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About Migard 2.5mg Tablets
Migard anti-migraine tablets are a prescription-strength treatment for the relief of severe and persistent headaches, nausea and light sensitivity caused by migraines either with or without aura.
Buy Migard online from The Independent Pharmacy with an up to date prescription by completing our free health consultation for our medical team to approve and get fast delivery from the next day.
What is Migard and what is it used for?
Migardis an effective treatment for the relief of migraines. It contains the ingredient Frovatriptan, which is one of the several types of 'triptan' medicines. Triptans are commonly prescribed for the relief of migraine headaches and other associated symptoms to be taken as soon as symptoms appear.
Migard tablets are available in boxes of 6 tablets in 2.5mg strength, manufactured by A. Menarini Farmaceutica Internazionale.They are available on prescription from The Independent Pharmacy for adults between the age of 18 to 65 years.
What is a migraine?
In The UK, migraine headaches affect approximately 25% of women and 8% of men. The condition is believed to be partially hereditary, meaning a person may be more prone if a blood relative also suffers from the condition.
There are several factors that can trigger a migraine attack, including;
- a poor diet
- excessive alcohol consumption
- too much caffeine
- not getting enough sleep
- for some women, their monthly period can trigger a migraine attack
A migraine sufferer will likely find that the most severe attacks can completely disrupt their day, causing nausea, light sensitivity, and intense throbbing pain. Many sufferers also experience a heightened intolerance to loud noises and strong smells. Taking Migard will help provide relief from these symptoms as well.
Approximately one in every four migraine sufferers will experience some form of pre-migraine warning, which is known as an aura. This can involve visual cues, such as blurred or distorted vision. Alternatively, a sufferer may experience a silent migraine, where the aura occurs but a migraine attack does not follow.
On average, a migraine will last for a few hours, but for some, it can continue for as long as three days. After a migraine has passed, the sufferer may continue to feel fatigued for several subsequent days.
How does Migard work?
It isn't fully understood what triggers a migraine, but the associated throbbing pain is thought to be caused by a widening of the blood vessels in the brain.
Migard'sactive ingredient (Frovatriptan) belongs to a group of medicines called serotonin agonists. These medicines stimulate the brain's serotonin receptors, which cause the affected blood vessels to narrow, relieving the associated pain.
Migard, like other triptans, works best when taken at the onset of an attack. It will also provide a good level of relief if taken during an episode. Triptan medicines are not able to prevent migraines, but they are safe to take in conjunction with other preventative treatments, such as Propranolol.
Alternate OTC (over the counter) medication for migraines
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;
Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.
Before taking Migard, consult your GP if you are at high risk of coronary artery disease. This includes smokers, men over the age of 40 and post-menopausal women.
Stop taking Migard immediately if you notice any symptoms of heart attack, including tightness of the chest, shortness of breath, or discomfort of the arms, neck or torso.
Migard is unsuitable for you if any of the following apply:
- You are allergic to the active ingredient Frovatriptan or to any of the other ingredients in this medicine
- You have had a heart attack or stroke
- You have certain cardiovascular diseases or circulation disorders
- You have high blood pressure
- You have liver disease
- You are taking other 'triptan' medicines, or other migraine treatments (e.g. ergotamine and its derivative)
Migard and other medicines
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) antidepressants
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants
- Oral contraceptives
- 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.
For adults over the age of 18 years (not recommended for those over the age of 65 years):
- Take one 2.5mg tablet as soon as you notice the symptoms of a migraine attack.
- Swallow the medicine whole with a sip of water.
- After 2 hours, you can take a second dose if the attack has either returned or not gone away.
- Do not exceed 2 doses (two tablets) within a 24-hour period.
The active ingredient contained in Migard is: Frovatriptan 2.5mg.
Migard also contains the following inactive ingredients: Anhydrous lactose, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, sodium starch glycollate (type A), silica colloidal anhydrous, OPADRY white: titanium dioxide (E171), hypromellose (E464), macrogol 3000, triacetin.
