"Most of us get headaches from time to time. Some are mild. Others cause throbbing pain. They can last for minutes or days. There are many different types of headaches. How you treat yours depends on which kind you have.
Zomig Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Zomig, Zomig-ZMT
Generic Name: zolmitriptan (oral) (Pronunciation: ZOLE mi TRIP tan)
- What is zolmitriptan (Zomig)?
- What are the possible side effects of zolmitriptan (Zomig)?
- What is the most important information I should know about zolmitriptan (Zomig)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking zolmitriptan (Zomig)?
- How should I take zolmitriptan (Zomig)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Zomig)?
- What happens if I overdose (Zomig)?
- What should I avoid while taking zolmitriptan (Zomig)?
- What other drugs will affect zolmitriptan (Zomig)?
- Where can I get more information?
What is zolmitriptan (Zomig)?
Zolmitriptan is a headache medicine that narrows blood vessels around the brain. Zolmitriptan also reduces substances in the body that can trigger headache pain, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and other migraine symptoms.
Zolmitriptan is used to treat migraine headaches. Zolmitriptan will only treat a headache that has already begun. It will not prevent headaches or reduce the number of attacks.
Zolmitriptan should not be used to treat a common tension headache, a headache that causes loss of movement on one side of your body, or any headache that seems to be different from your usual migraine headaches. Use this medication only if your condition has been confirmed by a doctor as migraine headaches.
Zolmitriptan may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of zolmitriptan (Zomig)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using zolmitriptan and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- feeling of pain or tightness in your jaw, neck, or throat;
- chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling;
- sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body;
- sudden severe headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance;
- fast or pounding heartbeats, dizziness;
- sudden and severe stomach pain and bloody diarrhea;
- numbness or tingling and a pale or blue-colored appearance in your fingers or toes; or
- (if you are also taking an antidepressant) -- agitation, hallucinations, fever, fast heart rate, overactive reflexes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination, fainting.
Less serious side effects may include:
- pressure or heavy feeling in any part of your body;
- dry mouth, upset stomach;
- feeling of pain or pressure in your neck or throat;
- drowsiness, weakness; or
- warmth, redness, or mild tingling under your skin.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the Zomig (zolmitriptan) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
What is the most important information I should know about zolmitriptan (Zomig)?
You should not take this medication if you are allergic to zolmitriptan, if you have any history of heart disease, or if you have coronary heart disease, angina, blood circulation problems, lack of blood supply to the heart, uncontrolled high blood pressure, ischemic bowel disease, a history of a heart attack or stroke, or if your headache seems to be different from your usual migraine headaches.
Do not take zolmitriptan within 24 hours before or after using another migraine headache medicine, including zolmitriptan nasal spray, almotriptan (Axert), eletriptan (Relpax), frovatriptan (Frova), naratriptan (Amerge), rizatriptan (Maxalt, Maxalt-MLT), sumatriptan (Imitrex, Treximet), or ergot medicine such as ergotamine (Ergomar, Cafergot, Migergot), dihydroergotamine (D.H.E. 45, Migranal), or methylergonovine (Methergine).
Do not take zolmitriptan if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 14 days.
Before taking zolmitriptan, tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney disease, high blood pressure, a heart rhythm disorder, or coronary heart disease (or risk factors such as diabetes, menopause, smoking, being overweight, having high cholesterol, having a family history of coronary artery disease, being older than 40 and a man, or being a woman who has had a hysterectomy).
Also tell your doctor if you are also taking an antidepressant such as citalopram (Celexa), desvenlafaxine (Pristiq), duloxetine (Cymbalta), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem), fluvoxamine (Luvox), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), or venlafaxine (Effexor).
Zolmitriptan will only treat a headache that has already begun. It will not prevent headaches or reduce the number of attacks.
After taking a zolmitriptan tablet, you must wait two (2) hours before taking a second tablet. Do not take more than 10 mg of zolmitriptan in 24 hours.
Additional Zomig Information
- Zomig Drug Interactions Center: zolmitriptan oral
- Zomig Side Effects Center
- Zomig Overview including Precautions
- Zomig FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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