Imigran Nasal Spray
Imigran nasal spray works to provide relief to the symptoms of an acute migraine attack.
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What is Imigran Nasal Spray?
Imigran nasal spray is prescribed to provide relief to the symptoms of a migraine attack. It is not to be used for the prevention of future migraine attacks. It may also be used for other types of migraine headaches.
How does Imigran Nasal Spray work?
Sumatriptan is the active ingredient in Imigran Nasal Spray. It works by narrowing the blood vessels in the brain that has become widened, providing relief to the symptoms of a migraine attack. Imigran Nasal Spray is to be administered at the first sign of the symptoms of a migraine headache. It may also be used at any time during a migraine attack. Imigran Nasal Spray should not be used before a migraine attack. It does not prevent future occurrences of a migraine attack.
How do I use Imigran Nasal Spray?
Strictly follow the instructions of your doctor on the use of Imigran Nasal Spray. It will help also if you will first read the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with your medicine package when you fill up your prescription. If there is anything that is not clear on the use of the nasal spray, ask your doctor.
It is best to use Imigran Nasal Spray when:
- A migraine headache begins
- Other symptoms of a migraine begin, such as vomiting, nausea, or your eyes becoming sensitive to light.
Each Imigran nasal spray is a single dose of sumatriptan. The spray is composed of three parts:
- The finger grip - This is to be gripped with your thumb when spraying
- The nozzle - this is the part that should be inserted into your nostril
- The blue plunger - To be pressed in order to release the dose of medicine.
Before using the spray, blow your nose gently. Hold the sprayer between your fingers and thumb, but make sure to not press the plunger at once.
Use your other hand to block one nostril by firmly pressing on the side of the nose.
Put the tip of the sprayer into your other nostril as far as it feels comfortable. Keep your head upright and your mouth closed. Be careful not to spray the medicine into your eyes.
Breathe in gently through your nose and press the plunger firmly at the same time.
Keep your head level and remove the tip from your nose.
If your first dose of Imigran Nasal Spray provides relief for your migraine, but a migraine comes back later, you may use another spray, but you must wait at least two hours between using the first and second doses of this medication. Do not use more than 40 mg of Imigran Nasal Spray in any 24-hour period.
If the first spray of the medication did not provide any relief, do not use a second Imigran Nasal Spray or any other form of Imigran. You may take other painkillers as long as they do not contain methysergide or ergotamine. If you are not sure what step to take, ask your doctor.
If your migraine does not get any relief from Imigran Nasal Spray, you may use this medication on another occasion to treat another migraine attack. You can use Imigran Nasal Spray to treat at least three separate migraine attacks before you and your doctor can decide that this medication is not effective for you.
How do I buy Imigran Nasal Spray online?
You can safely buy Imigran Nasal Spray online at Cloud Pharmacy. You will first need to have an online consultation with our medical doctor before your order will be supplied. The online consultation will ensure that Imigran Nasal Spray is the right medication for your medical condition.
What is A Migraine?
Migraines generally start as a dull ache and then develop into a throbbing and pulsating constant pain that you will likely feel at the temples as well as the front or back of both sides of your head. The pain usually comes with bouts of nausea, vomiting and hypersensitivity to light and sound. Prior to a migraine attack, some people will experience something called an aura (about 25% of people who suffer from migraines).
What Causes Migraines?
The cause of mingraines is stilll somewhat ambiguous however it is believed to be caused by a chemical reaction in the brain which leads to constriction of certain vessels, triggering the headache. There is thought to be both environmental and genetic factors which influence who gets migraine as well as susceptibility to migraine attacks.
How Do I Treat Migraines?
Migraines can be treated using a variety of techniques, however unfortunately, there is no cure for migraines. The most common way to deal with migraines is to use a particular class of medcations known as triptans. Triptans are used to treat the acute migraine symptoms. However there are some prophylactic/preventative treatments that can be take for the treatment of migraine such as propranolo and topiramate.
What is A Migraine Aura?
Around 20-25% of people who suffer from Migraine will likely have an aura prior to the migraine itself. An aura can be described as varying intensities of certain neurological symptoms that act as a 'warning sign' to tell you that you are about to have a migraine. An aura can manifest as you seeing wavy or jagged lines, dots or flashing lights- this often described as a chemical or electrical wave that moves accross the visual cortex. Auras can also lead to you having tunnel vision or blind spots in one or both eyes. There are other symptoms associated with a migraine aura such as auditory/visual hallucinations, changes in small (phantom smells), numbness, pins and needles or speech disturbances.
