SUMATRIPTAN 20MG NASAL SPRAY
Active substance(s): SUMATRIPTAN / SUMATRIPTAN / SUMATRIPTAN
These effects may be intense but they usually pass quickly. If they don’t pass quickly, or they become
→ Get medical help immediately. Section 4 of this leaflet has more information about these
possible side effects.
Imigran® 20mg Nasal Spray / Sumatriptan 20mg Nasal Spray
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
Other medicines and Imigran nasal spray
Your medicine is available using the names Imigran 20mg Nasal Spray / Sumatriptan 20mg Nasal
Spray but will be referred to as Imigran nasal spray throughout this leaflet.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you’re taking, have recently taken or might take any other
medicines. This includes any herbal products or medicines you’ve bought without a prescription.
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it
contains important information for you.
Some medicines must not be taken with Imigran nasal spray and others may cause adverse effects if
they’re taken with Imigran nasal spray. You must tell your doctor if you are taking:
ergotamine also used to treat migraine, or similar medicines such as methysergide (see Section
2). Don’t use Imigran nasal spray at the same time as these medicines. Stop taking these
medicines at least 24 hours before using Imigran nasal spray. Don’t take any medicines which
contain ergotamine or compounds similar to ergotamine again for at least 6 hours after using
Imigran nasal spray.
other triptans/5-HT1 receptor agonists (such as naratriptan, rizatriptan, zolmitriptan), also
used to treat migraine, (see Section 2). Don’t use Imigran nasal spray at the same time as these
medicines. Stop taking these medicines at least 24 hours before using Imigran nasal spray. Don’t
take another triptan/5-HT1 receptor agonist again for at least 24 hours after using Imigran nasal
SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) or SNRIs (Serotonin Noradrenaline Reuptake
Inhibitors) used to treat depression. Using Imigran nasal spray with these medicines can cause
serotonin syndrome (a collection of symptoms which can include restlessness, confusion, sweating,
hallucinations, increased reflexes, muscle spasms, shivering, increased heartbeat and shaking).
Tell your doctor immediately if you are affected in this way.
MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors) used to treat depression. Don’t use Imigran nasal spray if
you have taken these in the last 2 weeks.
St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum). Taking herbal remedies that contain St John’s Wort
while you are using Imigran nasal spray may make side effects more likely.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others – it may harm them,
even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet.
What is in this leaflet
1. What Imigran nasal spray is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use Imigran nasal spray
3. How to use Imigran nasal spray
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Imigran nasal spray
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT IMIGRAN NASAL SPRAY IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Each Imigran nasal spray contains a single dose of sumatriptan, which belongs to a group of
medicines called triptans (also known as 5-HT1 receptor agonists).
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Imigran nasal spray is used to treat migraine headache.
Migraine symptoms may be caused by the temporary widening of blood vessels in the head. Imigran
nasal spray is believed to reduce the widening of these blood vessels. This in turn helps to take away
the headache and relieve other symptoms of a migraine attack, such as feeling or being sick (nausea
or vomiting) and sensitivity to light and sound.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU USE IMIGRAN NASAL
Driving and using machines
Don’t use Imigran nasal spray:
If you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your
doctor for advice before taking this medicine. There is only limited information about the safety of
Imigran nasal spray for pregnant women, though up till now there is no evidence of any increased
risk of birth defects. Your doctor will discuss with you whether or not you should use Imigran nasal
spray while you are pregnant.
Don’t breast-feed your baby for 12 hours after using Imigran nasal spray. If you express
any breast milk during this time, discard the milk and don’t give it to your baby.
If you’re allergic to sumatriptan, or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
(listed in section 6).
If you have a heart problem such as narrowing of the arteries (Ischaemic heart disease) or
chest pains (angina), or have already had a heart attack.
If you have circulation problems in your legs that cause cramp-like pains when you walk
(peripheral vascular disease).
If you have had a stroke or a mini-stroke (also called a transient ischaemic attack or TIA).
If you have high blood pressure. You may be able to use Imigran nasal spray if your high blood
pressure is mild and is being treated.
If you have serious liver disease.
With other migraine medicines, including those which contain ergotamine, or similar medicines
such as methysergide or any triptan/5-HT1 receptor agonist (medicines which are also used for
With anti-depressants called MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors), or if you have taken
these medicines in the last 2 weeks.
If any of these apply to you:
→ Tell your doctor, and don’t use Imigran nasal spray.
Either the symptoms of migraine or your medicine may make you drowsy. If you are affected, don’t
drive or operate machinery.
