Your Online Medical Consultation

ABOUT YOU AND YOUR SYMPTOMS

Have you previously been diagnosed with migraine by a GP and been prescribed Triptan medication?

Do medications containing triptans help relieve your migraine headache?

When taking Triptan medication in the past, have you ever experienced any of the following?

  • Dizziness
  • Flusing
  • Pain, heaviness, pressure, or tightness in the chest/throat
  • Palpitations (feeling that the heart is racing)
  • Rash
  • Rise in blood pressure
  • Weakness
  • Worsening nausea/vomiting

Do you suffer from migraines for more than 10 days a month

Have your migraines changed, gotten worse or become more frequent recently?

Have you ever experienced any of the following symptoms when you suffer from a migraine?

  • Clumsiness, uncoordinated movement
  • Drowsiness
  • Double vision
  • Headache limited to the back of the head
  • Rash with your headache
  • Tinnitus (hearing high pitched ringing)
  • Seizures
  • Weakness in an arm or leg or both on only one side of the body

ABOUT YOUR HEALTH

Do you have any other allergies to any medication or substances?

Such as to triptan medication e.g. (Sumatriptan, almotriptan, eletriptan, frovatriptan, naratriptan, rizatriptan or zolmitriptan)

Answer ‘no’ if this does not apply to you

Are you taking any medication, or have you recently finished a course of medication?

Such as:

  • Other migraine medications
  • Acute antibiotic treatment (antibiotic course needs to be completed at least 72 hours before taking a triptan)
  • Antifungals (e.g. Ketoconazole, Itraconazole)
  • Cimetidine (for indigestion or stomach ulcers)
  • MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors) (such as Mocobemide, Phenelzine, Isocarboxazid and Tranylcypromine)
  • Propranolol
  • Reboxetine, Tryptophan or Flupentixol
  • Selegiline
  • SNRIs used to treat depression (such as. Duloxetine, Dapoxetine, Venlafaxine and Mirtazapine)
  • SSRIs, usually used to treat depression (such as Citalopram, Escitalopram, Fluoxetine, Fluvoxamine, Paroxetine, Sertraline and Priligy)
  • St John’s Wort
  • The combined oral contraceptive pill (not the progesterone only mini pill)

This includes medication prescribed by your doctor, bought in the pharmacy or online, herbal supplements, recreations drugs

This includes tablets, patches, inhalers, injections, contraception and all other forms of medication

Answer ‘no’ if this does not apply to you

Do you suffer from any other medical problems?

Such as:

  • Epilepsy or fits
  • Ischaemic Colitis
  • Kidney problems
  • Liver problems
  • Stroke or a mini-stroke (also called a transient ischaemic attack or TIA)
  • Heart disease (such as heart attack, angina, irregular heart rhythm etc)
  • High blood pressure
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (cramp like pain when walking due to poor circulation)
  • Previous blood clots, such as in Gastrointestinal or Splenic system

This also includes previous admissions to the hospital or any surgeries

Answer ‘no’ if this does not apply to you

Do you have a family history of any medical conditions?

Do any medical conditions run in the family? Such as heart problems, diabetes, blood disorders etc?

Answer ‘no’ if this does not apply to you

Are you pregnant or breast feeding, think you may be pregnant or planning to have a baby?

IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO KNOW

I am aware that, in very rare cases, people have developed heart problems from using Triptan medication. The risk is greater in men aged over 40, women who have been through menopause, smokers, individuals using nicotine replacement therapy.

I am aware that if I feel pain or tightness in my chest after using this medication and the pain does NOT pass quickly or becomes severe I will seek immediate medical help.

I understand that using this medication too frequently can make my migraine headaches worse.

AGREEMENT

We strongly recommend that you inform your GP of any treatment you receive. Would you like e-Surgery to do this in your behalf?

Please write the name of your GP surgery below if you want us to let them know.

This will ensure that any new medication started by your GP will not interact with this treatment.

Answer ‘no’ if you do not want us to inform your GP

I agree to the following

  • I am 18 years of age or older
  • This treatment is for my use only
  • I confirm that I have understood all the questions asked and have answered all questions to the best of my knowledge.
  • I have read the patient information leaflet supplied with this medication
  • I will contact e-Surgery and inform my GP if I experience any side effects from this treatment or if there are any changes to my health
  • I have answered all questions truthfully and accurately.

I have read, understood and agree to abide by terms and conditions and privacy policy and cookie policy of e-Surgery

What is this?

Your answers form the basis of your medical consultation. It is important you are open and honest, so our doctors can ensure this medication safe and effective for you

Sumatriptan (Generic Imigran)

Sumatriptan is a medication used to treat migraines. It belongs to a class of drugs called triptans, which work quickly to counteract the symptoms of a migraine. They work best when taken at the first sign of a migraine attack.