Can The Weather Affect Migraines?
For some people, weather changes can cause an imbalance in neurotransmitters and chmicals in the brain such a sereotning (5-HT), which can lead to more frequent migraines. Bright sunshine as well as hot and humid conditions may lead to your migraines being triggered. Some studies have shown that low barometric pressure can act as a trigger for migraines for some people.
What is A Migraine Trigger?
Migraine triggers vary person to person; something that affects one person may not affect the other. Surveys, diary studies and clinical trials have inidicated that stress, menstrual cycle changes, weather changes, sleep disturbances, alcohol, and other foods are among the most common factors mentioned when it comes to triggering a migraine. To help prevent migraines it is important to keep a diary of when you have a migraine attack. This allows for you to pin-point what may be causing your migraine and therefore drastically reducing your chance of getting a migraine.
Am I More Likely to Get A Stroke if I Suffer From Migraine?
Migraines are generally considered a relatively benign neurological condition. However, research has shown an association between migraines and stroke, and especially between migraine with aura and ischaemic stroke. Patients can also suffer from migrainous infarction (blood clot), a subset of ischaemic stroke that often occurs in the posterior circulation of younger women. The exact origina of migrainous associated infarction is not known, but it is theorised that the duration and local neuronal energy level from cortical spreading depression may be a prime factor.
Is There A Link Between Hormonal Changes and Migraine?
Horomones are proteins that are responsible for the regulation and overall biochemical function of our body to allow for complete balance and homeostasis as your environment changes. If you have a hormonal imbalance in your body during menopause, pregnancy or mestruation it can lead to a migraine attack.
What Medications Can Be Used to Treat The Acute Symptoms of Migraine?
Acute medications are used to treat the pain of the headache after the migraine has started. Examples of acute migraine medications are some NSAIDS (ibuprofen/diclofenac/naproxen), ergots (ergotamine) and triptans (sumatriptan/rizrtriptan/zolmitriptan)
How Can I learn More About Migraines?
There are a variety of resources available to learn about migraines online. We have summarised the most reliable sources on our cloud pharmacy blog: Migraines: More Than Just A Headache
Like other medications, Imigran Nasal Spray can cause some unwanted side effects. However, if the side effects occur, they are likely to be minor and temporary, although some of them may be serious that will require medical attention.
Report to your doctor if you experience any of the following after using Imigran Nasal Spray:
- Shaking or tremors
- Pain in the lower tummy and bloody diarrhoea
- Problems with the eyesight
- Nasal bleeding
- A feeling of dizziness, tiredness, or sleepiness
- Flushing, pain, or tingling in any part of the body
- Nausea or vomiting
- A change in the blood pressure
- Feeling of faintness
- Irritation or burning in the nose or throat
- Uncontrolled movements
- Shortness of breath
Inform your doctor immediately, or seek emergency medical attention and stop using Imigran Nasal Spray if you:
- Have persistent purple discolouration or pain in the fingers, ears, nose, jaw, or toes in response to cold
- Feel heaviness, pressure, or tightness in any part of the body, particularly the chest or throat
- Feel irregular heartbeats
- Have a fit or convulsion
- Have wheezing, hay fever, swelling of the lips/mouth, hives, difficulty in breathing, or fainting. These could be symptoms of an allergic reaction.
These side effects are serious. It is necessary that you seek medical attention straight away.
Report to your doctor any side effects that could be associated with your use of Imigran Nasal Spray.
You should not use this medication if:
- You have a liver problem
- You have heart problems or have a history of a heart attack
- You get an allergic reaction to any of the inactive ingredients
- You have ever had a stroke or a mini-stroke
- Your blood pressure is high
- You currently take another form of medication for a migraine that contains triptans, methysergide or ergotamine.
You should be extra careful with this nasal spray if:
- You are taking SSRI antidepressants
- You have a history of seizures
- You are a heavy smoker
- You have a liver or kidney disease
If you are pregnant or suspect you may be pregnant, consult your doctor before using Imigran nasal spray. You should not breastfeed your baby for 12 hours after using this spray.
Some drugs should not be taken alongside Imigran nasal spray. You should always inform your doctor of your medical history and any medications you might be taking before you start using Imigran nasal spray. Tell your doctor if you are currently taking:
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors antidepressants
- Other migraine medicines that contain ergotamine, methysergide, triptans, or receptor agonists
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or serotonin noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors antidepressant medicines
- St. John’s Wort