Sumatriptan
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Sumatriptan Tablets

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Medication features

  • Migraine Treatment
  • Maximum 2 doses in 24 hours
  • For that previously prescribed sumatriptan
  • The generic version of Imigran

NOTE: After requesting this medication, you will need to complete a short assessment, so our GP or Pharmacist can assess if the treatment is suitable for you. Pricing is provided as a reference only. The final decision on issuing this medication remains with our GP / Pharmacist.

Overview

Order Sumatriptan Migraine Tablets Online

You can order Sumatriptan tablets from our UK registered online pharmacy and doctor service. No prescription is required, however, you will need to complete an online assessment so our doctors can issue a prescription to our pharmacy. If the doctors approve your order, a prescription is passed to our pharmacy, who will then dispense and dispatch your medication.

We have checked our prices against our competitors and are amongst the cheapest online for all treatments. There are no prescription fees and no delivery charges on orders over £35.

What is Sumatriptan?

Sumatriptan is a medication used to treat migraine symptoms. If used quickly, it can help alleviate the symptoms before they become severe and many people find it far more effective than traditional painkillers for migraine headaches.

Sumatriptan belongs to a family of medicines called triptans. Triptans are a second-line treatment for migraines. They are used when traditional painkillers (e.g ibuprofen, paracetamol) are not effective at treating your migraine.

How does it work?

The cause of migraines is not well known but it is thought to involve temporary changes in the nerves and blood vessels of the brain. Triptans like sumatriptan seem to work to reverse these  temporary changes in the brain. They are thought to work by causing a narrowing of the blood vessels of the brain, which may swell during a migraine.

You can visit the NHS website for information about migraine triggers.

Dose

You should take sumatriptan exactly as your doctor has told you. 

Sumatriptan works best if taken when you feel the onset of a migraine. It should not be taken before the migraine, during the aura stage. A second tablet may be taken 2-3 hours after your first dose if you have noticed an improvement in your symptoms. You should not take more than 2 tablets in a 24 hour period.

Sumatriptan is available as Sumatriptan 50mg tablets or Sumatriptan 100mg tablets. People who try the 50mg tablets and find them ineffective may find the 100mg dose is more effective. It can begin to relieve migraine symptoms within 30 minutes of taking a dose.

Alternatives

The mainstay of migraine treatment is pain-killing medications such as Aspirin (Anadin Extra), Paracetamol or Ibuprofen. Sometimes taking painkillers too often can cause medication-overuse headaches. Feeling sick is common in migraine sufferers and anti-sickness medication can be used to relieve those symptoms.

Other medicines such as amitriptyline and propranolol are sometimes used to prevent migraines in people who suffer from them often.

At Simple Online Pharmacy, our doctors are able to prescribe other triptans for migraines:

We also offer triptans in the form of nasal sprays and tablets that disperse on the tongue.

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FAQ

What is Sumatriptan?

Sumatriptan is a medication used in the treatment of migraine. It belongs to a family of medicines called triptans. Triptans are a second-line treatment for migraines. They are used when traditional painkillers (e.g ibuprofen, paracetamol) are not effective at treating your migraine.

What does Sumatriptan do to the brain?

Triptans seem to work to reverse temporary changes in the brain caused by a migraine. It is thought to work by causing a narrowing of the blood vessels of the brain, which may swell during a migraine.

What are the side effects of Sumatriptan?

Some common side effects include:

  • Nausea and vomiting (may be related to the migraine)
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Feeling hot or cold
  • Tingling or tightness in your face, arms, legs or chest
  • Flushing of the face
  • Unusual feelings of heaviness in your arms, face, chest or legs

If you experience tingling or feelings of heaviness after taking sumatriptan, stop taking it and tell your doctor straight away. These sensations do not usually last for a long time but if they do seek medical attention immediately. The patient information leaflet contains further information on side effects.

What can sumatriptan be used for?

It can be used in the treatment of diagnosed migraine attacks. It can also be used to treat acute cluster headaches.

Can you take Paracetamol with Sumatriptan?

Yes, you can take a painkiller like paracetamol if your sumatriptan dose is not effective.

