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Imigran 10mg Nasal Spray

Imigran Nasal Spray (10mg & 20mg)

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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.

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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 sprays in strengths of 10mg or 20mg.

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.

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 an 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 migraine 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 a 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:

  • Alcohol
  • A poor diet
  • Too much caffeine
  • Stress
  • A lack of sleep
  • For some women, migraine attacks can be triggered by their monthly cycle.

Why choose The Independent Pharmacy?

  • Fast delivery - order before 4pm and receive your treatment as soon as the next day.
  • Free online consultation service with one of our GMC registered doctors.
  • Discreet and confidential service - we don't include any branding or pharmacy logo on our packaging, meaning you can get your treatment delivered discreetly.
  • UK based and GMC registered Doctors.
  • Only proven prescription medication available.
  • Approved by the National Pharmacy Association and Care Quality Commission.
*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

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.

How to use an Imigran Nasal Spray 

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 each side on 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 breath 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.

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, nosebleed, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, hot flushes, aches, 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.

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.

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 Product Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.


UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.


Royal Mail


  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.




  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.


Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.


BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.


Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50


We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3


We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
PH30, 41 - 44


Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.


International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does Sumatriptan work?

    The exact causes of a migraine attack are not fully understood. However, the throbbing pain is believed to occur due to the dilation of the brain's blood vessels. Sumatriptan, like other triptans, is a serotonin agonist, which means it stimulates the brain's serotonin receptors. This stimulation has the effect of causing the affected blood vessels to narrow, which in turn relieves the associated pain.

  • How do I take Imigran Nasal Spray?

    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.

  • Is it safe to use other Migraine treatments alongside Sumatriptan?

    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.

  • How many pack of Imigran Nasal Spray can I buy in one purchase?

    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.

  • Is Sumatriptan affected by alcohol, antibiotics or the contraceptive pill?

    None of the above should have any effect on Sumatriptan. However, alcohol can make a migraine attack worse, so you may want to avoid it. Although Sumatriptan is not affected by the contraceptive pill, migraines can be linked to hormonal changes during your period.

  • Is Imigran Nasal Spray avaliable for next-day delivery?

    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.
  • Is it safe to buy Imigran Nasal Spray online?

    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.

  • How do I buy Imigran Nasal Spray online?

    It's simple!

    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.

  • What does the price include?

    The price includes the medication you have selected, the private consultation with our Doctor and, if the purchase is over £40, it also includes free standard delivery. Under £40, standard delivery is £2.95 and all items are sent using a Royal Mail Tracked Service.

  • What are the advantages of buying Imigran Nasal Spray online?

    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.
  • Does Imigran Nasal Spray help to prevent Migraines?

    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

  • Is Sumatriptan a painkiller?

    Although it helps to relieve the pain associated with migraines, Sumatriptan is not strictly a painkiller. All triptan medicines are serotonin agonists. The pain relief they provide is a secondary effect of their mechanism-of-action.

    Imigran nasal spray can be used alongside painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. This is a safe and effective option should additional pain relief be required, whilst the nasal spray is taking effect.

  • Will Imigran Nasal Spray definitely cure my Migraines?

    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.

  • What other steps can I take to help my Migraines?

    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.

  • I normally get Imigran Nasal Spray from my doctor - why should I buy it online?

    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.

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Andy Boysan


Published on: 09-01-2017

Last modified on: 09-01-2019

Andy is a co-founder, the superintendent pharmacist and director at The Independent Pharmacy.

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Chris Newbury

BPharm IP

Reviewed on: 09-01-2021

Next review date: 09-01-2023

Chris is a vastly experienced clinical pharmacist and has been registered as an Independent Prescriber since 2014.

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