Take ONE tablet at onset of migraine. Dose may be repeated after at least 2 hours if migraine symptoms return - do not take a second dose for the same migraine. Maximum dose is 5mg in 24 hours.
Migard tablets contain the active ingredient frovatriptan, which is a type of medicine called a serotonin (or 5HT) agonist. This type of medicine is also commonly known as a 'triptan'. It is a painkiller specifically used to relieve migraine attacks.
Although the cause of migraine attacks is not fully understood, it is thought that widening of blood vessels in the brain causes the throbbing pain of migraine headaches. Frovatriptan relieves this pain by causing the blood vessels in the brain to narrow.
Frovatriptan works by stimulating receptors called serotonin (or 5HT) receptors that are found in the brain. A natural substance called serotonin normally acts on these receptors, causing blood vessels in the brain to narrow. Frovatriptan mimics this action of serotonin by directly stimulating the serotonin receptors in the brain. This narrows the blood vessels and so relieves the pain of migraine headaches.
The dose of frovatriptan should be taken as early as possible after the migraine headache has started, though it is also effective if taken at a later stage during the migraine attack. It should not be taken during the aura, or warning phase that can occur before a migraine headache, as the safety and effectiveness of the medicine have not been established during this period, and the medicine will not prevent the headache.
Always take Migard 2.5 mg tablets exactly as your doctor has told you.You should check with your doctor if you are not sure.
Take Migard 2.5 mg tablets as early as possible after the onset of the migraine headache. Swallow one tablet whole with water.
If the first dose does not give you any relief, do not take a second dose during the same attack. You can use Migard 2.5 mg tablet for any following attacks.
If you obtain relief after the first dose, but later on suffer from the re-appearance of a headache within 24 hours, you can take a second dose provided that at least 2 hours have elapsed between the 2 doses.
Do not exceed the maximum dose of 5 mg (two tablets) in 24 hours.
Excessive use (repeated use over several consecutive days) of Migard 2.5 mg tablets constitutes incorrect use of this medicine and may cause an increase in side effects and lead to chronic daily headaches requiring the temporary discontinuation of treatment. Consult your doctor if you start having too frequent or daily headaches as you may be suffering from medication overuse headache.
Migard should not be used in patients under 18 years of age.
As there is little experience in patients over 65 years, the use of Migard is not recommended in patients in this age group.
If you take more Migard than you should
If you accidentally take an overdose of this medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately or go to the emergency department of your nearest hospital. Please remember to take the remaining tablets or this leaflet with you.
If you stop taking Migard
No special precautions are necessary when stopping the drug.
Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Just because a side effect is stated here does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.
- Changes in sensation, for example pins and needles, tingling or numb sensations.
- Sleepiness (somnolence).
- Dry mouth.
- Chest pain.
- Awareness of your heartbeat (palpitations).
- Feeling of tightness in the throat.
- Increased sweating.
- Visual disturbances.
- Disturbances of the gut such as nausea, indigestion, diarrhoea, constipation, flatulence or abdominal pain.
- Anxiety or agitation.
- Confusion or concentration difficulties.
- Mood changes.
- Abnormal thinking.
- Difficulty sleeping (insomnia).
- Feeling weak.
- Increase in blood pressure.
- This medicine should not be used to prevent migraines.
- This medicine should only be used by people with a clear diagnosis of migraine from their doctor.
- If the first dose of this medicine doesn't relieve your migraine headache then you should NOT take another dose for the same attack, as trials have shown that this is not effective. (You can still take Migard for your next attack.) If the first dose does initially relieve your migraine, but the headache then comes back, you can take a second dose. However, if you need a second dose because your migraine has returned, you should NOT take it within two hours of your first dose. Do not exceed the recommended dose.
- Using any painkillers for headaches too often or for too long can actually make the headaches worse. If you find you need to use this medicine frequently you should consult your doctor for advice.
- This medicine can cause feelings of warmth, heaviness, pressure, tightness, tingling or pain in certain parts of the body, including the chest or throat. Although sometimes very strong, these feelings usually only last a few minutes. If they continue or are particularly severe (especially chest pain), you should not take any more tablets and consult your doctor immediately.
- This medicine may cause drowsiness. If affected do not drive or operate machinery.
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