Compare Elavil vs. Zomig

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Elavil (Amitriptyline)

Prescription only

Zomig (zolmitriptan)

Prescription only
Improves mood and relieves certain kinds of pain.

Elavil (Amitriptyline) is an older antidepressant that's sometimes used to treat pain and sleep problems, but it can have more side effects than similar medications.

4.5/ 7 average rating with 134 reviewsforElavil
Treats migraines.

Triptans are the first-choice to treat migraines. Zomig (zolmitriptan) works just as well as other triptans for migraines.

Upsides
  • Low doses work well to treat certain kinds of chronic pain. It can take 2 weeks to feel the full effects of the medication.
  • Low doses of Elavil (Amitriptyline) start working in 45 minutes to help you sleep better.
  • Six out of every ten people who use an antidepressant for the first time find that it works for them.
  • Zomig (zolmitriptan) is is a first choice treatment to treat severe migraines.
  • There are different forms of Zomig (zolmitriptan) available, including a dissolving pill and a nasal spray if you have trouble swallowing during a migraine attack.
  • The regular and dissolving pill forms of Zomig (zolmitriptan) are available as generics.
Downsides
  • When used for depression, Elavil (Amitriptyline) causes more side effects and has a higher risk of overdose than other antidepressants. It's usually used when other medications haven't worked.
  • It's more likely to cause sleepiness, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, and weight gain (1 to 5 pounds) than other antidepressants.
  • People age 65 and older have a higher risk for this medication's side effects.
  • Like most antidepressants, it can cause a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior for people age 24 and younger.
  • The first antidepressant you try doesn't always work or it can cause side effects you really don't like. You might need to try a few different medications until you find one that works for you.
  • If you're taking the nasal spray form of Zomig (zolmitriptan), you have to follow the instructions exactly or you won't get the full dose of medicine.
  • The nasal spray form of Zomig (zolmitriptan) is only available as brand name, so it can be expensive.
  • If you have heart disease or history of stroke, Zomig (zolmitriptan) may not be the best choice for you. Talk to your doctor about your medical history.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Nasal spray
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Reviews
134 
53%
think this treatment is worth it
36%
think this treatment works well
25%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Elavil (Amitriptyline) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
10possible side effects
  • Changes in taste
    21%
  • Tingling or prickling sensation
    10%
  • Oversensitivity of the skin
    5%
  • Pain
    4%
  • Pain in the throat
    4%
  • Nausea
    4%
  • Sleepiness
    4%
  • Discomfort in the nose
    3%
  • Dizziness
    3%
  • Weakness
    3%
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Risks and warnings
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior

    Age 24 years or younger

  • Mania

    History of bipolar disorder

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Heart problems

    History of cardiovascular disease

  • Low blood pressure

    Age 65 years or older

  • Anticholinergic effects

    Age 65 years or older

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  • Heart attack

    Heart disease

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Stroke

    History of a stroke

  • Medication overuse headache

    Using Zomig (zolmitriptan) or other migraine treatment medications for 10 or more days a month

  • Changes in heartbeat

    History of arrhythmia

  • Serotonin syndrome

    Taking tricyclic antidepressants, fentanyl, tramadol, buspirone, or ADHD medicines

  • Blood vessel issues

    High blood pressure

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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