Imigran Nasal Spray
Imigran nasal spray 20mg is an effective migraine treatment that can get rid of pain and nausea faster than tablets.
Imigran nasal spray is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline and is an effective treatment for migraines. Each Imigran nasal spray 20mg contains 20mg of the active ingredient sumatriptan.
Imigran nasal spray works faster than a tablet to bring you migraine relief. This is because Imigran nasal spray is absorbed quickly into the blood vessels in your nose, so it can get to work quickly to relieve your migraine.
You can request Imigran nasal spray from Asda Online Doctor. Fill out a short questionnaire for one of our doctors to review. Then you can choose between our next day delivery service, or pick up your Imigran nasal spray from a local Asda Pharmacy.
2 dose(s) - £30.00
6 dose(s) - £65.00
About Imigran Nasal Spray
What is Imigran nasal spray and what is it used for?
Imigran nasal spray is a medicine used for the treatment of migraines. Sumatriptan is the active ingredient in Imigran nasal spray and is easily absorbed through the lining on the inside of your nose. So as soon as your migraine starts, Imigran nasal spray can help you feel better in less than 2 hours.
A migraine usually causes a severe headache that feels like a throbbing pain on one side of your head. This can appear with other symptoms such as:
- nausea and vomiting
- sensitivity to light or sound
- an ‘aura’ where you get a warning sign like seeing flashing lights or patterns of light before the headache starts
- a numb or tingling sensation in parts of your body
How Imigran nasal spray works
Imigran nasal spray contains the active ingredient sumatriptan. Sumatriptan is a type of triptan medication. Triptans help to narrow blood vessels in the brain which are thought to swell during a migraine. They also help stop pain signals from nerves in the brain. This helps a migraine to go away quicker.
Imigran nasal spray is used in the nose, where it is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. This means it can get to work quickly, and also is useful if your migraines make you feel sick or vomit, because you do not need to swallow a tablet for it to work.
How to use Imigran nasal spray
Each Imigran nasal spray is sealed inside its own blister pack. Do not open a blister until you need to use Imigran nasal spray for a migraine attack.
To use Imigran nasal spray 20mg:
- Break the blister pack seal and take out the Imigran nasal spray 20mg.
- Blow your nose into a tissue.
- Block 1 nostril by pressing your finger on the side of your nose.
- Place 1 finger on either side of the Imigran nasal spray nozzle, and gently put the nozzle into your other nostril. Place your thumb on the blue plunger at the bottom.
- While standing, breathe out through your mouth and then close your mouth.
- Start to breathe in through your nostril, and press the blue plunger upwards with your thumb as far as it will go.
- Remove the spray nozzle and your finger from the side of your nose.
- Keep your head upright for 20 seconds and breathe normally through your mouth and nose.
- Now your Imigran nasal spray is empty, you can throw it into a bin.
- You can use a second Imigran nasal spray if you feel like your migraine is coming back 2 hours later.
Do not use more than 2 Imigran nasal spray doses in 24 hours.
You can use Imigran nasal spray if a doctor has confirmed you have migraines.
You should not use Imigran nasal spray if you:
- are younger than 12 years old
- are allergic to any of the ingredients in Imigran nasal spray
- have heart problems, such as angina (chest pains)
- get leg cramps
- have high blood pressure
- have ever had a stroke or heart attack
- have long term liver disease
- take other migraine medications, including sumatriptan tablets or Maxalt Melt 10mg
- have taken an MAOI (monoamine oxidase inhibitor) antidepressant in the last 2 weeks
You should talk to your doctor before taking Imigran nasal spray if you:
- smoke every day
- use nicotine replacement therapy, such as nicotine gum, lozenges, micro tabs, patches or mouth sprays
- are male and over 40 years old
- are female and started your menopause
- have ever had a seizure
- have liver or kidney disease
- are allergic to antibiotics called sulphonamides
- take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
- take serotonin noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
- are pregnant or are planning to get pregnant
If you’re unsure about whether you can take Imigran nasal spray, talk to your doctor or a healthcare professional. You can find more about Imigran nasal spray in the patient information leaflet.
If you cannot use a nasal spray, you may be able to use alternative migraine treatments from Asda Online Doctor such as:
- tablets that you swallow (sumatriptan 100mg)
- wafer tablets that melt in your mouth (Maxalt Melt 10mg)
Common side effects you might get while using Imigran nasal spray include:
- unpleasant taste in your mouth
- a heavy feeling in your chest or tingling
- burning sensation in your nose
- nausea or vomiting
- feeling tired, dizzy or drowsy
- muscle ache
- nose bleeds
If you experience any of the following after taking Imigran nasal spray, you may be having an allergic reaction and you need to call 999:
- rash or hives
- wheezing or shortness of breath
- swollen eyelids, face or lips
For a full list of possible side effects please read the patient information leaflet that comes in your box of Imigran nasal spray.
After using Imigran nasal spray, do not breastfeed for 12 hours and throw away any milk you produced during that time.
Other medicines[Text Wrapping Break]Before you use Imigran nasal spray, you need to let your doctor know if you’re taking:
- ergotamine or methysergide to treat migraines
- other triptans or 5-HT receptor agonists, such as naratriptan, zolmitriptan, rizatriptan
- selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
- serotonin noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
- monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs )
- the herbal remedy St. John’s wort
If you’re unsure about whether you can use Imigran nasal spray, please get in touch with your doctor and read the patient information leaflet.
Which active ingredients does Imigran nasal spray 20mg contain?
The main active ingredient in Imigran nasal spray is 20mg of sumatriptan.
The other ingredients in Imigran nasal spray are potassium dihydrogen phosphate, dibasic sodium phosphate anhydrous, sulphuric acid, sodium hydroxide and purified water.
How should Imigran nasal spray be disposed of?
You should take any unused or expired Imigran nasal spray to your local pharmacy for safe disposal. If you use Imigran nasal spray to treat a migraine attack, the empty nasal spray can be thrown into your bin at home.
How should Imigran nasal spray be stored?
Store your Imigran nasal spray in the plastic blister pack that it comes in and do not peel back the seal until you need to use it. Protect the pack from light and do not store it above 30°C.
What does Imigran nasal spray look like?
Imigran nasal spray comes as a nasal spray that contains 0.1ml of a yellow liquid. Each Imigran nasal spray is protected inside its own blister pack and is ready to use when you take it out.
In which pack sizes is Imigran nasal spray available?
Imigran nasal spray is available in a pack of 2 nasal sprays from Asda Online Doctor.
Information on the manufacturer
The manufacturer of Imigran nasal spray is GlaxoSmithKline, Manufacturing S.p.A., San Polo di Torrile, Parma, Italy.
The marketing authorisation holder for Imigran nasal spray is Glaxo Wellcome UK Ltd, 980 Great West Road, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 9GS.
Dr Kathryn Basford
Dr Kathryn Basford is a qualified GP who works as a GP in London, as well as with ZAVA. She graduated from the University of Manchester and completed her GP training through Whipps Cross Hospital in London.Meet our doctors
Article created: 13 Oct 2021
Last reviewed: 13 Oct 2021