3. HOW TO USE IMIGRAN NASAL SPRAY
Only use Imigran nasal spray after your migraine headache begins
Don’t use Imigran nasal spray to try to prevent an attack.
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if
you are not sure.
There’s a step-by-step guide to using the spray at the end of this section.
How much to use
Adults aged 18 to 65
The usual dose for adults aged 18 to 65 is one Imigran 20mg spray into just one nostril. But
one Imigran 10 mg spray into one nostril is enough for some people.
Don’t use more than two sprays in 24 hours.
Adolescents aged 12 to 17
The usual dose for adolescents aged 12 to 17 is one Imigran 10 mg spray into one nostril.
Take special care with Imigran nasal spray
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Imigran nasal spray:
Children under 12
Imigran nasal spray is not recommended for children under 12 years old.
If you have any extra risk factors
If you are a heavy smoker, or are using nicotine replacement therapy, and especially
If you are a man aged over 40, or
If you are a woman who has been through the menopause.
Older people (aged over 65)
Imigran nasal spray is not recommended for people aged over 65.
In very rare cases, people have developed serious heart conditions after using Imigran nasal spray,
even though they had no signs of heart disease before. If any of the points above applies to you it
could mean you have a greater risk of developing heart disease – so:
→ Tell your doctor so that your heart function can be checked before Imigran nasal spray is
prescribed for you.
When to use Imigran nasal spray
It’s best to use Imigran nasal spray as soon as you feel a migraine coming on, although it
can be used at any time during an attack.
If your symptoms start to come back
If you have a history of fits (seizures)
Or if you have other conditions which might make it more likely that you’ll have a fit – for example, a
head injury or alcoholism.
→ Tell your doctor so that you can be supervised more closely.
You can use a second Imigran nasal spray after 2 hours, but don’t use more than two sprays in
If the first spray has no effect
If you have liver or kidney disease
→ Tell your doctor so that you can be supervised more closely.
Don’t use a second spray, or any other Imigran preparation for the same attack. If Imigran
nasal spray doesn’t give you any relief:
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
If you use more Imigran nasal spray than you should
If you are allergic to antibiotics called sulphonamides
If so, you may also be allergic to Imigran nasal spray. If you know you are allergic to an antibiotic but
you are not sure whether it is a sulphonamide:
→ Tell your doctor or pharmacist before using Imigran nasal spray.
Don’t use more than two Imigran nasal sprays in 24 hours.
Using too much Imigran nasal spray could make you ill. If you have used more than two sprays in
→ Contact your doctor for advice.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or
If you are taking anti-depressants called SSRIs
(Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) or SNRIs (Serotonin Noradrenaline Reuptake Inhibitors)
→ Tell your doctor or pharmacist before using Imigran nasal spray. Also see Other medicines
and Imigran nasal spray, below.
If you use Imigran nasal spray frequently
Using Imigran nasal spray too often may make your headaches worse.
→ Tell your doctor if this applies to you. He or she may recommend you stop using Imigran nasal
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Step-by-step guide to using your Imigran nasal spray
Other common side effects include:
Don’t open a blister until you are ready to use a spray. Each spray is sealed in a blister to keep it
clean and safe. If you carry a spray without a blister, or in an open blister, it may not work properly
when you need it.
Each spray contains just one dose of Imigran nasal spray. Don’t press the plunger too soon or
you will lose the dose.
Imigran nasal spray has three parts:
Very rare side effects
The part that you put into your nostril.
The spray comes out of a tiny hole in the top.
(affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
Liver function changes. If you have a blood test to check your liver function, tell your doctor or
nurse that you are using Imigran.
Some patients may have the following side effects but it is not known how often
Hold this when you use the spray.
The blue plunger
Press this to spray the whole dose into your nostril in one go.
This only works once – don’t press the plunger until you have put
the nozzle into your nostril or you will lose the dose.
How to use the nasal spray
Remove the nasal spray from the blister packaging just before
you want to use it.
Get into a comfortable position. You may prefer to sit down.
Blow your nose if it feels blocked, or if you have a cold.
Hold the nasal spray gently with your fingers and thumb, as
shown in picture A.
Don’t press the blue plunger yet.
Block one nostril by pressing a finger firmly on the side of
your nose. It doesn’t matter which nostril you choose.
Put the nozzle of the nasal spray into the other nostril,
as far as feels comfortable - about 1 cm or 1/2 inch (picture
B). Breathe out gently through your mouth. Hold your
head upright and close your mouth.
