Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Inderal (Propranolol) is good for treating many heart problems and other problems in the body, but it has more side effects than other beta blockers. You can't miss doses.
Treats migraines. Triptans are the first-choice to treat migraines. Zomig (zolmitriptan) works just as well as other triptans for migraines.
› A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina).
› A first-choice treatment for heart failure, heart attack, heart valve disorders, and abnormal heart rhythm.
› Also treats and prevents many non-heart problems, such as tremors, anxiety, migraines, and liver disease symptoms.
› 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 and risks
› Taking a beta blocker might make you feel more tired or out of breath during exercise or normal daily routines. This gets better for most people, but for some might not go away.
› Has more side effects than some beta blockers because it crosses into the brain and central nervous system.
› Not a first-choice treatment for high blood pressure according to the latest guidelines, except if you have heart failure or heart disease. As a second choice, your doctor might add it to medicines you're already taking if your blood pressure is still too high.
› Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar if you're diabetic.
› You can't miss doses. Stopping Propranolol suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
› 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
› Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
› Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
› Can cause insomnia and fatigue.
› Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful if you're diabetic.
› Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly.
› Doesn't prevent migraines.
› Use as soon as you feel a migraine starting. You can take another dose 2 hours later, but don't take more than 10 mg total in 24 hours.
› Don't use it excessively since it can cause you to have more headaches. Talk to your doctor if you are having more than 4 migraines in a month.