Sumatriptan can help you stop a migraine within 2 hours. You can take sumatriptan if you’re over 18 years old and have been diagnosed with migraines in the past.
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You can use sumatriptan 50mg or sumatriptan 100mg tablets to treat migraines when they happen. Sumatriptan tablets are manufactured by Dexcel pharma and come in packs of up to 12 tablets.
You only need to take 1 sumatriptan tablet for effective migraine relief.
Migraines are painful headaches that do not go away on their own and can make you feel like you need to vomit. When you have a migraine, it can negatively affect how you live your life. Sumatriptan works within 2 hours to reduce migraine pain and stop you from feeling sick.
You can request sumatriptan online today from Asda Online Doctor. Start by filling out a short online questionnaire. One of our doctors will check your answers to make sure sumatriptan is right for you. Choose between next day delivery or collection from a nearby Asda Pharmacy.
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What is sumatriptan and what is it used for?
Sumatriptan is a tablet that contains a type of medication called a triptan. You can use it to treat a migraine as soon as it starts. The active ingredient in sumatriptan tablets is sumatriptan, which is a generic form of the brand Imigran.
How sumatriptan works
Sumatriptan is a type of triptan medication. Triptans work by attaching to 5-HT receptors in the brain. This helps to narrow blood vessels which can become swollen during a migraine. They help to stop the pain and other symptoms of a migraine
How to take sumatriptan
Only take a sumatriptan tablet when you have a migraine attack and not beforehand. This is because you can only treat a migraine that’s happening at that time with sumatriptan. It does not prevent them.
To take sumatriptan :
- Swallow 1 sumatriptan tablet whole with water as soon as you feel a migraine attack coming on. You do not need to have any food with sumatriptan tablets.
- After your first dose, if your migraine is not better after 2 hours, do not take another sumatriptan tablet but speak to a doctor for advice. If your migraine does get better but you feel like it’s coming back, you can take a second sumatriptan tablet as long as it is at least 2 hours since your first dose.
- If your second dose of sumatriptan does not clear your migraine, you need to speak to your doctor.
Taking too many sumatriptan tablets can make you ill, so do not take more than 3 sumatriptan tablets in a 24 hour period. Get in touch with your doctor if you have taken too many sumatriptan tablets or call 111 for help from a healthcare professional.
You can take sumatriptan tablets if a doctor has confirmed that you have migraines.
Before you take sumatriptan, you need to speak to a doctor if you:
- are male and over 40 years old
- are female and started your menopause
- have epilepsy
- have high blood pressure
- have liver or kidney disease
- are allergic to sulphonamides
- are pregnant or are planning to get pregnant
You should not take sumatriptan if you:
- are under 18 years old
- are allergic to any of the ingredients in sumatriptan tablets
- have heart disease or angina (chest pains)
- have ever had a stroke or heart attack
- get leg cramps due to circulation problems
- have high blood pressure
- have liver disease
- take other migraine medications
- take MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors)
- take antidepressants called SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors)
- take antidepressants called SNRIs (selective noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors)
You can find more details in the patient information leaflet that comes with your Sumatriptan tablets.
If you cannot swallow sumatriptan tablets, you can try these migraine treatments from Asda Online Doctor:
- Imigran nasal spray, which contains 20mg of sumatriptan and is a nasal spray
- Maxalt melt, which contains rizatriptan and is a wafer that melts on your tongue
Sumatriptan 50mg tablets and sumatriptan 100mg tablets are the same as Imigran tablets. They contain the same active ingredient and work in exactly the same way to treat migraines.
The main difference is that sumatriptan tablets and Imigran tablets are made by different medicine manufacturers, so they will not have the same inactive ingredients in them.
When you take sumatriptan, there are common side effects you might get, such as:
- nausea or vomiting
- feeling tired
- your blood pressure increasing
- muscle ache
Call 999 if you take sumatriptan and you have:
- heart problems or strong chest pains (angina)
- an allergic reaction, that comes up as a rash, hives, wheezing, shortness of breath or swelling of your eyes, lips and face
If you experience any side effects when taking sumatriptan tablets, get in touch with your doctor straight away. For a full list of possible side effects of sumatriptan tablets, read the patient information leaflet.
Speak to your doctor if you’re taking any medicines, including over the counter medicines you’ve bought from a pharmacy. You cannot take sumatriptan if you’re taking:
- other migraine medications, such as ergotamine, methysergide
- other triptans, such as zolmitriptan, rizatriptan or naratriptan
- medicines to treat depression such as MAOIs, SSRIs, SNRIs, such as dihydroergotamine, fluoxetine, duloxetine or venlafaxine
- St. John’s wort
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
If you’re pregnant, you need to speak to a doctor before you can take sumatriptan .
If you’re breastfeeding, wait 12 hours after you take a sumatriptan tablet to breastfeed your baby. You should throw away any breast milk you produce or pump out during these 12 hours.
Which active ingredients do sumatriptan tablets contain?
The main active ingredient in sumatriptan tablets is sumatriptan succinate.
The other ingredients in sumatriptan tablets are lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, acesulfame potassium, magnesium stearate and colloidal silicon anhydrous.
Check the patient information leaflet for any updates on the ingredients in sumatriptan tablets as they can vary based on the generic manufacturer.
Sumatriptan tablets contain lactose, so if you are allergic to lactose, get in touch with your doctor before taking sumatriptan tablets.
How should sumatriptan be disposed of?
Take any sumatriptan tablets that have expired, or that you no longer plan to use, to your local pharmacy so they can dispose of them safely.
How should sumatriptan be stored?
Store your sumatriptan tablets in their original box and out of reach of children. You can keep sumatriptan in a zipped pocket in your bag, pocket or coat when you go out.
In which pack sizes is sumatriptan available?
Sumatriptan tablets are available in pack sizes of 2, 4, 6 or 12 tablets in foil blister strips.
Information on the manufacturer
The marketing authorisation holder and manufacturer of sumatriptan Tablets is Dexcel-Pharma Ltd., 7 Sopwith Way, Drayton Fields, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN11 8PB, UK.
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: 14 Oct 2021
Last reviewed: 14 Oct 2021
Sumatriptan tablets patient information leaflet [Dec 2020] [accessed 08/09/2021]
NHS Migraine [May 2019] [accessed 08/09/2021]