How to use Imigran nasal spray
Before using the Imigran nasal spray, read the enclosed leaflet carefully.
There are two strengths available: the 10mg strength is often prescribed for adolescents (12-17 years of age) and some adults find this strength works well for them too. The higher 20mg strength is the usual strength prescribed for adults.
For adults, the dose is one spray (20mg) into ONE nostril, as soon as possible after your migraine headache starts. However, it can still be effective if you take it at a later stage of the headache.
A second dose can be used if you have another headache, but do not use more than one dose per migraine attack. The second dose should not be used within two hours of the first one, and don’t use more than two doses (40mg) in any 24-hour period.
Is Imigran nasal spray suitable for me?
Imigran nasal spray, like all medicines, should be used with caution or would not be recommended in certain circumstances. Examples include people over the age of 65, and people who have now (or who have had in the past) heart problems – this covers stroke, transient ischaemic attack, angina, heart attack, or high blood pressure. Other situations include people with either liver or kidney problems, or those who suffer from allergies to any of the active or inactive ingredients.
Imigran nasal spray may not be a suitable treatment for those who suffer from a high-risk factor of heart conditions. This includes heavy smokers or users of nicotine replacement therapies, especially when they are women who have been through the menopause or men above the age of 40.
During your consultation, it is important to make us aware of any other medicines you are taking, either from your doctor or purchased from a pharmacy without a prescription. Imigran nasal spray may cause problems if taken with other medicines, including certain medicines for migraines (methysergide, ergotamine, other triptans), some antidepressant medicines (MAOIs, as well as SSRIs and SNRIs, which may also be prescribed for anxiety), or St John’s Wort supplements.
If you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant, or are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed, please mention it in the consultation.
Tell the online doctor if you notice the nasal spray isn’t having an effect on your symptoms, because a different treatment might be better.
Give a full picture of your general health in the consultation, so the doctor has all the information required to assess the suitability of Imigran nasal spray for you.
What are the side effects of Imigran nasal spray?
Imigran nasal spray can cause side effects, just like all medicines can, however, not everybody will get them.
Common side effects include an unpleasant taste (due to the nasal administration), flushing of the face, dizziness, tiredness, shortness of breath, and your blood pressure briefly rising when the treatment is started. Other symptoms from Imigran include nausea and vomiting, aches and pains in your muscles, feelings of heaviness, heat or cold, or pressure or tightness (usually temporary and at the beginning of treatment).
Suffering from diarrhoea, neck stiffness, and sweating are seen as less common side effects. Stop using Imigran nasal spray and talk to your doctor if you experience any persistent troubles.
Please read the patient information leaflet provided in the pack before starting any course of treatment. The leaflet can also be viewed online here