Migraleve tablets come in two colours – pink & yellow. They’re often recommended to patients that suffer with migraines in order to combat pain and nausea associated with the condition.
When you take Migraleve, it can help to reduce the symptoms of a current migraine headache, but unfortunately, can’t prevent future attacks. However, other medications are available that might help to reduce the amount of migraine headaches you experience overall.
Migraleve is a popular treatment amongst those that suffer with migraines, partly due to the fact that it’s easily available from most pharmacies without a prescription. However, it isn’t recommended to take Migraleve for more than 3 consecutive days, so if you frequently experience migraine headaches, it’s a good idea to speak to your own GP about longer-term medications that might be able to improve your condition.
Whilst Migraleve tablets can help many with their migraine pain, it might not be suitable for some people with certain health conditions. This is because the medicines used in Migraleve may make some conditions worse. If you have any of the following health problems, you should speak to your doctor before you buy Migraleve, as they may advise against it, recommend another treatment, or monitor you more closely:
- Migraines that haven’t been diagnosed by a GP
- Allergy to paracetamol, codeine or buclizine
- Recently developed shallow breathing
- Bowel obstruction or other bowel problem
- Head injury or raised pressure in your skull
- You metabolise codeine into morphine very quickly
- Liver or kidney disease
- Alcoholic liver disease or alcoholic dependence
- Closed angle glaucoma
- Difficulty urinating or inability to urinate
- Prostate disease
- You suffer from fits
- Asthma, breathing problems or lung disease
You may also be advised against taking Migraleve if you’ve taken any other painkillers within the last 4 hours, or if you’re taking any other products containing paracetamol.
Pink Migraleve tablets contain the equivalent of 500mg paracetamol, 8mg codeine phosphate, and 6.25mg of buclizine hydrochloride.
Paracetamol is the most common painkiller and is an incredibly well-tolerated drug, whilst codeine belongs to the opiate family of medicines and also works to reduce pain. However, because of the way codeine works in your body, it can cause addiction if it’s taken often or for long periods of time, so it’s important to stay aware of this when taking Migraleve.
Buclizine, which is the third active ingredient in Migraleve pink tablets, is an anti-sickness drug, which makes Migraleve an ideal medication for those that also experience nausea alongside their migraine headaches.
Migraleve yellow tablets don’t contain any buclizine. However, they do contain the same amounts of paracetamol and codeine as the pink tablets do. The purpose of the yellow Migraleve tablets is mostly to relieve pain, as they don’t contain an anti-sickness agent like the pink tablets do. However, they can be useful if the pain from your migraine persists after a few hours. It’s important to know the difference between Migraleve pink and yellow tablets, as getting them mixed up can be dangerous.
Migraleve tablets are available to buy separately in packs of yellow or pink, or also as Migraleve complete – a box that contains both pink and yellow tablets. It’s up to you as to which way you prefer to buy Migraleve. Some people find that Migraleve complete is all they need for one migraine, whilst others find that they have too many pink tablets left over after their migraine has gone.
Doctor4U offers all types of Migraleve available, making it easy for you to purchase what you need after completing a short consultation form.
Migraleve side effects
Although Migraleve is available over the counter, it still contains multiple types of medication, which can all cause adverse effects, especially if not taken properly. Despite the fact that Migraleve is generally well-tolerated, some people do find that they experience side effects.
Some of the most common Migraleve side effects include:
- Red or flushed face
- Dry mouth
- Increased sweating
- Feelings of happiness
Most people that experience side effects when taking Migraleve find that they’re only mild, or easy to deal with. However, if any of the side effects are uncomfortable or severe, you should stop taking Migraleve and speak to your GP about alternative medications.
In some rare cases, Migraleve may provoke an allergic reaction. If this happens to you, you should seek urgent medical help without taking any more tablets.
You may be more at risk of experiencing side effects if you take any medicines which are known to interact with Migraleve. Whilst not all of them can give you an increased risk of adverse effects, taking any of the following medicines alongside Migraleve can be dangerous, and should be avoided unless your own GP advises you otherwise. Known interactions include:
- Muscle relaxants
- Antimuscarinic drugs
- General anaesthetics
- Other opiates
- Treatments containing paracetamol or codeine
If you take any of the above medications, you should seek your own doctor’s advice before you buy Migraleve.
It’s important to make sure that you aren’t taking any other medications that contain paracetamol, as many popular cold and flu remedies include it as a painkiller. Always check the ingredients of your other medications, whether they’re prescribed or not.
How to take Migraleve
Migraleve tablets are colour-coded so that it makes it easier for you to know how to take them. When you first notice signs of an oncoming migraine, you should take two of the pink Migraleve tablets. These are the tablets that contain buclizine as well as the pain relieving medicines, paracetamol and codeine.
If your migraine symptoms are still present after 4 hours, you can then take two of the yellow migraleve tablets. You can then take 2 yellow tablets every 4 hours after this until your symptoms subside. However, you shouldn’t ever take more than two pink tablets and six yellow tablets in any 24 hour period.
Migraleve is only intended to be used for three days, so if your symptoms persist after this amount of time, you should make an appointment to speak to your own GP for advice, as you may need to take an alternative treatment to feel better.
Most people that take Migraleve find that their symptoms don’t last longer than 3 days, but it’s important to monitor your symptoms to make sure that they follow the same pattern as your other migraines. If your symptoms differ at all or are worse than previous migraine headaches, you should contact your GP for advice.
Can you take Migraleve when pregnant?
The patient information leaflet that comes with Migraleve states that you should check with your doctor before taking any of the medication if you are pregnant. Our doctors aren’t able to prescribe Migraleve to pregnant women due to the risks involved, so we advise anyone that’s pregnant to make an appointment with their own GP to discuss how to manage their migraines for the time-being.
Breastfeeding mothers should not take Migraleve, as some of the medication can be transmitted via breast milk to your baby. If you are breast feeding, you should talk to your doctor about alternative medications that you might be able to take for migraines. Otherwise, you may be able to use previously expressed milk to feed your child whilst you have a migraine. This is something that you should discuss with your doctor and/or health visitor so that you can do whatever is most comfortable for you.
Do you need a prescription for Migraleve?
Migraleve is available to buy over the counter in most pharmacies, meaning that you don’t need a prescription to buy it. However, you’ll still need to answer questions from a pharmacist to make sure that it’s safe for you to take. This is because Migraleve contains the opiate codeine.
You should always answer the pharmacist’s questions as truthfully as you can, making sure to disclose any other medicines that you might already be taking.
Migraleve is also available without a prescription from Doctor4U. However, you’ll still need to answer some questions, just like you would in a pharmacy. This is for patient safety reasons and to make sure that you aren’t taking any medication that could be harmful to you.
Migraleve is available in the UK from many pharmacies, as well as online from reputable websites such as Doctor4U. When you buy Migraleve or any other medicines online, you should always look for the MHRA logo that should say “click to verify if this website is operating legally”. Ours can be found in the footer of our website. This means that Doctor4U is licensed to sell healthcare products and medicines online, legally and safely. All medications that you buy from us are regulated to the highest UK standards, as is our partner pharmacy who dispense and ship your medicine.
It’s fast, safe and simple to buy Migraleve online. Simply choose whichever type of Migraleve you’d like, and answer some short questions from our healthcare team before checking out. Doctor4U offers next-day delivery as an option if you order before 2pm Monday-Friday, meaning that your treatment can be with you as fast as possible – something that’s important when it comes to your health.
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