Zolmitriptan is a fast-acting medication for treating migraines, with a similar effectiveness and mechanism of action as Sumatriptan.
What is Zolmitriptan?
Zolmitriptan is used to treat migraine and belongs to a group of medicines called triptans (5-HT, receptor agonists). Migraines, usually identified by a throbbing at the front or on the side of the head, can affect a large number of people on a daily basis, and the root cause can often be difficult to interpret. Much like Sumatriptan, Zolmitriptan can also provide a fast-acting relief to the symptoms of more severe migraines, which can include nausea, sensitivity to light and sound and stiffness in the neck and shoulder area. It is available as a nasal spray and in orodispersible form, for those who have trouble taking tablets.
What is a migraine?
A migraine will usually start as a headache with throbbing at the front or on the side of the head. As the migraine develops, the location of the pain may change and become more intense. Depending on the severity, the symptoms may include; nausea and vomiting, sensitive to light, visual problems, sensitive to smells, reduced concentration levels, sweating, abdominal pain, feeling generally unwell and occasionally leading to diarrhoea. The symptoms associated with a migraine can vary between individuals and in severe cases can last a couple of days.
How the medication works
Migraine symptoms may be triggered by a temporary swelling of blood vessels in the head due to a temporary chemical imbalance in the body. Zolmitriptan counters this chemical imbalance by stimulating receptors in the brain that result in a reduction in the swelling of the blood vessels, thereby relieving the intense pain felt during a migraine.
Initially start with a lower strength of 2.5mg. The dose may be doubled if necessary. If you feel that this dose is not sufficient in controlling your symptoms, you may require the 5 dose of Zolmitriptan. If you are unsure, please contact the Patient Support Team on 0208 123 0703 or at email@example.com .
How to use it
Please consult the enclosed patient information leaflet before using Zolmitriptan
The following dosage guide should be followed:
- Adult (Over 18 Years of age)
- 50mg at onset of symptoms as soon as possible. Some patients may require 100mg
- If after taking the first dose your symptoms are reduced, but later return, a second dose of 50mg may only be taken at least 2 hours following the first dose.
- If the first tablet has no effect, do not take another dose for the same migraine. For further advice contact your GP or the Patient Support Team on 0208 123 0703 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Maximum daily dosage for Zolmitriptan is 10 milligrams
- 2.5mg – 4 × 2.5mg tablets a day
- 5mg – 2 × 5mg tablets a day
The most common side effects associated with the usage of Zolmitriptan include; fatigue, dizziness, flushing, sensations of heaviness and short term increases in blood pressure (transient).
Further information on the side effects of Zolmitriptan can be found in the patient information leaflet.
Always read the patient information leaflet before commencing treatment. The patient information can be found here .
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