Sumatriptan 50mg tablet (Pack of 6)

Clinically effective treatment for migraines

  • Fast and effective migraine treatment
  • Effective against migraines that occur during periods in women
  • Can be taken with other painkillers
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What is Sumatriptan?

Sumatriptan is a medication designed specifically to treat migraine attacks with or without an aura (temporary visual sensory disturbances). Sumatriptan treats acute migraine attacks, which means sumatriptan should be taken at the start of a migraine, or when you feel like a migraine is coming on. Sumatriptan does not prevent migraines from occurring in the future, and therefore should not be taken if you are not suffering from a migraine attack.

Sumatriptan is effective against migraines that occur during menstruation in women. This is usually between 3 days before and 5 days after the beginning of menstruation.

How does sumatriptan work?

Sumatriptan is a medicine belonging to a group of drugs called serotonin (5-HT1) agonists (or ‘triptans’). Sumatriptan is designed to specifically treat migraines. Migraines are thought to involve chemical changes in the brain that cause a widening or swelling of blood vessels in the brain, which produces the throbbing pain. Sumatriptan constricts these blood vessels and reduces the release of certain brain chemicals which helps relieve the symptoms of migraine.

What is the difference between sumatriptan and Imigran?

Imigran and sumatriptan are the same medication. They both work the exact same way and are equally as effective. The only difference is that Imigran is the specific brand of sumatriptan whilst sumatriptan is a generic medication. This means sumatriptan is generally cheaper than Imigran as you are not paying for the brand.

Usage and Instructions

Is sumatriptan suitable for me?

Sumatriptan is generally well tolerated with few side effects. Start your online consultation to find out!

How long does it take for sumatriptan to work?

It takes about 30 minutes to 45 minutes for sumatriptan to take effect.

How do I take sumatriptan?

The recommended dose is 50mg however some people may require a higher dose of 100mg.

Take one dose as early as possible after the onset of a migraine headache. You can take this with or without food. If another headache occurs, you can take another dose at least 2 hours after the last one.

You must not take more than 300mg (either six tablets of 50mg or three tablets of 100mg) in a 24 hour period.

Sumatriptan is equally as effective no matter what stage of the migraine attack it is taken at.

Can I take pain killers with sumatriptan?

You can take painkillers such as paracetamol, aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen. It is not advisable to take any opioid painkillers like codeine, dihydrocodeine or co-codamol as these can make you feel even more nauseous (feeling sick) during a migraine attack.

Can I take sumatriptan if I am pregnant or breast feeding?

Sumatriptan can be taken during pregnancy if other methods of treating your migraine symptoms have not worked. However, it is best to consult your GP beforehand. Small amounts of sumatriptan is secreted in breast milk, so you should not breast feed for 12 hours after taking sumatriptan, during which time any breast milk expressed must be thrown away.

Potential Side Effects

Please read the enclosed Patient Information Leaflet carefully before use.Sumatriptan is generally well tolerated. Any side effects are usually mild.

Sometimes sumatriptan can cause dizziness, nausea (feeling sick), vomiting, drowsiness and facial flushing.

Some people may also be allergic to the medication and come up with a skin rash, itching, swelling around the lips and face, difficulty breathing or swallowing. If this happens, stop the medication immediately and seek medical attention.