Migraitan

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Migraitan (sumatriptan) helps relieve migraine symptoms like headache, nausea, pain, and vomiting. It gets to work within 30 minutes.

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Reviewed by Virginia Chachati MPharm
(2013, University College London)
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Information last reviewed 07/07/2021

About

What is Migraitan?

Migraitan is a medicine that contains the active ingredient sumatriptan. It is used to relieve the symptoms of migraine, including headache, pain, nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to sunlight. Migraitan is available as tablets that you swallow with water.

How does Migraitan work?

Migraitan contains the active ingredient sumatriptan, which belongs to a group of medicines known as serotonin receptor agonists, or triptans. Triptans work by increasing the activity of the natural substance serotonin to narrow your blood vessels in your brain to help treat migraines. While triptans are neither a preventative nor a cure for migraines, they provide effective and fast relief from symptoms such as pain, nausea, and sensitivity to sunlight.

How long does it take for Migraitan to work?

Migraitan works best if taken as soon as the symptoms of migraine start. Migraitan gets to work within 30 minutes.

How long do the effects of Migraitan last?

Migraitan should work within 30 minutes to 2 hours, and it should provide relief from your migraine for 24 hours. If you take a Migraitan tablet and your migraine is not getting better after 2 hours, then you can take another tablet. You should not take more than 2 tablets of Migraitan in 24 hours. If you do not feel well after your second tablet, see a doctor as soon as possible.

Does Migraitan work for ocular migraines and migraines without headaches?

Ocular migraines, also known as retinal migraines, include symptoms such as visual blind spots, bright or flashing lights, temporary loss of vision, and an increased sensitivity to light. Generally, these symptoms don't tend to last for very long. When ocular migraines are accompanied by headache-like symptoms, Migraitan can be used for relief.

Using Migraitan with other migraine treatments

If Migraitan does not help relieve your migraine symptoms, you can check with your doctor or pharmacist if taking over the counter painkillers such as paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin can help. However, Migraitan should not be taken within 24 hours of taking ergotamine, dihydroergotamine, methysergide, or any other triptan-containing treatment such as zolmitriptan, almotriptan, eletriptan, frovatriptan, rizatriptan, or naratriptan.

Is Migraitan a preventative or a cure?

Migraitan is neither a preventative or a cure for migraines. You only use Migraitan to relieve the symptoms of a migraine as soon as it starts. 

How effective is Migraitan?

Migraitan is a safe and effective treatment for migraines, but its effectiveness can vary between patients. You should organise a follow-up appointment with your doctor after using Migraitan to discuss its effectiveness and any side effects you may have experienced.

Is Migraitan a painkiller?

Migraitan is a serotonin receptor agonist, or triptan, specifically designed to treat migraines. You can use Migraitan to help relieve the pain of migraines, but Migraitan is not a painkiller that can be used to treat other types of pain.

Is Migraintan ok for long term use?

It is ok to use Migraitan long term if your doctor recommends it. You should not use Migraitan daily or as a way to prevent migraines. Migraitan is only used to treat migraines as soon as they start.

Can I take Migraitan with over the counter painkillers and headache treatments?

Migraitan can be taken in combination with over the counter painkillers such as paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin if they are suitable for you to take. Always check with a pharmacist before taking Migraitan in combination with over the counter painkillers specifically designed to treat migraines.

Ingredients

Active ingredients

The active ingredient in Migraitan is sumatriptan.

Inactive ingredients

The inactive ingredients in Migraitan are lactose monohydrate, hypromellose, microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide (E171), triacetin, and red iron oxide (E172).

Which ingredients can cause an allergic reaction?

While it is not common to have an allergic reaction to this medication, if you have previously had an allergic reaction to the active ingredient Sumatriptan or to sulfonamide antibiotics (eg. co-trimazole) or any of the other ingredients of this medicine, you should let your doctor know as this medication might not be suitable for you.

Dosage

Your doctor will decide how much Migraitan you need to take depending on the severity of your migraine symptoms and how well Migraitan works for you after you use it. The recommended dose for adults aged 18 to 65 years old is one 50 mg Migraitan tablet as soon as you feel the migraine starting. Migraitan is not recommended for use in adults over the age of 65 years old.

How to use Migraitan?

Always use Migraitan as instructed by a doctor or pharmacist. Swallow one 50 mg tablet whole with a glass of water as soon as you feel the symptoms of migraine coming on. Tablets should not be crushed or chewed. If your first dose has no effect, do not take another tablet without first consulting a doctor. If your symptoms are temporarily relieved but return 2 hours or more later, you can take another tablet within 24 hours. Do not take two doses within 2 hours of each other, and do not take more than 2 tablets within 24 hours without the advice of a doctor. If you take more Migraitan than you should, contact a doctor immediately.

Side Effects

Migraitan can cause side effects in some people. Common side effects of Migraitan, affecting up to 1 in 10 people, include:

  • Drowsiness, dizziness, sensory disturbance
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Muscle pain
  • Temporary increase in blood pressure
  • Flushing
  • Weakness, tiredness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain, sensation of heat or cold, pressure, tightness or heaviness - these symptoms are generally temporary and can occur in any part of the body

 The following side effects of Migraitan are very rare:

  • Seizures, involuntary movement, tremor, nystagmus
  • Visual disorders such as flickering, reduced vision, or loss of vision (this may be the result of the migraine itself)
  • Changes in heartbeat, chest pain or heart attack
  • Low blood pressure, Raynaud’s phenomenon
  • Inflammation of the colon, with pain in the lower left side of the abdomen or bloody diarrhoea
  • Neck stiffness
  • Minor disturbances in liver function tests
  • Diarrhoea
  • Anxiety
  • Excessive sweating
  • Joint pain

If you experience symptoms of a rare but severe allergic reaction, stop taking Migraitan and seek emergency medical help. Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction include skin rash, red spots or hives, sudden wheezing, tightness of the chest, and swelling of the eyelids, face or lips.

