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.
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.
SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects are generally transient. Some common side effects include:
- pain or tightness in the chest or throat,
- tingling sensations,
- abdominal discomfort, and
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