- Generic version of Imigran
- Effective medicine for symptoms of a migraine
- Sumatriptan belongs to the group of medicines known as triptans
NOTE: After selecting this product, you will need to complete a short assessment, so we can make sure this medication is suitable for you.
Sumatriptan treats migraines with or without aura. This drug belongs to a class known as triptans. Triptans work by constricting the widened blood vessels that cause migraine, resulting in alleviation of migraine pain and symptoms. Sumatriptan is generally a well tolerated triptan and is available in a variety of dosage forms such as tablet, nasal spray or injection.
How does sumatriptan work?
The exact cause of migraines is unknown, but it is associated with the widening of blood vessels in the brain. Sumatriptan works by constricting these vessels in the brain, reversing the effects of the migraine, resulting in alleviated migraine symptoms. Sumatriptan takes about 30 minutes to become effective so it is important to take it as soon as you feel the migraine coming on.
Sumatriptan works best if you take it as soon as you feel the migraine coming on. It should not be taken before the migraine in the aura phase. A second tablet can be taken 2 to 3 hours after your first tablet if you have not noticed benefits, however no more than 2 tablets should be taken for the same migraine and no more than 2 tablets should be taken in a 24 hour period. Sumatriptan is available as a 50mg or a 100mg tablet, if the 50mg tablet is ineffective, you may find the 100mg tablet more effective. Sumatriptan starts to alleviate symptoms after 30 minutes of taking the tablet.
Sumatriptan vs Imigran
Sumatriptan is the generic version of Imigran, which is the branded version. Both contain the same active ingredient, which is sumatriptan succinate, both work in the same way and both are just as effective. Although both are medically the same, personal preference is a factor to consider as some people may prefer the branded version to the generic.
Not all medication works the same for everyone. Although triptans work in a similar way, you may have to try 3 different ones on 3 different occasions before finding the most effective one for yourself. Other treatments available here at ashcroft pharmacy include:
These are just the triptans that are available to buy. Other medications that may help alleviate symptoms of migraines are painkillers such as paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin and also anti sickness medication such as buccastem M. These are available to buy over the counter at most pharmacies.
Swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water. Sumatriptan should be taken at the onset of a migraine, it will not work in preventing migraines, so do not take it unless you have a migraine. If your headache returns after taking sumatriptan, you may take another tablet given that at least 2 hours have passed. Do not take another dose of sumatriptan if the first dose did not work at all. It may be used again for a future migraine. Do not take more than 300mg of sumatriptan in 24 hours. Do not take in combination with other triptans.
Swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water.
What is the difference between sumatriptan and Imigran?
Imigran is the branded version. Sumatriptan is the generic version. Both contain the same active ingredient, sumatriptan, so both are medically equivalent but sumatriptan generic is available at a much lower cost.
How long does it take for sumatriptan to work and how long do effects last?
It takes between 30 and 60 minutes to be effective and these effects last for approximately 2 hours.
Can I use other migraine treatments with sumatriptan?
You cannot take other triptans such as rizatriptan and zolmitriptan as this could cause unwanted side effects. However, other treatments you can take are painkillers such as paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin, and anti sickness tablets such as buccastem, to alleviate symptoms.
Is sumatriptan a painkiller?
Although sumatriptan can relieve migraines, it is not a painkiller. Painkillers such as paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin can be used alongside sumatriptan to further alleviate symptoms.
Can I take sumatriptan with alcohol?
Technically you can. However, sumatriptan may cause drowsiness or dizziness, therefore alcohol is not recommended as it could make the side effects worse.
Does sumatriptan work for normal headaches?
No. Sumatriptan should only be used for migraines. Painkillers such as paracetamol are suitable for regular headaches.
Does sumatriptan prevent migraines?
No. Sumatriptan should only be used once you feel a migraine coming on. Do not take it any earlier. Sumatriptan will not be effective in preventing migraines that have not yet occured, doing this may actually make migraines worse due to overuse of sumatriptan.
Which triptan works the best?
All medications work slightly differently for everyone, so everyone may have a different preferred triptan. It is important to try at least 3 triptans on 3 separate occasions before deciding the most effective triptan for yourself.
Common side effects of sumatriptan includes:
- Nausea & vomiting
- Shortness of breath
However, many of these effects may be due to the migraine itself. You may also experience tightness in the chest, or unusual sensations such as numbness and tingling. These affects may be intense but they usually pass quickly, if they do not pass quickly or become severe, you must seek urgent medical attention.
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