Questions and answers

Is Imigran on PBS Australia?

Is Imigran on PBS Australia?

Glaxo’s antimigraine drug Imigran (sumatriptan) has been rejected for inclusion into the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme on the grounds of its cost.

Do I need a script for Imigran?

As of February 1, patients can buy sumatriptan (Imigran) and zolmatriptan (Zomig) from their pharmacist without a prescription – providing they have “a stable, well-established pattern of symptoms”.

Is Semaglutide on the PBS?

From 1 July the medicine Ozempic® (semaglutide) will be listed on the PBS as a new treatment option for type 2 diabetes. In 2019, over 40,000 patients accessed a comparable treatment for this chronic condition through the PBS and will now be eligible for this treatment option.

How long does Imigran spray take to work?

The medicine is absorbed into the bloodstream through the blood vessels lining the nose and starts to work within about 15 minutes. It may be particularly useful for people who feel sick or vomit during their migraine attack, as it is not taken by mouth.

How does sumatriptan injection work?

Sumatriptan is a headache medicine that narrows blood vessels around the brain. Sumatriptan also reduces substances in the body that can trigger headache pain, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and other migraine symptoms.

Can I take Panadol with Imigran?

Patients who do not respond to the prescribed dose of Imigran should not take a second dose for the same attack. In these cases the attack can be treated with paracetamol, acetylsalicylic acid, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Imigran may be taken for subsequent attacks.

Does Imigran increase blood pressure?

Imigran may cause short lived elevation of blood pressure and peripheral vascular resistance. Sumatriptan should therefore be administered with caution to patients with controlled hypertension. Transient increases in blood pressure and peripheral vascular resistance have been observed in a small proportion of patients.

Who is eligible for PBS medicines?

Who is eligible for the PBS? The Scheme is available to all Australian residents who hold a current Medicare card. Overseas visitors from countries with which Australia has a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement (RHCA) are also eligible to access the Scheme.

Is Insulin covered by PBS?

Current PBS restrictions (abridged) Metformin, sulfonylureas, acarbose and most insulins have unrestricted PBS listings. Insulin detemir has a restricted benefit listing for type 1 diabetes.

Who should not take sumatriptan?

do not take sumatriptan if you have taken any of the following medications in the past 24 hours: other selective serotonin receptor agonists such as almotriptan (Axert), eletriptan (Relpax), frovatriptan (Frova), naratriptan (Amerge), rizatriptan (Maxalt), or zolmitriptan (Zomig); or ergot-type medications such as …

How long does sumatriptan injection take to work?

Imitrex tablets typically start to work within 30 minutes, while the nasal spray can start to work in about 15 minutes. Both forms can take up to 2 hours to have their full effect. The Imitrex injection can start working within 5 to 10 minutes. It usually reaches its full effect within 1 hour.