre-existing circulation problems
- You have high blood pressure
- You have liver disease
- You are taking monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) antidepressants
- You are taking other 'triptan' medicines – leave at least 24 hours in between taking sumatriptan and any other 'triptan'
- You are taking other migraine treatments (e.g. ergotamine or its derivatives, methysergide)
Consult your GP if you:
- Are at high risk of heart disease (e.g. you smoke, have high blood pressure, are diabetic)
- Have a history of epilepsy
- Feel tightness in your chest after using Imigran Nasal Spray
You should also talk to your doctor if you are taking any of the following other medicines:
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) or serotonin noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) antidepressants
- St. John's wort
Please read all packaging and the Patient Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.
How to use Imigran
Imigran Nasal Spray is most effective if taken at the start of a migraine attack, but will also provide relief if taken later on during the episode.
Spray 10-20mg into one nostril. If the medicine is ineffective, wait at least two hours before taking the second dose.
- Imigran Nasal Sprays come in individual blister packs. Do not open a blister until you are ready to use the spray.
- Blow your nose before use if it feels blocked.
- Hold the spray with your index and middle fingers on each side of the nozzle and your thumb resting on the blue plunger.
- Insert the nozzle into one nostril (about 1cm or 1/2 inch in) and block the other using a finger by pressing firmly on the side of your nose.
- Start to breathe in gently through your nose and out through your mouth.
- As you breathe in, press the blue plunger firmly with your thumb, keep breathing in whilst it is spraying.
- Remove the spray and unblock your other nostril.
- Keep breathing in gently through your nose and out through your mouth for 10 seconds. Your nose may feel wet and you may detect a slight taste after using the spray - this is normal.
- Discard the used spray.
The active ingredient contained in Imigran Nasal Spray is sumatriptan.
Imigran Nasal Spray also contains the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product:
Potassium dihydrogen phosphate, dibasic sodium phosphate anhydrous, sulphuric acid, sodium hydroxide, purified water.
Imigran Side Effects
Not everyone will experience side effects when they take Imigran Nasal Spray. However, if you do, they can include:
- Pressure or tightness in the chest or throat
- Tingling sensations
- Irritation of the nose or throat
- Hot flushes
- Shortness of breath
If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
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Imigran Nasal Spray (10mg & 20mg) FAQs
Migraines are thought to be caused by the widening of blood vessels in the brain.
Sumatriptan helps to contract and narrow these blood vessels, returning blood flow to certain areas of the brain back to normal.
Visit our blog post to find out more about how Sumatriptan works.
Sumatriptan is most effective if taken at the onset of a migraine attack. This treatment will still provide some level of relief if taken after an episode has begun. Spray 10-20mg into one nostril. If the medicine is ineffective, wait at least two hours before taking the second dose.
It is safe to use painkillers, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, or anti- nausea medicines, such as Prochlorperazine Buccal Tablets.
However, it is important not to use two or more triptan medicines together, such as sumatriptan and almotriptan. All triptans act in the same way, so taking two or more simultaneously will not provide any additional benefit.
Instead, you may exceed the recommended dosage and put yourself at risk of experiencing adverse side-effects.
Imigran Nasal Spray is a prescription-only-medicine (POM). For that reason, and to ensure patient safety, we only supply a maximum of 3 packs of treatment (6 nasal sprays) at one time.
This allows us to strike a balance between offering our patients an adequate supply of medication, whilst providing regular checks on their condition, symptoms, and the effectiveness of their treatment. This model ensures the perfect mix of convenience and patient safety.
If you suffer no adverse side-effects, and if your migraines are well controlled with your chosen treatment, you can log in and re -order another supply with ease.
None of the above should have any affect on Sumatriptan. You may want to avoid alcohol during a migraine as this could possibly make it worse.
Although Sumatriptan is not affected by the contraceptive pill, migraines can be linked to hormonal changes during your period.
- Yes – we understand that sometimes you will want your treatment as soon as possible. If ordered before 4pm Monday to Friday, Imigran Nasal Spray can be delivered the next day.
Yes – as long as you are buying from a reputable website that is a legally operating and fully regulated.
The Independent Pharmacy is an NHS Online Pharmacy based in Bristol and has all the necessary regulation to be able to safely provide convenient access to genuine prescription treatments through our Online Doctor.
All of our migraine treatments are supplied by the same UK-based wholesalers used by the large high-street chains such as Boots and Lloyds.
Just select 'Start Consultation' next to the product above, or on the links below.
You will need to fill in a simple health questionnaire so that our GPs and Pharmacists can ensure it is safe for us to supply your Imigran Nasal Spray to you. It only takes a few minutes, and your treatment can be delivered to your door as soon as the next working day.
There are many advantages to buying migraine treatment online, some include:
- It's quick and easy- there is no need to spend time at the doctor or pharmacy.
- Fast delivery- We offer same day dispatch before 4pm and fast delivery to your address of choice with Royal Mail.
- Great prices- we are able to offer very competitive prices and we guarantee to beat any other Online Doctor service.
- A wealth of information - we provide all the information you could need on Sumatriptan and other migraine treatments, in easy to digest formats, at a time that suits you.
Sumatriptan is used to treat acute migraine attacks. It works by reversing the dilation of the blood vessels in the brain that causes migraines. For this reason, they should only be used to treat existing, or oncoming migraines; and not be used to prevent them.
Imigran Nasal Spray is not effective at preventing migraines that have yet to occur. They may even contribute to making your migraine worse, due to overuse if used as a preventative treatment.
For more information on preventative treatments, you can read our Migraine page or go to the NHS Choices Migraine Prevention page.
Although it helps to relieve migraines, Sumatriptan is not a painkiller. It will help to relieve migraines and therefore the pain that is associated with it, however this is a secondary effect.
Sumatriptan is an extremely effective migraine treatment for many people suffering from mild to severe symptoms.
Some people may find that Imigran Nasal Spray is only mildly effective, or even ineffective. There is nothing to worry about if this is the case. Sumatriptan is not effective for everyone. If you have tried it several times without getting the desired results, you can try a different migraine treatment instead.
Triptan migraine treatments all have the same mechanism-of-action. However, different people respond differently to each one. If one treatment, such as Imigran Nasal Spray, does not have the required effect, it is worth trying a different treatment, to see whether it works better for you.
This will depend on your symptoms and triggers. For example, people who suffer from sensitivity to light should sit or lie in a darkened room. Those who experience issues with sound should go somewhere quiet or use a good pair of earplugs to avoid irritating their symptoms further.
Often people feel better after eating, drinking or taking a nap as well as taking any necessary treatment.
Imigran Nasal Spray is available on the NHS from your GP if you have been diagnosed with migraines. This is normally where we suggest people start their treatment, to ensure that their condition is properly diagnosed and any possible serious symptoms are addressed.
Many people can find it difficult to fit in time to see their GP or hard to get an appointment at all! It can, therefore, be more convenient to order your treatment online and have it delivered to your home or work address with minimum fuss. We also provide complete support to allow you to get any questions answered by our professional team by phone, email or live chat.
Here at The Independent Pharmacy, we take the headache out of getting your migraine treatment.