- Effective medicine for symptoms of a migraine
- Generic version of Zomig
- Zolmitriptan belongs to the group of medicines known as triptans
NOTE: After selecting this product, you will need to complete a short assessment, so we can make sure this medication is suitable for you.
Zolmitriptan treats migraines with or without aura. This drug belongs to a class known as triptans. Triptans work by constricting the widened blood vessels that cause migraine, resulting in alleviation of migraine pain and symptoms. Zolmitriptan is generally a well tolerated triptan.
How does zolmitriptan work?
The exact cause of migraines is unknown, but it is associated with the widening of blood vessels in the brain. Zolmitriptan works by constricting these vessels in the brain, reversing the effects of the migraine, resulting in alleviated migraine symptoms. Zolmitriptan takes about 45 minutes to become effective so it is important to take it as soon as you feel the migraine coming on.
Zolmitriptan works best if you take it as soon as you feel the migraine coming on. It should not be taken before the migraine in the aura phase. A second tablet can be taken 2 to 3 hours after your first tablet if you have not noticed benefits, however no more than 2 tablets should be taken for the same migraine and no more than 2 tablets should be taken in a 24 hour period. Zolmitriptan is available as a 2.5mg tablet. Zolmitriptan starts to alleviate symptoms after 45 minutes of taking the tablet.
Zolmitriptan vs Zomig
Zolmitriptan is the generic version of Zomig, which is the branded version. Both contain the same active ingredient, which is Zolmitriptan, both work in the same way and both are just as effective. Although both are medically the same, personal preference is a factor to consider as some people may prefer the branded version to the generic.
Not all medication works the same for everyone. Although triptans work in a similar way, you may have to try 3 different ones on 3 different occasions before finding the most effective one for yourself. Other treatments available here at ashcroft pharmacy include:
- Maxalt Melt
These are just the triptans that are available to buy. Other medications that may help alleviate symptoms of migraines are painkillers such as paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin and also anti sickness medication such as buccastem M. These are available to buy over the counter at most pharmacies.
Swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water. Zolmitriptan should be taken at the onset of a migraine, it will not work in preventing migraines, so do not take it unless you have a migraine. If your headache returns after taking zolmitriptan, you may take another tablet given that at least 2 hours have passed. Do not take another dose of zolmitriptan if the first dose did not work at all. It may be used again for a future migraine. Do not take more than 10mg of zolmitriptan in 24 hours. Do not take in combination with other triptans.
Swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water.
What is the difference between zolmitriptan and Zomig?
Zomig is the branded version. Zolmitriptan is the generic version. Both contain the same active ingredient, zolmitriptan, so both are medically equivalent but zolmitriptan generic is available at a much lower cost.
How long does it take for zolmitriptan to work and how long do effects last?
It takes between 30 and 60 minutes to be effective and these effects last for approximately 2 hours.
Can I use other migraine treatments with zolmitriptan?
You cannot take other triptans such as rizatriptan and sumatriptan as this could cause unwanted side effects. However, other treatments you can take are painkillers such as paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin, and anti sickness tablets such as buccastem, to alleviate symptoms.
Is zolmitriptan a painkiller?
Although zolmitriptan can relieve migraines, it is not a painkiller. Painkillers such as paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin can be used alongside zolmitriptan to further alleviate symptoms.
Can I take zolmitriptan with alcohol?
Technically you can. However, zolmitriptan may cause drowsiness or dizziness, therefore alcohol is not recommended as it could make the side effects worse
Does zolmitriptan work for normal headaches?
No. Zolmitriptan should only be used for migraines. Painkillers such as paracetamol are suitable for regular headaches.
Does zolmitriptan prevent migraines?
No. Zolmitriptan should only be used once you feel a migraine coming on. Do not take it any earlier. Zolmitriptan will not be effective in preventing migraines that have not yet occured, doing this may actually make migraines worse due to overuse of zolmitriptan.
Which triptan works the best?
All medications work slightly differently for everyone, so everyone may have a different preferred triptan. It is important to try at least 3 triptans on 3 separate occasions before deciding the most effective triptan for yourself.
Common side effects of zolmitriptan includes:
- Nausea & vomiting
- Dry mouth
- Tingling of fingers and toes
However, many of these effects may be due to the migraine itself.
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