Contraindications

Do not take Migraitan if:

  • You are allergic to sumatriptan or any of the other ingredients in this medicine
  • You have a heart problem such as a narrowing of the arteries (ischaemic heart disease), chest pain (angina), or have had a heart attack in the past
  • You have had a stroke or a mini-stroke (transient ischaemic attack, or TIA)
  • You have blood circulation problems in the legs causing cramp-like pain when you walk (peripheral vascular disease)
  • You have high blood pressure, or your blood pressure remains high even after taking medicine to lower it
  • You have severely reduced liver function

 Before using Migraitan, tell your doctor if:

  • You have symptoms indicating cardiac disease, including chest pain or feeling of pressure in the chest area which may be radiating to your neck
  • You have an intolerance to some sugars
  • You have reduced liver or kidney function
  • You have a history of seizures, or if you have other conditions which might make it more likely that you’ll have a seizure
  • You are allergic to sulfonamide
  • You are a heavy smoker or are using nicotine replacement therapy, in particular, if you are a man over the age of 40 years old or a woman who has been through menopause

Drug interactions

Before taking Migraitan, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including those purchased over the counter without a prescription. Some medicines may influence the effects of Migraitan, including:

  • Ergotamine or its derivatives, used to treat migraines. If you have taken a product containing ergotamine, wait at least 24 hours before taking Migraitan. After taking Migraitan, wait at least 6 hours before taking a product containing ergotamine.
  • Do not take Migraitan if you have taken a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor in the past 2 weeks. This includes moclobemide for depression or selegiline for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
  • Using Migraitan with SSRIs and SNRIs for depression can cause serotonin syndrome, with symptoms such as restlessness, confusion, sweating, hallucinations, increased reflexes, muscle spasms, shivering, increased heartbeat, and shaking.
  • Taking Migraitan with herbal remedies containing St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) may make side effects more likely.

Driving whilst taking Migraitan

Migraitan can cause drowsiness, and migraines themselves can cause changes in your vision, dizziness and sleepiness. If you experience any of these, do not drive, ride a bike, or operate heavy machinery until the sensation has passed.

Migraitan and Pregnancy

If you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy, or breastfeeding, speak to a doctor for advice before using Migraitan.

Migraitan and alcohol

You should not drink alcohol after taking Migraitan, as this can increase the likelihood of side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness and flushing. Alcohol is also likely to make your migraine feel worse.

Treatment Options

Migraitan vs. sumatriptan

Migraitan is a brand name for the generic drug sumatriptan. Both contain the active ingredient sumatriptan and work in the same way. You can buy Migraitan over the counter in small quantities. Sumatriptan can be bought online with a prescription through Dr Felix and works out cheaper than Migraitan for a larger quantity of tablets, if needed.

Imigran Nasal Spray vs Migraitan

Imigran nasal spray and Migraitan tablets contain the same active ingredient, sumatriptan, and work in the same way to relieve the symptom of migraine. Both begin to work in around 30 minutes and should be used as soon as the symptoms of a migraine start to appear. Imigran nasal spray is a good alternative for people who struggle to swallow tablets, but should be used at a lower dose of one 10 mg spray, or one 20 mg spray into one nostril. The Imigran nasal spray and Migraitan tablet options are considered to have a similar effectiveness, though the nasal spray is less likely to have adverse side effects.

Alternatives to Migraitan

Migraitan, generic name sumatriptan, is the most commonly prescribed treatment for migraines, and is available in the form of a nasal spray under the brand name Imigran. Other triptans, such as rizatriptan, frovatriptan and naratriptan, are also available. Antiemetics (for nausea and vomiting) such as Buccastem can also help. Regular painkillers such as paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin can be used to relieve pain, and can be purchased over the counter with the advice of a pharmacist.

Preventing migraines without treatment

Migraines can be prevented without treatment in some cases. For example, while working at a computer, take regular breaks from looking at your screen and walk around between tasks. Regular exercise can help reduce the occurence of migraines. Find the time to relax and de-stress where possible. Maintain a balanced and healthy diet, and stay well hydrated by drinking water throughout the day.

Q&A

Do I need a prescription to buy Migraitan?

No, Migraitan is available over the counter at a pharmacy and does not require a prescription. You can also buy Migraitan online from Dr Felix.

Can I drive while taking Migraitan?

Migraitan can cause drowsiness, in which case you should not drive until you feel normal again. Migraines themselves can also cause dizziness, tiredness, or obstruction to vision, in which case you should not attempt to drive.

Does Migraitan contain lactose?

Migraitan does contain lactose. If you are intolerant to lactose or any other sugars, speak to your doctor before taking Migraitan.

Does Migraitan help with menstrual migraines?

Migraitan is an effective treatment for menstrual migraines. For many women, migraines are linked to hormonal changes during their menstrual cycle. Menstrual migraines can occur at any time before, during or after your period.

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