Migard side effects
Not everyone will experience side effects when they take Migard. However, if you do, they can include:
- digestion problems
- dry mouth
- stomach pain
- tightness in the chest
- further headache
- poor circulation
- hot flushes
- difficulty breathing
- excessive sweating
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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Migard 2.5mg Tablets FAQs
Frovatriptan is the active ingredient in Migard. The patent on the Migard brand has recently expired, which means the generic medicine, Frovatriptan, can now be produced by other reputable pharmaceutical manufacturers.
When a medicine is first launched, it is given a license or patent, which means only that manufacturer can produce it. When this patent expires, it allows other companies to produce the same treatment. This unbranded version is known as a generic medicine. In most cases, generic medicines are significantly cheaper in price, due to the increased competition. Generic medicines are still produced by licensed manufacturers and must con form to the same strict manufacturing standards as the branded alternative.
- Both Frovatriptan and Migard contain 2.5mg of the active ingredient (Frovatriptan) in each tablet. Also included are several inactive ingredients, which are used to make up the body of the tablet. For additional details, please refer to the 'Ingredients' tab above.
It isn't completely understood what causes a migraine attack. However, the throbbing pain is believed to occur as a result of dilation (widening) of the blood vessels in the brain. Frovatriptan (Migard) is a serotonin agonist, which means it acts to stimulate the brain's serotonin receptors. This has the effect of narrowing the affected blood vessels, resulting in relief from the associated pain.
Migard is most effective if taken at the onset of a migraine. However, this treatment can also provide some relief if taken later on during an attack. If your migraine returns, you can take a second tablet, two hours after your initial dose. Do not exceed two doses (2 tablets) within a 24-hour period.
It is safe to use painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. Also, antiemetic treatments, such as Prochlorperazine Buccal Tablets can be used in conjunction with Migard.
However, it is not recommended to use two or more triptans medicines concurrently. Because all triptans work in a similar way, taking more than one will not provide any additional benefit. Instead, exceeding recommended dosages will put the user at greater risk of experiencing adverse side-effects.
Frovatriptan and Migard tablets are prescription-only medicines (POM). For that reason, we only supply a maximum of three packs of medicine at a time. This is to both ensure patient safety and the legal and ethical operating of our pharmacy.
limiting the quantity a patient can order allows us to offer an adequate supply of medicine, whilst providing the appropriate check-ups on their symptoms and treatment. This model provides the perfect balance between convenience and patient care.
If you do not suffer any adverse effects, and if your migraines are well controlled, you can easily log-in and re-order another supply.
Migard tablets can be taken with or without food. It is much more important that they are taken as soon as possible after a migraine attack begins.
None of the above should have any effect on Migard. However, alcohol can make a migraine attack worse, so you may want to avoid it. Although Migard 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, your treatment can be available for next-day delivery if the appropriate postal service is selected
Yes – as long as you are buying from a website that is a legally operating and regulated pharmacy, it is perfectly safe to buy Migard online.
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 Pharmacy.
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 Migard 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 Migard and other migraine treatments, in easy to digest formats, at a time that suits you.
Migard and other triptans are used to treat acute episodes of migraine. They work by reversing the dilation of the blood vessels in the brain, which is thought to cause migraines. For this reason, they should only be used to treat existing, or oncoming migraines; and not be used as a preventative treatment.
Migard will prove ineffective at preventing migraines that have not yet occurred. They may even contribute to making your migraines worse if used as a preventative measure.
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, Migard is not a painkiller. All of the triptan medicines are serotonin agonists. The pain relief is a secondary effect.
If additional pain relief is required, Migard can be used alongside traditional painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen.
Migard is an extremely effective migraine treatment for sufferers who experience mild, moderate, or even severe migraine symptoms.
Some migraine sufferers may find that Migard is less effective, or even ineffective. If this is the case, there is no cause for concern. Migard is not effective for everyone. If you have tried it on a number of occasions without achieving the desired results, it would be recommended to try a different migraine treatment.
Triptan medicines all have the same mechanism of action. However, people can respond differently to each one. If one treatment, such as Migard, has proven ineffective, it is worth trying a different triptan, such as sumatriptan, 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.
Migard tablets are 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.
At The Independent Pharmacy, we take the headache out of getting your migraine treatment.