Start to breathe in gently through your nose.
As you breathe in:
Press the blue plunger firmly with your thumb.
The plunger may feel a bit stiff and you may hear it click.
Keep breathing in while spraying (picture C).
Remove the spray and remove your finger from the
side of your nose. Keep your head upright for 10-20
seconds, breathing gently in through your nose and out
through your mouth. This helps the medicine stay in your
nose. Your nose may feel wet inside and you may notice a
slight taste after using the spray - this is normal and will
Your nasal spray is now empty. Throw it away safely and hygienically.
4. POSSIBLE 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.
Seizures/fits, tremors, muscle spasm, neck stiffness.
Visual disturbances such as flickering, reduced vision, double vision, loss of vision, and in some
cases even permanent defects (although these may be due to the migraine attack itself).
Heart problems, where your heartbeat may go faster, slower or change rhythm, chest pains
(angina) or heart attack.
Pale, blue-tinged skin and/or pain in your fingers, toes, ears, nose or jaw in response to cold or
stress (Raynaud’s phenomenon).
Feeling faint (blood pressure may go down).
Pain in the lower left side of the stomach and bloody diarrhoea (ischaemic colitis).
Pain in the joints.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any side effects
not listed in this leaflet.
5. HOW TO STORE IMIGRAN NASAL SPRAY
Irritation or burning sensation in the nose or throat; nose bleeds.
Feeling sick (nausea) or being sick (vomiting), although this may be due to the migraine itself.
Tiredness or drowsiness.
Dizziness, feeling weak, or getting hot flushes.
Temporary increase in blood pressure.
Shortness of breath.
Keep out of the sight and reach of children. A child may be harmed by medicine prescribed for
You may wish to carry the Imigran nasal spray with you in case of a migraine attack.
Keep it away from heat and out of light, which could spoil it.
Do not store above 30°C. Do not freeze.
If they are kept warmer than this for more than 24 hours it could spoil them.
Your nasal spray should be kept in the sealed blister pack, preferably in the box, to protect from
Do not use Imigran nasal spray after the expiry date printed on the pack label but return it to your
pharmacist. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
If your doctor stops your treatment, do not keep any left over nasal spray unless your doctor tells
you to. Return any unused nasal spray to your pharmacist for safe disposal.
If your medicine appears to be discoloured or show any other signs of deterioration, take them to
your pharmacist who will advise you
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how
to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Imigran nasal spray contains
Each pre-filled nasal spray device contains 20mg of the active ingredient sumatriptan in 0.1ml of
The other ingredients are: potassium dihydrogen phosphate, dibasic sodium phosphate anhydrous,
sulphuric acid, sodium hydroxide and purified water.
What Imigran nasal spray looks like and contents of the pack
Imigran nasal spray is a clear pale to dark yellow liquid, in glass vials in a single dose nasal spray
device, which consists of a blue plastic holder and a grey nose piece.
Each pack contains 2 or 6 nasal spray devices.
Manufactured by: GLAXOSMITHKLINE MANUFACTURING S.P.A., Parma, Italy.
Procured from within the EU and repackaged by: Doncaster Pharmaceuticals Group Ltd., Kirk Sandall,
Doncaster, DN3 1QR.
Product Licence holder: BR Lewis Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Kirk Sandall, Doncaster, DN3 1QR.
Adverse events reported in adults have also been observed in adolescents. These include very rare
reports of heart attacks.
PL No: 08929/0384
Allergic reaction: get doctor’s help straight away
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The following side effects have occurred but their frequency is not known.
The signs of allergy include rash, hives (itchy rash); wheezing; swollen eyelids, face or
lips; complete collapse.
If you get any of these symptoms soon after using Imigran:
→ Don’t use any more. Contact a doctor straight away.
Very common side effects
(affect more than 1 in 10 people)
Please be ready to give the following information:
Imigran 20mg Nasal Spray / Sumatriptan 20mg Nasal Spray
Leaflet revision & issue date (Ref): 20.05.13
Imigran® is a registered trademark of GlaxoSmithKline group of companies.
Common side effects
(affect up to 1 in 10 people)
Heaviness, pressure, tightness or pain in the chest, throat or other parts of the body, or
feelings of unusual sensations, including numbness, tingling and warmth or cold. These effects
may be intense but generally pass quickly.
If these effects continue or become severe (especially the chest pain):
→ Get medical help urgently. In a very small number of people these symptoms can be caused by
a heart attack.
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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