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Migraine Treatment

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Migraines are a common condition affecting over 8.5 million people in the UK. They are characterised by a combination of symptoms typically including a severe throbbing headache at the front or one side of the head, heightened sensitivity to bright light and loud sounds, nausea, and vomiting.

Around one in five women experience migraines compared to approximately one in every fifteen men, and the majority of people will have their first migraine before the age of 40.

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Sumatriptan is a fast acting antimigraine medication medically equivalent to Imigran but a lower price

from £1.42

Imigran contains the active substance sumatriptan to effectively treat migraines

from £1.42

Zolmitriptan is a fast acting medicine recommended for menstrual migraines

from £2.33

A fast and effective treatment for migraines medically equivalent to Maxalt but a lower price

from £2.83

Zomig is branded Zolmitriptan and comes in the form of tablets, orodispersible and a nasal spray

from £5.42

Imigran Nasal Spray contains sumatriptan, which is a fast acting treatment for migraines

from £8.33

Maxalt is available as a tablet or a melt containing rizatriptan to treat migraines

from £7.08

What causes migraines?

Scientific research has yet to ascertain the precise cause of migraine headaches but it is thought that they are induced by the vessels in the brain dilating temporarily.

For some, migraines can be induced by stress, anxiety, sleep deprivation, shock, exhaustion, or poor posture. Other triggers include extreme stimulation of the senses, certain foods such as alcohol and cheese, and specific medications. Sometimes auras (signs such as seeing light-flashes, zigzags, waves, or stars) will precede a migraine as a warning.

What are the different types of migraines?

There are three distinct types of migraines:

  • Migraines with aura - ‘classic migraine’, warning signs of visual distortions
  • Migraine without aura - there is no warning
  • Migraine with aura but no headache - only other symptoms like nausea

How long do migraines last?

Migraine headache symptoms and duration vary from person to person, usually lasting between 4 to 72 hours.

What treatments are available for migraines?

There are several antimigraine cures, from painkillers such as paracetamol and aspirin to stronger 5HT-receptor agonist medication (‘triptans’), to which Sumatriptan and Zolmitriptan belong. While the painkillers work to block the sensation of pain, the triptan drugs tackle the root of the problem and contract the temporarily swollen vessels of the brain. Not only does this relieve the pain; it also removes the nausea and other symptoms associated with migraines.

Which migraine treatment is right for me?

It depends on the severity and regularity of your migraines. You may find some medicines are more effective than others and some can be taken with or without migraine auras. We recommend that you consult your GP if you are uncertain.

What is the difference between migraines and headaches?

A headache is usually characterised by a dull pain on both sides of the head and can remain from 30 minutes to several days. On the other hand, a migraine is normally associated with further symptoms including nausea, a severe throbbing pain to the front or one side of the head, vomiting and sensitivity to light. They can persist longer than tension headaches; up to 72 hours.

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