Zomig

(zolmitriptan)

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Treats migraines.

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

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Quick facts about Zomig
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (zolmitriptan)

Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • 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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How it works

Zomig (zolmitriptan) is a triptan. It prevents the enlargement of blood vessels in your brain, which causes migraines.

Quick facts about Zomig
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (zolmitriptan)

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Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Nasal spray
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What to expect when you take Zomig (zolmitriptan) for Migraine

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  • Possible side effects
  • Injection site reaction
  • Unusual sensations
  • Dizziness or balance problems
  • Medication overuse headache
  • Changes in heartbeat
  • Stroke
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Side effect rates for Zomig (zolmitriptan)

From 464 clinical trials of Zomig when taken for migraine (nasal, 5mg)
  • Changes in taste
    21%21%
    3%3%
  • Tingling or prickling sensation
    10%10%
    6%6%
  • Oversensitivity of the skin
    5%5%
  • Pain
    4%4%
    1%1%
  • Pain in the throat
    4%4%
    1%1%
  • Nausea
    4%4%
    1%1%
  • Sleepiness
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Discomfort in the nose
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Dizziness
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Weakness
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Tightness in the throat
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Dry mouth
    2%2%
    1%1%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Zomig.

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Risks and Warnings for Zomig (zolmitriptan)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Heart disease
    • history of chest pain/angina
    • uncontrolled high blood pressure

    People who have heart disease or chest pain shouldn't take Zomig (zolmitriptan) since heart attacks have occurred in people who have had heart disease and migraines. Heart attacks can feel like pain in the chest, jaw, neck, or throat. Talk to your doctor first to see if you can take Zomig (zolmitriptan).

Pharmacist Q&A

Zomig (zolmitriptan) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats migraine attacks in adults.

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats migraine attacks in adults.

Common concerns from people taking Zomig (zolmitriptan)

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Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
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