- Used to treat migraines
- Relieves painful symptoms
- Helps with nausea and sensitivity to light and sound
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What is Zomig?
Zomig works to relieve the throbbing pain that comes when you suffer a migraine headache. It can also help with other migraine symptoms, such as nausea.
It is safe to be taken by adults over 18 years old.
What is Zomig used to treat?
Zomig is a commonly prescribed migraine treatment.
Zomig is most effective if taken at the initial onset of a migraine attack. However, it will still work to relieve symptoms if taken later on during an episode.
This medication should not be taken to prevent migraines from coming on; it should only be taken to relieve attacks as they happen.
How does Zomig work?
It is believed that a migraine attack happens when the blood vessels in your head swell. Zomig works by reducing the widening of the blood vessels, relieving the effects associated with a migraine including headaches, nausea and sensitivity to light and sound.
Zolmitriptan stops pain signals being sent to the brain, it also prevents the release of natural substances created by the body that cause pain, nausea and other symptoms of a migraine.
How to take Zomig
For the most effective relief from migraine pain, take Zomig as soon as you start to get a migraine headache. You can also take it after a migraine attack starts.
Swallow one tablet whole with a drink of water.
If you are still in pain or if your migraine comes back, a second tablet can be taken after two hours.
Tell your doctor if your medicine does not seem to be working.
Do not take more than 10mg a day. Do not take more than two doses in one day unless your doctor tells you to.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions on how to take Zomig. Read the patient information leaflet for comprehensive instructions.
Who can take Zomig?
Zomig is an effective treatment for migraine attacks, but it is not a suitable medicine for everyone to take.
You should speak to your doctor before you use Zomig if you have any of these conditions:
- You have high blood pressure
- You have an allergy to zolmitriptan or any of the other ingredients in this medicine
- You are taking any medicines to treat depression
- You have or have ever had heart problems (such as a heart attack, heart disease, angina), or any heart-related symptoms (such as shortness of breath or tightness in the chest)
- You are taking any other migraine treatments, whether prescribed or not
- You have liver problems
- You have or are at risk of getting ischaemic heart disease
- You are suffering from headaches that are more severe or different to the ones you usually get during migraine attacks
- You smoke, have high cholesterol or diabetes
If you need to go to hospital for any reason, you should inform the hospital staff that you are using Zomig.
This medicine is only suitable for adults aged 18 and over.
This list is not exhaustive. Please see the patient information leaflet, which will come with your medication, for complete details on why Zomig tablets might not be suitable for you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Can you buy Zomig over the counter?
No, you cannot buy Zomig without having a prescription from your doctor.
Can you buy Zomig online in the UK?
Zomig is a prescription-only medicine (POM). To buy Zomig online from Medicine Direct, you will first need to answer some questions in our simple online consultation questionnaire. Your answers will be assessed by one of our registered prescribers to make sure it is suitable for you to take.
If you place your order by 2pm, next day delivery is available on your medication.
You should never order any type of medicine online unless it is from a pharmacy that is regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), like Medicine Direct. This guarantees your safety in purchasing approved and safe medication.
If Zomig is not suitable for you, we stock many alternative medicines to treat migraine headaches. Aside from Zomig, we also sell generic Zolmitriptan, which you can purchase after completing a confidential online questionnaire for one of our registered prescribers to assess. Additionally, we sell other triptan medicines, including Almotriptan and Sumatriptan tablets, which get to work the same way as Zolmitriptan.
Alternatively, you could opt for a non-prescription alternative, such as Migraleve Pink. Containing paracetamol, codeine and buclizine, these tablets work to relieve the pain caused by migraines, as well as other symptoms like nausea and dizziness.
Anadin Extra caplets can also be bought from our pharmacy. Anadin Extra contains paracetamol and aspirin to provide comprehensive pain relief. It also contains caffeine to make sure the medicine gets to work straight away.
View our full range of migraine treatments on the condition page.
Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Zomig.
You should always make sure you take Zomig exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before taking it.
Zomig tablets should be swallowed whole and taken with a glass of water. It can be taken with or without food.
You can take Zomig as soon as the symptoms of a migraine attack start.
You can take a second dose after two hours if your migraine symptoms do not disappear, or if they come back.
The maximum dose is 10mg each day (2 5mg tablets). Do not take more than two doses of Zomig in a 24 hour period, unless instructed to do so by your doctor.
You should go back to your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, they may prescribe you a different migraine treatment.
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Zomig Side Effects
The common side effects associated with taking this medicine can be found on the main product page.
In rare cases, it is possible that you might experience more serious side effects while using Zomig.
You should stop taking the medicine and seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of these reactions:
- Bleeding in the brain
- Spasm of the blood vessels in the gut – this can damage your gut (symptoms include bloody diarrhoea and/or stomach pain)
- Angina, heart attack, spasm of the heart's blood vessels (signs include chest pain and shortness of breath)
- Increased heartbeat
- Needing to urinate more or less frequently
In some instances, you may suffer a severe allergic reaction to the medicine. If you have any of the below symptoms, you should call 999 or go to A&E immediately; you may require immediate treatment in hospital:
- You are wheezing
- You have a skin rash that is red, blistering, itchy, peeling or swollen
- You are finding it difficult to breathe or talk
- You have swelling in the throat, tongue, face, lips or mouth
- You have tightness in the chest or throat
This list may not be exhaustive; you should refer to the patient information leaflet that will come with your medicine for a comprehensive list of undesired effects.
Zomig Warnings and drug interactions
Other drugs may interact with Zomig and hinder its effectiveness.
You should always make your doctor and pharmacist aware if you are taking any of these medicines:
- Any medication to treat depression
- Any quinolone antibiotics (such as ciprofloxacin)
- Any medicine or remedy that contains St. John's Wort
If you are already taking any other triptans, you should stop taking them at least 24 hours before you use Zomig. Similarly, after you take Zomig, you should wait a minimum of 24 hours before taking any other triptan medicine.
Wait at least 6 hours after taking Zomig if you need to take any ergotamine or ergot-type medicines.
Please note, you should always inform your doctor of any medicine you are currently using before taking a new prescription drug. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medicines, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements. Speak to your pharmacist for more information.
Always make sure you read the information leaflet that comes with your medicine.
Never purchase medicine online unless it is from a registered online pharmacy, such as Medicine Direct.
If you have any questions or concerns at all, do not hesitate to speak to your doctor or pharmacist for more information, before you start to use Zomig.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
There is insufficient evidence to prove either way as to whether Zomig is dangerous to use during pregnancy. For this reason, you should make sure you inform your doctor before you use Zomig if you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or think you might be pregnant.
If you are currently breastfeeding, small amounts of this medication can get into your breast milk and be passed on to your baby. You should tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding.
The active ingredient in this medication is zolmitriptan.
Inactive ingredients also contained are: hypromellose, lactose anhydrous, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, macrogol 400 and 8000, sodium starch glycolate, titanium dioxide (E171) and yellow iron oxide (E172).
Written by: Hussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840
Published on: 12/10/2021
Updated on: 27/07/2021
This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan
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