Zolmitriptan Orodispersible tablets are an effective treatment for migraines. They are a generic version of the product otherwise known as Zomig, made by AstraZeneca.
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Each tablet contains 5mg of the active ingredient. These are taken one a time, at the onset of symptoms as directed. Leave two hours between doses and do not take more than two tablets in any 24-hour period.
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Zolmitriptan Orodispersible tablets are a drug used in migraines, and are made by Actavis. They are a generic form of the treatment called Zomig, by AstraZeneca, containing the same active compound: a triptan called zolmitriptan. This product helps to alleviate pain and other symptoms by narrowing inflamed, swollen blood vessels around the brain.
- Dissolve in the mouth
- Fast-acting relief from pain
- Alleviates sickness and other symptoms
There are several different types of migraine, and which symptoms you get depends on which category yours falls into. Migraine with aura is so called because the strong, throbbing headache is preceded and accompanied by other ailments, including: the appearance of dark patches or flashing zig-zagging lines in the field of vision; an increased sensitivity to sound; and nausea and vomiting.
Those who have migraine without aura will not experience these sensations, and will just get the intense headache; which is usually felt on one side or at the front of the head. Another type is called silent migraine, and this is characterised by the presence of aura, but no headache.
It is not known why some people are more susceptible to this condition than others. As with most other conditions, genes are thought to be a possible factor; if migraines run in your family, then you may be more prone to them. Symptoms occur when blood vessels around the brain become inflamed and swell.
Triggers tend to vary from person to person. They can be anything from the consumption of caffeine, or alcohol, to feelings of stress or physical tension. A change in hormone levels in the body can also initiate a migraine.
As migraines cannot yet be cured, the aim of treatment is to reduce pain and ease other symptoms. Regular painkillers can be effective some of the time, but in other cases, more targeted and specific medication may be required. This is usually issued in the form of a tryptamine-based drug, or triptan. Zolmitriptan belongs to this class of prescription medicines. It contains a functioning constituent of the same name, which is a 5HT agonist. It stimulates receptors in the brain in a similar way to serotonin, and reduces symptoms by narrowing enlarged blood vessels.
If you are having migraine symptoms for the first time, or have never used treatment before, you should see your GP for advice.
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How to use Zolmitriptan Orodispersible
To get the best results out of this product and limit the risk of side effects, you should ensure you follow the directions issued by your prescriber, and adhere to the guidelines set out in the patient information leaflet.
- Take as directed.
- The recommended dose is one tablet taken when you first notice symptoms of an attack.
- If your migraine is still present after two hours, or comes back within 24 hours, you may take another tablet.
- Do not take more than two tablets during the course of any 24-hour period.
- The tablets do not need to be taken with water. They are placed on the tongue and left to dissolve.
This is not a comprehensive list of directions. More detailed guidance can be found in the leaflet supplied.
Zolmitriptan Orodispersible side effects
Only a minority of people will experience side effects when using this product. However, it is vital to be aware of the nature of these, so that you can act appropriately in the event that they happen to you.
Tell your doctor right away if you experience anything which might constitute an allergic reaction, heart attack, angina, or spasming of blood vessels. Details can be located in the patient information leaflet.
Common (1 in 10 or less):
Altered sensations such as tingling in your fingers and toes, sleepiness, dizziness, headache, irregular heartbeat, feeling or being sick, stomach pain, dry mouth, pain or discomfort when swallowing, weakness or muscle pain, or pressure in the throat, neck, arms and legs, or chest.
Uncommon (1 in 100 or less):
Fast heartbeat. rise in blood pressure, or increased urination.
This is only a summary of the side effects associated with this drug. Consult the leaflet supplied for more.
Taking it with other medicines
Disclose any information regarding the use of other treatments when completing the medical assessment. Zolmitriptan may not be suitable for use in conjunction with: other triptans; drugs containing ergotamine or derivatives; St John’s wort; moclobemide or fluvoxamine; SSRIs or SNRIs; cimetidine; or quinolone antibiotics.
Conditions to look out for
You should not use this product if you have ever had any of the following conditions: high blood pressure; heart problems, such as a heart attack or angina; a stroke or transient ischaemic attack; or severe kidney problems. Let your doctor know before using this item if you: are at increased risk of getting ischaemic heart disease; smoke; or have: high blood pressure; high levels of cholesterol; diabetes; Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome; liver problems; or headaches which are unlike your usual migraine headache.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Speak to your doctor before using this medication if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Do not breastfeed within 24 hours of using this treatment.
Driving and using machines
Do not drive or operate machinery if you get any side effects such as drowsiness, or have any migraine symptoms which may impede your capacity to do so safely.
Zolmitriptan contains lactose. Speak to your doctor before taking this medication if you have any intolerance to sugars.
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Can I still drink alcohol?
Even though this product is not thought to be affected by alcohol, you should avoid drinking alcohol until you have recovered from your migraine, as it could exacerbate symptoms.
Will I still be able to drive?
It is best to avoid driving if you are experiencing a migraine. Please also note that this product may cause drowsiness.
Can I use this medicine while pregnant?
Your doctor will advise you on using this product if you are pregnant. Those who are breastfeeding should not do so within 24 hours of taking it.
How do I store it?
Keep it in a safe place at room temperature.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
If you are allergic to any of the following containing ingredients, do not use this treatment: zolmitriptan, mannitol (E421), calcium silicate, microcrystalline cellulose, colloidal anhydrous silica, aspartame (E951), sodium starch glycolate type A, crospovidone type B, magnesium stearate and orange cream flavour (containing e.g. maltodextrin (maize), acacia (E414), ascorbic acid (E300), butylhydroxyanisole (E320)).
Is it available over-the-counter?
Prior consultation with a GP is required before you can buy Zolmitriptan online or in person in the UK. To renew your prescription for this item, take our quick medical survey to have your case reviewed by a GMC-registered doctor.
Is it right for me?
If you are having new migraine symptoms or have never used migraine treatment before, we recommend that you see your GP in person.
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