zolmitriptan, Zomig, Zomig-ZMT

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GENERIC NAME: zolmitriptan

BRAND NAME: Zomig, Zomig-ZMT

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Zolmitriptan is a drug for treating migraine headaches. Migraine headaches are believed to result from dilation of the blood vessels in the brain. Zolmitriptan causes constriction of the blood vessels and thereby relieves the pain of a migraine headache. While zolmitriptan is very effective in relieving migraine headaches, it does not prevent or reduce the number of headaches if taken prophylactically. Its mechanism of action and effectiveness are similar to those of sumatriptan (Imitrex). Zolmitriptan was approved by the FDA in November of 1997.

GENERIC AVAILABLE: No

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Tablet: 2.5 and 5 mg. Tablet (orally disintegrating): 2.5 and 5 mg.

STORAGE: Zolmitriptan should be stored at room temperature, away from heat and light. It should be kept out of the reach of children.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Zolmitriptan is used to relieve migraine headaches and associated nausea and sensitivity to light. It should not be used to treat types of headaches other than migraine.

DOSING: Dosing: The initial dose is 2.5 mg or less. The dose can be repeated after 2 hours if symptoms persist. The maximum dose is 10 mg per day. Doses less than 2.5 mg can be achieved by splitting the 2.5 mg tablet. Zolmitriptan may be taken with or without food.



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