Imigran Nasal Spray

Imigran Nasal Spray is a popular migraine treatment, which belongs to a class of medications known as triptans

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Imigran (sumatriptan) Nasal Spray available in 10mg and 20mg dose, it is an effective alternative when oral tablets may not be suitable at treating a migraine attack. Treats migraines and their symptoms quickly and effectively.

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What Is Imigran?

Imigran nasal spray is a popular migraine medication containing sumatriptan succinate as its active ingredient.

These medications are known as triptans and are not painkillers, but rather work by reversing changes in the brain that can lead to migraines.

These changes help relieve migraine symptoms.

It is often used as an alternative to other triptans by those who cannot swallow tablets. Imigran Nasal Spray is available in strengths of 10mg and 20mg for single-use

How does Imigran work?

The symptoms of a migraine are believed to be caused by the temporary widening of blood vessels in the brain.

Imigran works by causing the blood vessels in the brain to constrict by stimulating receptors called serotonin (or 5HT) receptors and as a result, treats the cause of the migraine.

The most effective way to use Imigran Nasal Spray is at the onset of migraine. Taking this treatment after an episode, however, will still provide some relief. The treatment is applied to one nostril and should begin to work after 30 minutes. Triptans do not prevent migraines, but they are safe to take along with migraine prevention medications, such as propranolol.

Alternatives to Imigran

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;

  • Ibuprofen
  • Paracetamol
  • Aspirin
  • Migraleve

Imigran Warnings

Make sure you select the right product by reading the following warnings carefully.

You should not use Imigran Nasal Spray if:

  • You have suffered 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 - wait at least 24 hours between taking sumatriptan and any other 'triptan'
  • You are taking other migraine treatments (such as ergotamine and its derivatives, methysergide)

Consult your doctor if you:

  • Have a high risk of heart disease (e.g. you smoke, have high blood pressure, have diabetes)
  • 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

How to use Imigran

When taken at the beginning of a migraine attack, Imigran Nasal Spray provides the most relief, but can also be administered later in the episode.

You should spray 10-20mg into one nostril. If the medicine is ineffective, wait at least two hours before taking the second dose.

  1. Imigran Nasal Sprays come in individual blister packs. Open the blister only when ready to use.
  2. Blowing your nose before using is recommended if your nose feels blocked.
  3. Hold the spray with your index and middle fingers on each side of the nozzle and your thumb resting on the blue plunger.
  4. Insert the nozzle into one nostril (about 1cm or 1/2 inch in) and block the other one with a finger by pressing firmly on the side of your nose.
  5. Breathe in gently through your nose and out through your mouth.
  6. While you breathe in, press the blue plunger firmly with your thumb and keep breathing in while it sprays.
  7. Remove the spray and unblock the other nostril.
  8. Take a few deep breaths through your nose and then exhale through your mouth for 10 seconds. After applying the spray, your nose may feel wet and you may detect a slight taste - this is normal.
  9. Discard the used spray.

Imigran Side Effects

There are some people who will not experience side effects from taking Imigran Nasal Spray. However, if you do, you may experience:

  • Tightness or pressure in the chest or throat
  • Tingling sensations
  • Irritation of the nose or throat
  • Nosebleeds
  • 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.

Is it safe to use other migraine treatments alongside Imigran (sumatriptan)?

The use of painkillers like paracetamol, ibuprofen, and anti-nausea medications like Prochlorperazine Buccal Tablets is safe to use alongside Imigran (sumatriptan).

It is important not to take more than one triptan medicine at the same time, such as sumatriptan and almotriptan. Triptans work in a similar way, so taking two or more at the same time won't offer any additional benefits.

If you exceed the recommended dosage, you may experience adverse side effects.

How many packs of Imigran nasal spray can i buy in one purchase?

Imigran Nasal Spray is a prescription-only-medicine (POM). Therefore, we only provide a maximum of three packs of the nasal spray treatment per patient at a time, and we do so to ensure their safety.

The result is the ability to provide our patients with adequate medication, while also monitoring their condition, symptoms, and treatment effectiveness. Patients benefit from a combination of convenience and safety as a result of this model.

As long as your migraines are well controlled, and you do not experience any adverse side effects, you can log in and reorder another supply.

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