Sumatriptan 50mg Tablets (Generic Imigran)

Sumatriptan Tablets (50mg & 100mg)

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Description for Sumatriptan Tablets (50mg & 100mg)

Sumatriptan tablets are a generic version of the common pharmacy and prescription medicine Imigran. Sumatriptan tablets are available from The Independent Pharmacy, following a free consultation, to help relieve migraine. When used, and possibly combined with painkillers or antisickness medicines, Sumatriptan can help you to quickly and effectively treat migraines and the associated symptoms.

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Sumtriptan (generic Imigran) causes the blood vessels in the brain to contract. As some of the changes that occur in the brain to trigger a migraine attack are believed to involve the blood vessels widening, triptans (such as Sumatriptan) help to reverse this process and relieve the symptoms of migraine. They may also have some effect by stabilising some of the chemical changes that occur in the brain during a migraine attack. Sumatriptan (Imigran) usually starts to work after 30 minutes, therefore it is important to take it as soon as possible into a migraine attack. Sumatriptan may not work for everyone, where it does not work alternative 'triptans', such as almotriptan (Almogran) and favotriptan (Migard) are worth trying.

Sumtriptan is the drug contained in the branded Imigran tablets. They are available as the medically equivalent generic Sumatriptan tablets at a significant saving compared to branded Imigran. Sumtriptan 50mg & 100mg tablets are a prescription-only medicine (POM) that are available to buy from The Independent Pharmacy following a short, free online consultation to ensure they are safe and appropriate for you.

Sumatriptan 50mg tablets are the normal starting dose for most people suffering from migraine and they should relieve most migraines without the need for a repeat dose. If your migraines are severe or you find the 50mg tablets are not as effective as you would like, you may wish to try the 100mg strength.

Sumtriptan tablets should be taken as soon as possible after the onset of a migraine to help reduce symptoms as soon as possible. You can repeat the dose after 2 hours if your migraine has not been relieved.

Sumatriptan 50mg tablets can be taken with painkillers such as paracetamol, ibuprofen or codeine or with anti-sickness medicines such as Buccastem, to help treat any additional symptoms associated with your migraines.

Take ONE tablet at onset of symptoms, dose may be repeated after at least 2 hours if migraine symptoms return. Maximum dose is 300mg in 24 hours (three 100mg tablets or six 50mg tablets).

Sumatriptan (Imigran) usually starts to work after 30 minutes. It does not work for everyone. Where it does not work alternative 'triptans' are worth trying.

Sumatriptan should not be taken with other 'triptans' or with medication containing ergotamine.

The side effects of Sumatriptan can include 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. Please read the Patient Information Leaflet enclosed with your medicines for a full list of side effects.
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
If you feel pain or tightness in your chest after you use sumatriptan, do not panic, the symptoms may be intense but they usually pass quickly. If they do not pass quickly or they become severe, get medical help immediately. 

If you take Sumatriptan 100mg tablets and you find that your medicine is effective but you get mild unwanted side effects, you may wish to lower the strength of your treatment to Sumatriptan 50mg tablets to see if they are still effective without the side effects. 

Sumatriptan has been widely used for many years and is generally considered a safe drug.
Sumatriptan (Imigran) can cause a temporary narrowing of blood vessels. People who have had strokes or mini-strokes, have problems with poor circulation, or a history of angina (heart pain on exertion) or a have had heart attacks should not take sumatriptan.
Even in people who have never had circulation problems sumatriptan can in rare situations trigger serious heart problems. The following groups should check with their GP before taking sumatriptan:
Heavy smokers
Men over 40
Women after the menopause.
In some rare serious cases migraine headaches are associated with paralysis, loss of vision and loss of speech. Sumatriptan is not to be used in these cases.
Before self medicating for headaches it is best to see a GP for a diagnosis
When headaches start for the first time over the age of 40
When headaches are getting more frequent and lasting longer
When headaches are different from before or there are new symptoms.
You should not use Sumatriptan tablets if:
You are allergic to Sumatriptan or any of the ingredients
You have high blood pressure
You have severely reduced liver function
You use, or have recently used, ergotamine or similar medicines (e.g. methsergide maleate) or MAO inhibitors (e.g. moclobemide or selegiline).

Each Sumatriptan tablet contains sumatriptan succinate as the active ingredient.

Each tablet also contains: lactose monohydrate, hypromellose, microcrystalline cellulose, crosscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, titanium dioxide (E171), triacetin, red iron oxide (E172).

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • I have been prescribed Sumatriptan but I used to get Imigran. What’s the difference?

    Sumatriptan is the drug that is contained in Imigran tablets. Sumatriptan is now available as a generic treatment after the patent on Imigran expired. Generic Sumatriptan 50mg & 100mg tablets are available to buy significantly cheaper than the branded Imigran tablets.

    When a medicine is first introduced on to the market it is given a licence or patent. Only that manufacturer can produce it. When the patent expires, other companies can produce the treatment as well, usually leading to a dramatic drop in the price due to increased competition. Generic treatments are still produced by licensed manufacturers and must conform to the same strict manufacturing standards that the branded medicines meet.

  • What do Sumatriptan/Imigran Tablets contain?

    Each tablet contains either 50mg or 100mg of Sumatriptan, depending on the strength you choose.

    They also contain inactive ingredients that are used to make up the tablet to the right size and agents in the manufacturing and tableting process, for more details please see the 'Ingredients' tab above.

  • How Does Sumatriptan work?

    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.

  • How do I take Sumatriptan Tablets?

