GENERIC NAME: PIZOTIFEN - ORAL (pizz-oh-TIFF-en)
USES: This medication is used to prevent migraine headaches. It is not used for acute migraine attacks or tension headaches.
HOW TO USE: This drug is taken by mouth, generally starting with a bedtime dose, then increased slowly to 3 times daily. The maximum dose is 6 mg daily. Take exactly as directed regularly. Effects should be seen within 4 weeks. If your doctor plans to stop the drug for a period of time, the dose should be reduced slowly over 2 weeks to decrease the chance of increased headaches reoccurring. After a period of time, this medicine may not work as well as it had before. Consult your doctor if this occurs.
SIDE EFFECTS: Increased appetite and weight gain, drowsiness, fatigue, nausea, unusual weakness, dizziness, headache or dry mouth may occur. If these persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly. Very unlikely but report promptly: vision changes, confusion, stomach pain, swelling, mood changes, sexual function problems. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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