Imigran Nasal Spray

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Imigran Nasal Spray


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What is Imigran Nasal Spray

Containing the active ingredient sumatriptan, Imigran nasal spray is used as an effective treatment for relieving the symptoms of a migraine. Migraines are a common health condition, affecting approximately one in every five women and one in every 15 men, but they can be severely debilitating.

Can I buy Imigran Nasal Spray online?

Ordering Imigran nasal spray online is a quick, easy and confidential process and simply involves you filling out a brief assessment form. To ensure you feel secure in your purchase, your answers will be checked by one of our doctors to ensure that this is the best option to help with your migraines.

Why choose Imigran Nasal Spray?

Imigran nasal spray can be used to relieve the symptoms of migraines. In trials, patients agreed that the nasal spray got to work on addressing and stopping the migraine symptoms faster than the tablet form and though for some users, it was less effective in dealing with severe symptoms, there were fewer side effects from the nasal spray over the tablets.

As with any medication, it is important to find what works best for you but the nasal spray is a safe and easy way to help end the effects of your migraines which can include a severe headache, pain in the side or front of the head, nausea and sensitivity to sound and light.

How Effective Is Imigran Nasal Spray?

Imigran is an effective choice for migraine sufferers as it can be given at any point after the onset of a migraine and be equally as beneficial, whereas other options need to be taken as early as possible after a migraine has begun to be fully effective.

It is a fast acting pain relief option which can get directly to the root cause of the migraine, the widening blood vessels in the brain, and assist by contracting them to ease the pain and other symptoms.

What dose should I choose?

Imigran nasal spray is available in 10mg and 20mg strengths with each spray of the product containing one single dose of the active ingredient sumatriptan. For adults aged between 18 and 65, the recommended dosage is one 20mg spray, whereas for children aged between 12 and 17, the recommended dosage is one 10mg spray. Do not use more than two sprays of either dose relevant to you in a 24 hour period and it is important to note that Imigran nasal spray is not suitable for children under the age of 12.

For more help and guidance, you may want to consult your GP or contact our experts at Click Pharmacy.

How should I take Imigran Nasal Spray?

It is best to use this product as soon as you feel a migraine starting, however, it can be used at any time during the attack with equal effect. Imigran nasal spray features three parts: a nozzle, a finger-grip and a blue plunger. To use the spray, the nozzle should be inserted into your nostril, with one finger pressed down on your other nostril. Once the nozzle is in place, the blue plunger can be pressed. This will release a full, single dose of the medicine into your nose. More information on how to take this medicine can be found in the patient information leaflet provided with a step by step breakdown or you can contact our specialists at Click Pharmacy.

What are the side effects of Imigran Nasal Spray?

The most common side effect noted during trials of this product was an unpleasant taste. However, you may also experience other effects such as:

  • a heavy pressure
  • tightness or pain in your chest or throat
  • irritation in your nose or throat
  • nausea
  • tiredness
  • dizziness
  • shortness of breath
  • aching muscles
  • increase in blood pressure

Speak to your doctor or our specialists at Click Pharmacy if you require any further help or advice.

How does Imigran Nasal Spray work?

Migraines are caused by the temporary widening of blood vessels in the head. Imigran nasal spray works to reduce the size of the enlarged vessels, which in turn stops the pain signals being sent to the brain. It does this by blocking certain natural substances which are released which cause the symptoms of a migraine such as pain and nausea.

Is it safe to use Imigran Nasal Spray whilst pregnant or breastfeeding?

There has been very little testing done on the safety of sumatriptan on pregnant women, their foetus or on a breastfeeding mother and baby. As such, the advice is to start by speaking to your GP or online with one of the doctors at Click Pharmacy, which may be easier if you are at home with a newborn and/or breastfeeding.

It is important to note that there are no found risks yet of birth defects in women who use sumatriptan during pregnancy, though a discussion with a medical expert should put your mind at rest either way.

With regard to breastfeeding, the advice is to avoid breastfeeding for 12 hours after using a sumatriptan product and to discard milk pumped during this time.