Please choose your desired strength and quantity below, fill out our short 2 min questionnaire and one of our GPs will make sure the treatment is safe for you to take. All prices include the issue of a private prescription fulfilled by our pharmacy.

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Important Facts About Sumatriptan

Most frequent questions and answers about Sumatriptan for treating migraines

Sumatriptan is a form of medication of the triptan class, which are used to treat migraine attacks. 

 

Sumatriptan tablets are used to treat migraines. They work by widening blood vessels in the head to relieve symptoms of a migraine attack. 

Sumatriptan tablets only treat an active migraine and cannot prevent an attack.

No, Sumatriptan can only treat current migraine attacks – Sumatriptan tablets do not prevent the onset of an attack. 

You can NOT take Sumatriptan if:

  • You are allergic to any of the ingredients
  • You have heart problems
  • You have circulation problems
  • You have had a stroke
  • You have high blood pressue
  • You have a serious liver disease
  • You are using other migraine medication 
  • You are taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors 

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Sumatriptan if:

  • You are a heavy smoker
  • You are over 40
  • You have been through menopause
  • You have a history of fits
  • You are allergic to sulphonamides
  • You are taking serotonin inhibitors
  • You are taking St John’s wort

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding you should ask your doctor for advice before taking Sumatriptan tablets. 

Don’t breast-feed your baby for 12 hours after using Sumatriptan. If you express milk during this time, discard the milk and don’t give it to your baby.

As with any form of medication, Sumatriptan tablets have side effects. For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of Sumatriptan.  Below are a few of the common side effects of taking Sumatriptan tablets:

  • Tight chest
  • Feeling/being sick
  • Tiredness
  • Dizziness
  • Hot flushes
  • Temporary increase in blood pressure
  • Shortness of breath
  • Aching muscles

For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of Sumatriptan.

Keep Sumatriptan tablets out of the sight and reach of children.

Do not take Sumatriptan tablets after the expiry date, which is stated after EXP on the carton.

Sumatriptan does not require any special storage conditions.

Do not throw away Sumatriptan tablets via wastewater or household waste. If you are unsure how to throw away medicines you no longer use, ask your pharmacist.

Click here for a PDF copy of the patient information leaflet

Learn More About Migraines

Most frequent questions and answers about migraines

A migraine is a severe form of headache, that can often cause nausea and vomiting. These headaches come in episodes and between attacks, the symptoms completely go.

The cause of migraines are not fully understood. Headaches are often thought to be caused by narrowing of blood vessels in the brain, followed by dilating soon afterwards. A chemical cause is also a recently explored cause. 

There is most likely a genetic factor involved in developing migraines. 

There are a variety of treatments available for migraines, and you should consult with your doctor to discover the best treatment for yourself.

The most common forms of medication include painkillers and triptans. 

Paracetamol and aspirin are both common painkillers used to treat migraines. 

Triptans are used to narrow blood vessels and manage chemicals released during a migraine attack.

Migraine attacks can have a series of symptoms. These can include:

  • Headache starting on one side of the head
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Bright lights/loud noises hurting
  • Blurred vision
  • Poor concentration
  • Stuffy nose
  • Diarrhoea
  • Tummy pain
  • Passing lots of urine
  • Going pale
  • Sweating

Migraine attacks may occur for no apparent reason, but others can be caused by specific triggers.

Dieting too fast, eating lots of certain foods or not drinking enough water can all cause headaches. Other triggers can include smoky environments, VDU screens, loud noises or strong smells. Psychological triggers can consist of depression, anxiety, anger etc. Some medications can increase the risks of migraine attacks, such as the contraceptive pill

Migraine attacks have four phases:

  1. Premonitory phase – Can last for a few hours or days, and may feel irritable, depressed or tired.
  2. Aura phase 
  3. Headache phase
  4. Resolution phase

Headaches can last 4-72 hours, depending on the severity of the attack. 

Diagnosis of migraines is usually through the typical symptoms, as there is no specific test to confirm migraines. 

Non-typical headaches usually require some form of testing to rule out other causes.

A silent migraine is a type of migraine that gives all of the symptoms apart from the actual headache itself. 

Cluster headaches are a series of short, but extremely painful headaches for a long period of time. These usually also occur at the same time each year.

A tension headache is the most common type of headache. These can be individual cases or episodic, and are the most common type of headache.

Migraine aura is a name given to the symptoms that occur before or during a migraine headache. 

Menstrual migraine occur in women around the time of her period. 

Abdominal migraine occurs mainly in children, and consists of painful abdominal pain. Often this switches to a regular migraine upon becoming a teenager.

Ocular migraine causes the temporary loss of vision, with or without a headache. 

Hemiplegic migraines are rare, and include paralytic like symptoms along with a headache. 

Vestibular migraine causes repeated episodes of severe dizziness. 

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