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What is Zolmitriptan?

Zolmitriptan is commonly sold under the brand name Zomig, among others. It is a selective serotonin receptor agonist of the 1B and 1D subtypes, and is a member of the triptan class of drugs.

What is Zolmitriptan used to treat?

Zolmitriptan tablets are sold as an acute treatment for migraine attacks.

It is available to buy online at Medicine Direct in packets of either 6 tablets or 12 tablets.

Migraines are believed to be caused by the widening of blood vessels in your head; a migraine treatment like Zolmitriptan is thought to reduce the widening of the blood vessels, thus helping to relieve the pressure and alleviate the symptoms associated with migraines, including nausea, dizziness and headaches.

Who can take Zolmitriptan?

Zolmitriptan is an effective medication to treat migraine symptoms, but it may not be suitable for everyone to use.

You should not take Zolmitriptan if:

  • You are allergic to Zolmitriptan or any ingredients in the medication
  • You have high blood pressure
  • You have or have ever had heart problems, including a heart attack and angina, or have ever had any symptoms of a heart problem, like tightness in the chest or shortness of breath
  • You have liver problems
  • You are at risk of heart disease
  • You have headaches that differ to the usual ones brought on by migraines
  • You have Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome
  • You are taking any medicine to treat depression
  • You have had a stroke or exhibited symptoms similar to those of a stroke
  • You are taking any other medicines to treat a migraine (see the Warnings and Drug Interactions tab for the full list of medicines that interact with Zolmitriptan)

If you have any questions or concerns, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before you start to take the medication.

Possible side effects

As with all medicines, taking Zolmitriptan comes with the risk of certain adverse effects, although not everyone will suffer from them.

Some side effect symptoms might be a result of the actual migraine itself.

Common reactions to this medication include:

  • Headaches
  • Dry Mouth
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Muscle pain or muscle weakness
  • Stomach pain
  • Tingling in your fingers or toes
  • Your skin becoming sensitive to touch
  • Feeling weak
  • Feeling sick or being sick
  • Feeling sleepy or dizzy
  • Feeling warm
  • Uneven heartbeat
  • Heaviness, tightness, pressure or pain in the neck, throat, chest, arms or legs

Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if any of these effects worry you or don't go away.

Please note, this list is not exhaustive; for the full list of effects, please refer to the Side Effects tab on this page. Always read the patient information leaflet for a comprehensive list of information.

Zolmitriptan Dosage

Always make sure you take this medication exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.

Zolmitriptan tablets should be swallowed whole with a drink of water. The tablets can be taken with or without food.

You can take Zolmitriptan tablets as soon as you start to suffer a migraine attack.

You can take a second dose after two hours if your migraine symptoms have not got any better or come back. Do not take more than two doses in a single 24 hour period. The maximum daily dose of Zolmitriptan is 10mg (2 5mg tablets).

If this medication does not provide effective relief from your condition, go back to your doctor, who may prescribe a different course of treatment for you to try.

Zolmitriptan FAQ's

How does Zolmitriptan work?

Zolmitriptan is part of a group of medicines known as triptans. It provides effective relief from a migraine attack by reducing the widening of the blood vessels, relieving the pressure and alleviating the pain and symptoms associated with migraines.

How do I buy Zolmitriptan online?

This medicine is available to buy online when you have a prescription from your doctor. You can order either 6 tablets or 12 tablets from Medicine Direct via our online pharmacy. After an online consultation with one of our certified doctors, you can place your order. If you order online before 2pm, we are able to offer next day delivery.

What are the alternatives to this medication?

There are several different medications used to treat the symptoms of a migraine. You should speak to your pharmacist about the possible alternatives.

How do I use Zolmitriptan?

Take Zolmitriptan at the onset of a migraine. If your symptoms do not go away or come back, you can take another dose after two hours. You should not take more than 2 5mg tablets in a 24 hour period.

Zolmitriptan Side Effects

The common side effects of taking Zolmitriptan can be found on the main product page.

In rare cases, you may experience more serious adverse reactions. If you notice any of the below symptoms, you should stop taking Zolmitriptan and seek medical attention straight away:

  • Spasms of the blood vessels in the gut – symptoms include stomach pain or diarrhoea
  • Bleeding in the brain or a stroke
  • Angina (pain in the chest or shortness of breath)
  • Very fast heartbeat
  • Urinating more often or not urinating at all
  • Higher blood pressure

In some cases, you may experience a severe allergic reaction to these tablets and require immediate treatment in hospital.

You should call 999 or go to A&E immediately if you experience any of the below symptoms:

  • Swelling of the throat, lips, mouth, face or tongue
  • You are wheezing
  • You have a skin rash that is itchy, red, swollen, blistering or peeling
  • Tightness in the chest or throat
  • You are finding it difficult to breathe or speak

Always read the patient information leaflet for the full list of side effects. If you have any concerns, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before you take Zolmitriptan.

Zolmitriptan Warnings and drug interactions

Zolmitriptan may interact with other medicines.

Before you take Zolmitriptan, you should inform your doctor and pharmacist of any other medicine you are currently using. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medicines, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.

You should make sure your doctor and pharmacist is aware if you are taking any of the following:

  • Any medicines to treat depression
  • Serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
  • Cimetidine
  • Any quinolone antibiotics

If you take any other triptans to treat a migraine or any other conditions, leave at least 24 hours before you take Zolmitriptan. Similarly, after taking Zolmitriptan, leave at least 24 hours before you take any other triptans.

After you take Zolmitriptan, wait at least 6 hours before you take any ergotamine or ergot-type medicines.

You should not drive or operate machinery if you feel dizzy or sleepy as a result of taking this medicine.

If you have any questions or concerns at all, do not hesitate to speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

There is not sufficient research to say that this medication is completely safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you are currently pregnant, think you might be pregnant or are trying to get pregnant, you should inform your doctor before you start to take Zolmitriptan.

Similarly, if you are currently breastfeeding you should let your doctor know, as small amounts of the medicine can get into your breast milk and be passed onto the baby.

Zolmitriptan Ingredients

The active ingredient contained in this medicine is zolmitriptan.

This medicine also contains: lactose, microcrystalline cellulose, sodium starch glycolate (Type A), magnesium stearate.

Tablet coating: hypromellose (E464), titanium dioxide (E171), polydextrose, talc, maltodextrin, medium chain triglycerides, iron oxide yellow (E172) and iron oxide black (E172).

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