Is it safe to use Imigran Nasal Spray with whilst taking other medication

Sumatriptan should not be used with certain medications and supplements, including herbal supplements. Mixing Imigran with these medications can stop its effectiveness or even cause adverse effects. You should tell your doctor all other medications and supplements you are currently taking prior to purchasing Imigran nasal spray, the most important of which being:

  • St John’s Wort: can make side effects more likely
  • MAOIs or monoamine oxidase inhibitors: do not sumatriptan if you have taken these in the last 2 weeks
  • other triptans and 5-HT1 receptor agonists: must have stopped taking these at least 24 hours before using Imigran
  • SSRIs or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors or SNRIs Serotonin Noradrenaline
  • Reuptake Inhibitors: a mixture of these and sumatriptan can cause serotonin syndrome which includes restlessness, sweating and increased heart rate.
  • ergotamine (used to treat migraine): do not use for 6+ hours after using Imigran

What is Imigran Nasal Spray used to treat symptoms of?

Imigran Nasal Spray is used to treat symptoms of migraines and cluster headaches.

What is the active ingredient in Imigran Nasal Spray?

The active ingredient in Imigran Nasal Spray is sumatriptan. This ingredient is effective at treating symptoms of migraine and cluster headaches.

What is the difference between Imigran Nasal Spray and Imigran Tablets?

Both Imigran Nasal Spray and Tablets are used to treat symptoms of migraine and cluster headaches. The main difference is the type of product, one is a nasal spray and one comes as tablets you swallow.

Can children use Imigran Nasal Spray?

Imigran Nasal Spray is not generally recommended for children to use. However in rare cases it has been prescribed to children over the age of 6 years old.

Do I need a prescription to purchase Imigran Nasal Spray?

Yes, you require a prescription to purchase Imigran Nasal Spray. After completing a short online questionnaire, you will be provided with a prescription. This will allow you to purchase Imigran Nasal Spray from our website.

What is the difference between Sumatriptan Tablets and Imigran Nasal Spray?

Both Sumatriptan Tablets and Imigran Nasal Spray are used to treat symptoms of migraines and cluster headaches. The main difference is branding and type of product. Imigran is the branded version of sumatriptan, you can purchase sumatriptan as tablets however Imigran can be purchased in the form of both tablets or nasal sprays.

Does using Imigran Nasal Spray affect my contraception in any way?

Using Imigran Nasal Spray does not stop contraception from working. However it is generally advised to refrain from taking the pill if you suffer from migraines and cluster headaches.

Can pregnant or breastfeeding women use Imigran Nasal Spray?

It is usually safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women to use Imigran Nasal Spray. However it is advised to speak to a GP, pharmacist or midwife before doing so.

Can I drink alcohol while using Imigran Nasal Spray?

Drinking alcohol does not interfere with Imigran Nasal Spray and how they function. However if you are experiencing a migraine and cluster headaches it is generally advised to not drink any alcohol.

Can I use Imigran Nasal Spray more than once?

One Imigran Nasal Spray contains one dose. It can only be used once.

How long does it take for Imigran Nasal Spray to begin improving symptoms?

Imigran Nasal Spray generally takes 15 minutes to improve symptoms of a migraine. If symptoms return, you can take another dose after 2 hours.

How should I use Imigran Nasal Spray?

Prior to using the nasa spray you should blow your nose with a tissue. You should cover one nostril with your finger and spray the other nostril. After spraying you should breathe in through the nose to ensure all the medication is absorbed.

Like all medicines, you will experience a number of side effects from using Imigran Nasal Spray. Common side effects and how to overcome them include:

  • Nausea: you should avoid large spicy meals and stick to simple well balanced meals.
  • Dizziness: you should rest and drink plenty of water to ensure you are hydrated.
  • Irritation in the throat and nose: this side effect should disappear after a short amount of time. If it does not disappear, then you should stop using Imigran Nasal Spray.
  • Nose bleeds: drink plenty of water to ensure you are hydrated and rest.

If any of these side effects worsen, you should stop using Imigran Nasal Spray immediately and seek medical advice from a GP or pharmacist as soon as possible.

Always read the patient information leaflet before starting your treatment. The patient information can be found here.

Authored by Jana Abelovska

Last reviewed 20 April 2021

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