Sumatriptan is the generic, more affordable, equivalent to Imigran. Sumatriptan relieves symptoms by reversing the changes made in your brain when a migraine occurs.
Imigran contains the active ingredient Sumatriptan, which narrows blood vessels in the brain. Imigran is a fast-acting medication that can relieve migraines in just 30 minutes.
Imigran Nasal Spray
Imigran Nasal Spray is ideal for individuals who struggle to swallow tablets. This migraine nasal spray eases the pressure in your brain, relieving symptoms in just 30 minutes.
Zolmitriptan is a fast-acting migraine relief treatment. Similarly to Imigran, Zolmitriptan contains the active ingredient sumatriptan succinate.
Rizatriptan contains the active ingredient sumatriptan succinate. Rizatriptan quickly treats the symptoms and causes of severe migraine attacks.
Zomig nasal spray is a popular migraine treatment for those who struggle to swallow tablets. Zomig contains Sumatriptan; the popular ingredient known for relieving pressure in the brain.
Zolmitriptan Orodispersible is a fast-acting migraine treatment that dissolves in your mouth. Orodispersible tablets are favoured amongst those who have difficulty swallowing capsules.
Maxalt Melt is the branded version of Rizatriptan Orodispersible. Maxalt Melts dissolve in your mouth, suiting those who struggle to swallow capsules.
Rizatriptan Orodispersible tablets are dissolvable tablets that tackle even the most severe symptoms of migraine attacks. Orodispersible tablets are perfect for those who struggle to swallow capsules.
What Is A Migraine?
Migraines are common conditions affecting around one in five women and up to 6 per cent of men. They can be loosely described as severe headaches involving a throbbing pain in the front or side of the head. A migraine sufferer often finds these headaches to be a recurring, debilitating problem.
25 million days of school and work are lost every year in the UK due to migraines, costing the UK economy somewhere in the region of £2.25 billion.
How Is A Migraine Different From A Headache?
There is a common misconception that migraines are nothing more than intense headaches. In reality, a migraine is a complex neurological affliction which is recognised by the World Health Organisation as one of the most disabling lifestyle conditions.
Migraine pain is often concentrated in one side of the head, and is sometimes preceded by visual or sensory disturbances such as flashing lights or blurred vision. Migraines can last for hours or even days at a time.
As well as severe head pain, symptoms of migraines can include:
- Heightened sensitivity to noise, bright lights and strong fragrances
- Nausea, queasiness and sometimes even vomiting
- An inability to carry out normal daily activities, often because sufferers feel the need to lie in a dark, cool room
- Neck and shoulder stiffness
Feelings of exhaustion can stay with migraine sufferers for days after the head pain itself has subsided.
What Causes Migraines?
There is no one specific cause for migraines and scientists do not yet know precisely why they have such an impact on some people. However, a range of factors have been identified as triggers for migraines, including light, noise, reactions to food and dehydration. Other factors might include prolonged stress, insomnia, general inactivity and overexposure to screens on devices like computers, smartphones and televisions.
Migraines are thought to be the result of abnormal brain activity temporarily altering nerve signals, chemicals and circulation through blood vessels. There is evidence to suggest that genetics may make you more likely to experience migraines as the result of a specific trigger.
Lifestyle aspects such as alcohol consumption, poor diet, poor posture and low blood sugar can all make you more susceptible.
How Do You Treat Migraines?
Despite these severe triggers and symptoms, many people still see migraines as an untreatable, even unavoidable condition. They see these headaches as just “something you have to live with”, but this isn’t true. Pain is the body’s way of telling you something is wrong.
Practising self-care can help tackle migraine symptoms through gentle stretches and exercises, improving your diet, drinking plenty of fluids and taking time away from screens in order to experience some fresh air.
Medication is also an effective form of migraine relief, and there are several medications on the market that pharmacists can prescribe to sufferers. Imigran is the leading brand when it comes to migraine relief medication, but there now several alternatives such as Sumatriptan, Zolmitriptan and Rizatriptan.
Migraine Treatments Available
Sumatriptan: Sumatriptan tablets contain the active ingredient Sumatriptan Succinate. They reverse the widening of blood vessels in the brain, which is believed to be related to the pressure that causes migraines.
Imigran: Imigran tablets are the branded equivalent of Sumatriptan tablets. They work in the exact same way, relieving migraines in just 30 minutes. Also available as an Imigran Nasal Spray for those who don’t want to swallow tablets.
Rizatriptan: You can also buy Rizatriptan at Express Pharmacy. It is one of the most affordable migraine tablets around and works in the same way as the above treatments. Also available as Rizatriptan Orodispersible.
Zomig: Zomig Nasal Spray is similarly effective to Imigran and Sumatriptan. It is ideal for those who would rather not swallow tablets.
Maxalt Melt: Maxalt Melt is the branded version of Rizatriptan Orodispersible. It provides fast and reliable migraine relief.
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