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What should I know before taking this drug?
Adverse reactions
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zolmitriptan is pronounced as: ZOLE mi TRIP tan
Type: OTC / Prescription

zolmitriptan is a prescription drug available from your pharmacy store only with the prescription of a qualified medical practitioner.
Zolmitriptan belongs to group of drugs called selective serotonin receptor agonist.

Common uses of zolmitriptan

Zolmitriptan is used to treat acute migraine attack. Zolmitriptan does not prevent future migraine attacks. 

Take zolmitriptan exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand the instructions on the prescription ask your pharmacist to explain them to you. If leaflet is available read it before you start taking the zolmitriptan.

Zolmitriptan can be taken with or without food however with out food it works faster and gives better relief.
Zolmitriptan should be taken at the first sign of migraine attack or it is progressing. Do not take zolmitriptan with out having the migraine symptoms, it can not be used to prevent the migraine attack.
If it is the first time you are using the zolmitriptan take it in doctors office. If you do not get the relief with the first dose take the second dose after two hours of taking the first dose only with the doctor’s advice.

What are the precautions I should follow for zolmitriptan?

Children: The safety and efficacy of zolmitriptan is not confirmed in children. Zolmitriptan should not be used in children less than 18 years old. 

Older people: The adverse effects of zolmitriptan are similar in younger and older people however extra precaution is required when zolmitriptan is given for older people as they are more sensitive to it.
Pregnant women: zolmitriptan belongs to FDA pregnancy category C. This means that zolmitriptan may harm an unborn baby if used during pregnancy but potential benefit may warrant use of the drug in pregnant woman despite potential risks. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning for conception.
Lactating women: It is not known whether zolmitriptan passes into breast milk or if it could harm the baby. Do not take zolmitriptan with out first talking to doctor if you are breast feeding a baby.
Other: Do not use zolmitriptan if you are suffering from any cardiovascular disease like heart attack, angina pectoris (chest pain).
Do not take the zolmitriptan if you have already taken any other anti migraine drugs in last 24 hours.
The following are the side effects for zolmitriptan
  • Drowsiness, dizziness
  • Nausea 
  • Dry mouth
  • Tiredness / weakness
How do I store zolmitriptan
Store zolmitriptan at room temp (15 – 30 degrees C). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom.
Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed off safely.
Zolmitriptan cause drowsiness, dizziness, does not drive or operate machine while you are taking zolmitriptan.
Zolmitriptan can not be used as prophylactic, it only cure the migraine which is already started.
Inform the doctor if you are on anti depressants like fluoxetine, citalopram. 

It is imp to read manufacturing packaging instruction carefully if available and always do not hesitate to consult pharmacist or physician for any additional information. 

Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: July 02, 2012