Sumatriptan shortage?

Hi. Is anyone else having problems getting a prescription for sumatritan 100mg fulfilled? I been on these for the last 10 years and they work well but 2 weeks ago when I went to collect a repeat prescription the pharmacist said I could only have 4 out of the 12 prescribed as there is a national shortage (??) and he couldn't get any more.

This afternoon I contacted my doctor's to ask for a different prescription so I could maybe get the sumatriptan somewhere else or have naratriptan instead, which I have had in the past. I was told to tell the pharmacy that they have accepted the prescription so must fulfill it. Pharmacist said he will phone me when he's spoken to the doctor. Meanwhile I feel like the meat in their sandwich and I'm fast running out of tablets for my chronic daily migraines.

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  • Hi ME65...I've just picked up 12 without issue. Maybe you can try the injections if you haven't already tried them.

    Rizatriptan is another option although I'm sure you know this.

    Good luck

  • Thank you for your reply Callie. Maybe I need to change to a different pharmacy. Will be on the phone to the doctor's on Monday as I've heard nothing from the pharmacist.

    Determined to stay calm!

  • Yeah definitely stay calm can't risk it. I'm in Scotland not sure if that makes a difference.

    Good luck 😁

  • Hi, same-ish thing for me (Scotland) I get a combination of Rizatriptans and the Sumatriptan nasal spray on prescription for chronic daily migraine. Start of this week I only received 2 out of the 6 sprays from the pharmacy due to "problems with supply" & although they're trying to source the additional 4 - nothing so far. Was getting bit concerned, so good call (thanks!) on perhaps seeing if I can get a fresh script for the injection one till whatever is going on is resolved!

  • That's me now having issues getting sumatriptan the pharmacy confirmed stock issues 😢 i can still get injections for the moment.

  • Put your foot down about an alternative. I use Rizatriptan, which is excellent.

    However I'm concerned if you are using a triptan that regularly. If I use one on more than a couple of occasions in a month, I get overuse headaches. These are really insidious as you think the medicine is helping but it's actually causing them and you feel that you are dependant on it to manage.

  • Apparently the triptan injections are very expensive so may not be easy to get prescribed.

  • There is also sumatriptan nasal spray and zomatrptan nasal spay as an alternative ? Good luck xx

  • I've had no problem here in Bournemouth, UK. Sumatriptan is now available from several producers (not just as Imigran) so I wonder if your pharmacist is really looking hard enough to get what you need. Maybe he has a regular and inexpensive supplier and doesn't want to change to another.

  • Thanks to all of you for replying. I am in the Bristol area and use a tesco pharmacy as it's the most convenient. Meanwhile I have been given a script for 18 of the 50mg sumatriptan but will ask for the stronger ones as soon as they are available again.

    Thanks for your concern Paul. I am aware of rebound and sometimes I do have to have a couple of days of just putting up with a background headache but it's always clear for me when it's a real migraine.

    Love and best wishes to all.

  • That is so frightening. I take Rizatriptan also. I never get enough anyway. If what you say is going to be true for everyone, I am scared!

  • I have had no problem getting Sumatriptan pills and Rizatriptan pills. I was using the Sumatriptan nasal spray, and it has been unavailable for a month or more. (I am in the US)

  • My OH visited 2 pharmacists (1 independent and a city centre Boots) this morning after my supply ran out and was told by both that there is a national shortage. NHS has some supplies but these are limited. I am into day 7 of post-op migraine and took my last tab 12 hours ago in an attempt to break this bout of status migrainosus. It worked...for a few hours. 😕 I have loads of paracetamol and codeine from the hospital but it is going to be an ever decreasing MOH circle if I am not careful, and as I have had brain surgery I need to be in a position to know what is causing the head as far as possible. Has anyone tried the online pharms yet?

  • Hi everyone,

    This afternoon I phoned Glaxosmithcline who market sumatriptan as Imigran. Apparently there was a problem with the supply of the active ingredient and at the moment supplies are still limited but not totally exhausted. The problem is now solved and 100mg tablets should be fully available by the end of next week.

    Meanwhile if any of you are desperate (malalatete) phone your doctor's surgery. The on-call doctor should be able to give you a script for the 50mg tabs or another triptan, if necessary in another form e.g. spray, to tide you over.

    We could have done without this added stress but hey-ho that's life I guess.

    Love and best wishes to all followers and migraineurs.

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