Newest Review: ... for me, they only happened about once a year but when you are at a station alone at 11pm, four hours from home and that one migraine ... more
How did I manage before?
Member Name: best_deal_hunter
Advantages: They work - what more can I say?!
Disadvantages: Price, some minor side-effects
I honestly don't know how I managed before Imigran!
I have suffered with frequent migraine for years - thankfully not the visual disturbance kind, and went through a wide range of treatments - preventative and painkilling. None really solved the problem - and I seemed to experience the full range of side-effects with them too!
When Imigran first came on the scene, various friends raved about it so I asked the doctor for some. What a revelation! If I take one at the onset of what I can tell is going to be a real nasty, within half an hour my head's back to normal. Best taken early on, but I still find they work on me even when it's a full-blown migraine. I do get side-effects - some nausea and a definite 'floaty' feeling - but nothing major, and so much better than the throbbing agony that's the alternative!
The drug is sumatriptan, and the main thing to note is that it's not a painkiller. It works by widening blood vessels, so it removes the cause of the pain rather than masking it. What this means in practice is that if your headache is not a migraine then these will not work!
I get mine on prescription, but I have used the over-the-counter ones when I've run out (always seems to happen over a bank holiday weeked or similar!) You have to fill in a form so the pharmacist can check they are suitable. You also only get two - and they are half the strength of my prescription so I have to take both, which make over-the-counter a very expensive alternative. (I've seen them priced anything up to £8 and always more than £5.) I really can't understand why anyone would buy them this way unless they've run out of their prescription, or they want to try them once before asking the doctor for them. There are various types available now too, so if one doesn't suit others might. For example, I get a version which acts faster (called Imigran Radis) - it does work faster but I'm more likely to get the side-effects and also more likely to need to repeat the dose the next day. Worth it to me for the speed it gets to work though!
So, I'd definitely 100% recommend these, but would also advise getting them on prescription if you need them regularly, unless you've got a lot more money than me ;-)
Summary: Best migraine treatment I've ever tried (and I've tried a lot!)
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