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Imigran is a well-known branded medication used to provide fast-acting relief from migraines. Containing the active ingredient Sumatriptan, Imigran can ease the pain of a migraine in just 30 minutes.

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What is Imigran?

Imigran is an effective migraine relief medication, containing the active ingredient sumatriptan succinate. This belongs to a class of medications known as the triptans, which are used to relieve symptoms more effectively than standard over-the-counter painkillers.

While painkillers like Paracetamol and Ibuprofen work to temporarily mask the pain of headaches and migraines, triptans work by reversing the changes in the brain that can cause migraines and tension headaches, relieving symptoms more effectively and efficiently.

Migraines are identifiable by a throbbing pain in the front or side of the head, and they affect huge numbers of people on a daily basis. Even though the source of a migraine is often hard to pinpoint, Imigran can provide fast-acting relief.

Why Imigran?

It is thought that the symptoms of a migraine may be due to a temporary widening of the blood vessels in the brain, causing intense pressure. Imigran works by stimulating your serotonin receptors in the brain. This causes the blood vessels to contract, reversing the pressure and treating the pain associated with migraines.

Some of the benefits of using Imigran as migraine relief medication include:

Significant reduction in the pain of your migraine

Removal of pressure associated with migraine pain

Reduced sensitivity to aspects such as noise, light and neck stiffness

Imigran tablets are non-addictive and easy to consume. They are suitable for anybody over the age of 18 suffering with migraines.

How to use Imigran

Imigran should be taken in either 50mg or 100 mg doses, either six times a day or three times a day respectively. You must wait at least two hours between doses and never exceed more than 300mg of Imigran in a 24 hours period. Only take a second dose if the first dose does not alleviate your symptoms or if your headache comes back.

Imigran is not affected by food, so you can take it with or without food alongside it. If your first dose has absolutely no effect on your symptoms, do not take another dose for the same migraine. Instead, contact your pharmacist or GP for further advice.

When to use Imigran

Imigran and other triptan medications are useful when everyday painkillers have not been effective and when migraines occur less frequently than ten episodes a month.

The medication should be taken on the onset of a migraine to reduce symptoms as quickly as possible. It should not be taken before symptoms have presented themselves as Imigran is not a preventative medication.

Choosing strength

It is advisable to start taking Imigran at a dosage strength of 50mg. If necessary, the dose can be doubled. If you feel that this dose is not sufficiently controlling your migraine symptoms, you might be in need of the 100mg dose of Sumatriptan.

If you are unsure, you can contact our Patient Support Team on 0208 123 0703 or by emailing us at help@expresspharmacy.co.uk.

Side Effects

Like many prescription medications, Imigran can cause side effects. Not everybody will experience these side effects, and they are usually mild to moderate and improve relatively quickly on their own.

Common side effects of Imigran can include:

  • A tightness in the chest, sometimes heavy or painful
  • A sore throat
  • Unusual sensations such as numbness, tingling, warmth or chill
  • Fatigue and dizziness

Although these are considered common side effects, they will still only affect less than one in ten people. Rarer side effects of Imigran may include nausea and drowsiness.

For further information on the side effects of triptan medications like Imigran, consult the patient information leaflet.


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Patient Information

Before taking any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet. You can find the information by searching for your treatment on Medicines.org.uk.

If you have any questions about your treatment please refer to Medicines.org.uk or contact us.

Imigran 50mg Patient Information Leaflet

Imigran 100mg Patient Information Leaflet

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