Zolmitriptan

Description

Zolmitriptan is used to reduce the symptoms of migraine headaches. It inhibits the substances that cause headaches and sensitivity to sound and light. It does not help in the prevention and reduction of frequent attacks of a migraine headache.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Zolmitriptan

  • Chest pain
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling of warmth or heat
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Itching
  • Numbness
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Unusual tiredness and weakness

Uses of Zolmitriptan

What is it prescribed for?

  • Migraine
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The time until which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendency has been reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. Discuss all the risks and benefits with your doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. Discuss all the risks and benefits with your doctor before taking this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to zolmitriptan.

Cardiovascular Disease

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known history of cardiovascular diseases due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Uncontrolled hypertension

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a history of uncontrolled hypertension due to the increased risk of a very high blood pressure.

Peripheral vascular diseases

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known history of peripheral vascular diseases due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known history of Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome due to an increased risk of disturbances of the cardiac rhythm.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. Discuss all the risks and benefits with your doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. Discuss all the risks and benefits with your doctor before taking this medicine.
General warnings

Arrhythmias

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known history of Arrhythmias due to the increased risk of worsening of the condition.

Chest, throat, and neck tightness

This medicine should be used with caution due to an increased risk of side effects such as tightness of chest, throat, and neck. Any such symptoms should be reported to the doctor on priority. Close monitoring of heart function is recommended during treatment with this medicine. Your doctor may prescribe an alternative medicine based on your clinical condition.

Medicine overuse

Zolmitriptan should not be overused. Overuse of this medicine may cause worsening of the headaches. This medicine should be used exactly as prescribed.

Missed Dose

If a dose of Zolmitriptan is missed, take the dose as soon as you remember it. If it is almost the time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Fluoxetine

Ondansetron

Sertraline

Almotriptan

Nefazodone

Disease interactions

Coronary Artery Disease

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known history of coronary heart diseases due to the increased risk of serious and life-threatening reactions.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take Zolmitriptan exactly as instructed by the doctor. Do not take larger amounts than prescribed. Seek emergency medical treatment in case of any severe side effects. Ensure that the course of treatment is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

May cause sleepiness

How it works
Zolmitriptan works by constricting the dilated blood vessels in the brain. It also helps in stopping the pain signals from being sent to the brain and blocking the release of natural substances which cause pain.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Antimigraine agents

Schedule

Schedule H

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https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/10839

DailyMed - ZOMIG- zolmitriptan spray, metered [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2017 [cited 2 August 2017]. Available from:

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Prescribing medicines in pregnancy database [Internet]. Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). 2017 [cited 2 August 2017]. Available from:

http://www.tga.gov.au/prescribing-medicines-pregnancy-database

Zolmitriptan - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2017 [cited 2 August 2017]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00315

Zolmitriptan: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2017 [cited 2 August 2017]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a601129.html

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Information on this page was last updated on 8 Aug 2017

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