Can I buy Sumatriptan over the counter?

Yes, it is now available to purchase from pharmacies without a prescription for those previously diagnosed with migraine. It can also be prescribed online by our UK registered doctors.

Is Sumatriptan available on the NHS?

Yes, you can be prescribed Sumatriptan on the NHS via your local GP.

Who should not take Sumatriptan?

Sumatriptan should not be taken by people in the following circumstances:

  • If you have liver disease
  • If you have high blood pressure
  • If you have fits or seizures
  • If you have had a stroke or transient ischaemic attack
  • If you have ever had an allergic reaction to sumatriptan or any of the ingredients
  • If you have circulation problems in your legs (peripheral vascular disease)
  • If you have had a heart attack, heart rhythm problems, angina or ischaemic heart disease

People who take certain medicines (e.g MAOI antidepressants) should not take sumatriptan. More interacting drug information can be found in the patient information leaflet.

How long does Sumatriptan last?

After the first dose of sumatriptan, it should take effect within two hours. If the migraine improves but returns, a second dose can be taken after 2 hours.

  • What is Sumatriptan?

    Sumatriptan is a medication used in the treatment of migraine.

  • How does Sumatriptan work?

    Sumatriptan works in the brain to reverse the dilation of the blood vessels which is seen during a migraine attack. This can hep relief the pain associated with migraine attacks.

  • What is the dosage of Sumatriptan?

    Sumatriptan comes in 50mg or 100mg tablets. You should take ONE tablet as soon as you feel a migraine coming on-this is the most effective way of taking it. You can, however, take them at any point during an attack if you do not have them to hand when your migraine starts.

    If your symptoms return, you can take another tablet after 2 hours. If the first dose was not effective, do not take another tablet and speak to your doctor ot pharmacist on advice on what to do now. You must not take any more than 300mg of Sumatriptan in 24 hours.

  • What are the side effects of Sumatriptan?

    Common side effects include:

    Pain, heaviness, pressure or tightness in the chest, throat or other parts of the body, or unusual sensations, including numbness, tingling and warmth or cold. These effects may be intense but generally pass quickly

    Please see the patient information leaflet for a full list of these side effects.

     

  • What can sumatriptan be used for?

    Sumatriptan can be used in the treatment of diagnosed migraine attacks.

  • Can you take paracetamol after taking sumatriptan?

    Yes, you can take a pain killer like paracetamol if your sumatriptan dose is not effective.

  • Is sumatriptan over the counter?

    Yes, sumatriptan is now available to purchase from pharmacies without a prescription for those previously diagnosed with migraine.

  • Is Sumatriptan available on the NHS?

    Yes, you can be prescribed Sumatriptan on the NHS via your local GP. 

Side Effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, but not everybody gets them. Some symptoms may be caused by the migraine itself. Please see the patient information leaflet for a full list of these side effects.

Some common sumatriptan side effects include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling hot or cold
  • Flushing of the face
  • Nausea and vomiting (may be related to the migraine)
  • Tingling or tightness in your face, arms, legs or chest
  • Unusual feelings of heaviness in your arms, face, legs or chest pain

If you experience any feelings of tingling, pressure or tightness after taking sumatriptan stop taking it and tell your doctor straight away. These sensations do not usually last for a long time but if they do seek medical attention immediately.

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Info Leaflet

You can read the patient information leaflet for Sumatriptan online, at medicines.org.uk

Warnings

Other conditions and Sumatriptan

Sumatriptan should not be taken by people by people with the following medical conditions or circumstances:

  • If you have had a heart attack, heart rhythm problems, angina or ischaemic heart disease
  • If you have had a stroke or transient ischaemic attack
  • If you have high blood pressure
  • If you have liver disease
  • If you have fits or seizures
  • If you have circulation problems in your legs (peripheral vascular disease)
  • If you have ever had an allergic reaction to sumatriptan or any of the ingredients

You should tell your doctor if you have any of the above. Check the patient information leaflet for further information.

Interactions with other medicines

The patient information leaflet contains a full list of medicines that can interact with sumatriptan. Examples include:

  • Antidepressants called MAOIs
  • Other triptans

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