Compare Zomig vs. ergotamine
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Triptans are the first-choice to treat migraines. Zomig (zolmitriptan) works just as well as other triptans for migraines.
Treats migraine headaches.
Ergomar (ergotamine) has more side effects than other medicines used to treat migraines.
- 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.
- Ergomar (ergotamine) works better than other medicines if your migraines last more than 2 days or if you have more frequent migraines.
- 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.
- Harmful to the fetus so avoid if you're pregnant or think you may be pregnant.
- Doesn't prevent migraines from happening. It can only relieve them.
- Excessive use can be dangerous and result in rebound headaches. Talk to your doctor if your headaches are worse and occurring more frequently.
- May not be right for you if you have high blood pressure or had a heart attack.
- Dissolving tablet
- Nasal spray
- Dissolving pill
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12possible side effects
- Changes in taste21%
- Tingling or prickling sensation10%
- Oversensitivity of the skin5%
- Pain in the throat4%
- Discomfort in the nose3%
- Tightness in the throat2%
- Dry mouth2%
The Ergomar (ergotamine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
- Heart attack
- Heart disease
- history of chest pain/angina
- uncontrolled high blood pressure
- 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
- history of stroke
- Drug interactions
- Macrolide antibiotics
- Protease inhibitors
- Lowered blood flow
- Taking Ergomar (ergotamine) more than the recommended amount daily or weekly
- Dependency and withdrawal
- Taking Ergomar (ergotamine) regularly for months