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.
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.
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.
Migraitan works best if taken as soon as the symptoms of migraine start. Migraitan gets to work within 30 minutes.
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.
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.
One tablet, taken at the onset of migraine symptoms, no mroe than 2 tablets in 24 hours
|Type of Medicine||
Selectively binds to and activates serotonin 5-HT1D receptors, constricting cerebral blood vessels to provide relief from migraine
From £3.60 per tablet
Can include drowsiness, flushing, weakness, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, increased blood pressure, dizziness, sensory disturbance
The active ingredient in Migraitan is sumatriptan.
The inactive ingredients in Migraitan are lactose monohydrate, hypromellose, microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide (E171), triacetin, and red iron oxide (E172).
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.
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.
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.
Migraitan can cause side effects in some people. Common side effects of Migraitan, affecting up to 1 in 10 people, include:
The following side effects of Migraitan are very rare:
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.
Do not take Migraitan if:
Before using Migraitan, tell your doctor if:
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:
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.
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.
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.
If you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy, or breastfeeding, speak to a doctor for advice before using Migraitan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Migraitan does contain lactose. If you are intolerant to lactose or any other sugars, speak to your doctor before taking Migraitan.
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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