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- What is zolmitriptan, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for zolmitriptan?
- Is zolmitriptan available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for zolmitriptan?
- What are the side effects of zolmitriptan?
- What is the dosage for zolmitriptan?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with zolmitriptan?
- Is zolmitriptan safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about zolmitriptan?
What is zolmitriptan, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
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.
What brand names are available for zolmitriptan?
Is zolmitriptan available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: No
Do I need a prescription for zolmitriptan?
What are the side effects of zolmitriptan?
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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