    In adults 18 years and over, the dose of Sumatriptan is one tablet, as soon as possible, at the onset of migraine. You can repeat the dose after 2 hours if the migraine has not subsided. You should not take more than 300mg (6 x 50mg OR 3 x 100mg tablets) in a 24-hour period. 

    You should take your treatment as soon as possible at the onset of migraine symptoms. Sumatriptan is most effective when taken in the early stages of a migraine attack.

  • Can I use other migraine treatments with Sumatriptan/Imigran Tablets?

    You can use painkillers and anti-sickness treatments with Sumatriptan.

    These include: 

    • Paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin-based painkillers.
    • Anti-sickness medication like Buccastem or Prochlorperazine Buccal Tablets.

    You should not use other 'triptan' migraine treatments or tablets with Sumatriptan. Examples of these are Alomorgan (almotriptan), Maxalt (Rizatriptan), Migard (Frovatriptan), Naramig (Naratriptan)

    All the ‘triptan’ drugs have a similar mechanism of action and do not offer any additional relief when taken together. As they all belong to the same family of medicines and act in the same way, you would risk exceeding the maximum recommended daily dose and causing adverse effects.

  • Why can I only buy three packs of Sumatriptan Tablets online at one time?

    Sumatriptan tablets are a prescription-only migraine treatment. For that reason, to ensure the safety of our patients and the legal operating of our pharmacy, we only supply a maximum of 3 packs of treatment at one time.

    This allows us to balance offering our patients an adequate supply of treatment with regular checks on their condition, symptoms & effectiveness of treatment. This model ensures the perfect mix of convenience with optimal health & safety.

    If you have no adverse effects and your migraines are well controlled, you can log in and easily re-order another supply.

  • Should I take Sumatriptan (Imigran) with food?

    There are no specific requirements to take Sumatriptan with, or without, food. It is best to take it as soon as possible when a migraine starts as often nausea or sickness can kick in, or digestion can slow down, meaning that the tablet can be harder to take or could be less effective.

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

    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.

  • Are Sumatriptan Tablets available for next day delivery?

    Yes, we understand that sometimes you want to get your treatment as soon as possible. If ordered before 4pm Monday to Friday, tablets are available for next day delivery.

  • Is it safe to buy generic Sumatriptan online?

    Yes, as long as you are buying from a website that is a legally operating and regulated pharmacy it is perfectly safe to buy Sumatriptan 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 & Online Doctor.

    All of our migraine treatments are supplied by the same UK-based wholesalers used by the large high-street chains such as Lloyds and Boots.

  • How do I buy Sumatriptan (Imigran) Tablets online?

    Its simple!

    Just select 'Start Consultation' above next to the product or on the links below.

    You will need to fill in a simple health questionnaire so our GPs & Pharmacists can ensure it is safe for us to supply your Sumatriptan to you. It only takes a few minutes and your treatment can be delivered to your door as soon as the next working day.

  • Does Sumatriptan help to prevent migraines?

    Sumatriptan, and other ‘triptans’, are used to treat acute attacks of migraine. They work by reversing the widened blood vessels in the brain that cause migraines. For this reason they should only be used to treat existing, or oncoming, migraines and not to prevent them.

    Sumatriptan tablets will not be effective in preventing migraines that have not occurred yet and may even contribute to making your headaches/migraines worse due to overuse if they are 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 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 can be used alongside traditional painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen if extra pain relief is necessary whilst the Sumatriptan is taking effect.

  • Will Sumatriptan (Imigran) definitely cure my migraines?

    Sumatriptan is an extremely effective migraine treatment for many people with mild, moderate or even severe migraine symptoms.

    Some people may find that Sumatriptan is only mildly effective, or even ineffective. This is nothing to worry about if this is the case. Sumatriptan is not effective in everyone, and if after trying it on a number of occasions without getting the desired results, you can try a different migraine treatment.

    Triptan migraine treatments all have the same mechanism of action, however people respond differently to them for unknown reasons. If one treatment, such as Sumatriptan, has not had the desired effects, it is worth trying a different treatment to see if your migraines respond better.

  • Are there any other things I should be doing to help my migraines?

    The additional steps you can take to aid your migraine recovery will vary with each person and depend on the specific symptoms experienced.

    For example, people who suffer with 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.

    The most important thing is to analyse the symptoms that you suffer with and take steps to relieve them.

  • Can I break the Sumatriptan 100mg tablets in half if needed?

    We would not recommend breaking tablets in half in order to change your dosage.

    Unfortunately not all tablets are scored to allow easy breakage and you can never be sure that the drug is evenly distributed throughout the tablet. This means that you cannot be sure of the dose that you are taking – it could be over or under what you intend.

    Sumatriptan is available to buy in both strengths of 50mg and 100mg. If you vary your dose depending on the severity of your migraine we would always recommend you use the correct strength tablet.


  • Is it cheaper to buy Imigran from my local pharmacy or buy Sumatriptan online?

    It is much cheaper to buy generic Sumatriptan tablets online. You can see the comparative prices below:

    Imigran Recovery 50mg Tablets - £8.00 per pack of 2 = £4.00 per tablet

    Sumatriptan 50mg Tablets - £11.99 per pack of 6 = £2.00 per tablet (reducing to £1.50 per tablet with higher quantities)

    As you can see from the prices above, it is significantly cheaper to buy Sumatriptan (generic Imigran) online from The Independent Pharmacy rather than Imigran Recovery tablets on the high street. You can save over 50% on migraine treatment when you buy online.

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