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What is Zomig
Zolmig, which contains the active ingredient zolmitriptan, is a prescription medication used in the treatment of migraines which are generally considered to be moderate to severe headaches often felt as a throbbing pain on one side of the head.
It is part of a group of medications called triptans which are used to reverse certain changes in the brain that are thought to trigger migraine attacks. The drug can be used to treat headaches with or without an aura which some sufferers report as being blind spots, flashing lights or zigzag patterns in your field of vision. It can tackle other symptoms often associated with migraines too including sensitivity to light and noise, nausea and vomiting.
How long does Zomig take to work?
Once you have consumed a dose of Zomig, you will begin to experience the effects of the medication within 60 minutes.
You can take Zomig at any time once the migraine symptoms have appeared; however, experts often advise people to take Zomig as soon as the signs appear. Similarly, Zomig may work quicker on an empty stomach. But it can still be taken with food.
You should stop taking the medication if Zomig does not impact your symptoms. Inform your pharmacist or doctor of the lack of improvement, and they might prescribe an alternative treatment.
Zomig vs Imitrex
In the US, Imitrex is the brand name for Sumatriptan. Similarly, Sumatriptan is available under the brand name Imigran in the UK. Note that Imitrex is not available in the UK. Just like Zomig, Imitrex is a migraine relief drug. Both medications are prescription-based drugs for relieving migraines and cluster headaches.
Zomig and Imitrex both belong to the triptan class of drugs. In addition, there are receptor-selective serotonin agonists that work similarly. They stimulate serotonin receptors in the brain, reversing the expansion of blood vessels. Due to this contraction of blood vessels, the symptoms of migraines are relieved.
Zomig is one of the first-choice options for the short-term treatment of migraines. It is available as a tablet, a quick-dissolving pill, and a nasal spray, which can be used for children above 12. In the form of tablets, Zomig is a generic medication often found at low prices. On the other hand, Imitrex – also known as Sumatriptan– can not be used for individuals younger than 18. It is also available in different forms, like tablets and injections. It relieves migraine headaches quickly but does not prevent them.
You can find Zomig in 2.5mg tablets. Imitrex tablets are available in 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg.
Zomig vs Sumatriptan
As mentioned before, Sumatriptan uses the brand name Imigran in the UK.
Zomig and Sumatriptan are triptans. Similar to the functioning of Imitrex, Sumatriptan works by stimulating serotonin receptors and reversing the expansion of blood vessels to alleviate migraine pain.
You can find Zomig and sumatriptan tablets on our website. These drugs have a lot of common properties, so you may have to rely on personal preference to determine which medication is better suited.
Zomig vs Maxalt
In the UK, Maxalt is the brand name for the migraine medication commonly known as rizatriptan. It is a medication used to treat migraines. Maxalt comes in 5mg and 10mg tablets, while Zomig doses consist of 2.5mg or 5mg. Both drugs work similarly; Zomig and Maxalt function by stimulating the brain's serotonin receptors, contracting the blood vessels to neutralise the widening. This process reduces the symptoms and pain that come with migraines. Zomig and Maxalt are selective serotonin receptor agonists belonging to the triptan drug group.
Zomig (zolmitriptan) is the best treatment for severe, long-lasting migraines. You can find different forms of Zomig (zolmitriptan), including a dissolving pill and a nasal spray – best for children above 12 as they can have trouble swallowing during a migraine attack. In addition, you can find the regular and dissolving pill forms of Zomig (zolmitriptan) as generics. While Maxalt (Rizatriptan) is known to prevent migraines or tension headaches, it is essential to note that it does not work for prolonged, drawn-out headaches. Furthermore, it can cause rebound headaches due to excessive use.
Can I buy Zomig over the Counter?
As Zomig is a prescription-based drug, It is impossible to buy the medicine over the counter in the UK because it requires a prescription. It would help if you had a verified prescription from a physician or pharmacist to make a purchase. Under any circumstances, if you do not have one, then you can consult our on-site doctor and pharmacists available on our website. You will have to fill out a form, which will be further evaluated by one of our expert doctors to determine whether you require a prescription. Once your prescription is issued, your order will be confirmed. We will discreetly dispatch the medication. We offer next-day delivery, as well.
Why choose Zomig?
If you suffer from migraine headaches that prevent you from carrying out normal day-to-day activities, Zomig can be an effective form of treatment. The medication is often prescribed when over-the-counter painkillers have been unsuccessful, as it can improve symptoms or even eliminate them completely.
One of the benefits of Zomig is that it can be taken at any time during a migraine attack and still be effective, whereas other forms of migraine treatment need to be taken as early as possible to have a major effect on reducing the pain and/or symptoms. If you are out without your medication, then this is important to factor in as you can have peace of mind that no matter how long it takes you to take your tablet, the treatment will work as well as if it had been taken from the onset of the attack.
Can I buy Zomig online?
You can buy Zomig online after you have completed a short online questionnaire, the answers from which will be assessed by a Click Pharmacy doctor to confirm whether this is the right medication for your situation. If not, then our experts, Jana Abelovska & Leonard Jones, will recommend a better or safer option.
How effective Is Zomig?
In some severe migraine cases, a second dose can be required to fully relieve the pain of the headache, but in studies, the effectiveness of Zomig was undeniable, with positive results achieved in 90% of patients.
The 5mg dose seemed to achieve a higher result than the 2.5mg option in the more severe cases, but the necessary dosage for your situation, based on severity and regularity of your migraine attacks, amongst other factors, can be assessed by the doctor before you purchase your first pack.
It is worth bearing in mind that the medication is designed to be taken when a migraine has already started and that taking it does not prevent future attacks or reduce the number of attacks you have overall.
How does Zomig work?
Zomig is in a class of medicines known as 5HT1B- and 5HT1D-receptor agonists, which are also referred to as triptans. They work by binding to these receptors and reducing the swelling of the blood vessel walls, which become dilated around the brain, triggering a migraine. The constriction of these blood vessels via the Zomig treatment helps to ease the headache as well as the other migraine related symptoms such as nausea.
What dose should I choose?
Zomig comes in tablet form, and the dose you require is based on a number of variables, including the severity of your attacks, your response to the medication, your age and any other medication you may be taking. For exact dosage instructions, read the patient information form that is provided with your prescription, and you can also speak to your GP or one of our doctors here at Click Pharmacy.
How should I take Zomig?
For best results, take one tablet with a glass of water, with or without food, at the first signs of a migraine attack. The medication can also be taken after an attack has begun.
Is it safe to use Zomig whilst pregnant or breastfeeding?
There are limited studies done on taking triptans during pregnancy and when breastfeeding. Such trials are performed on a voluntary basis, and as such, results are compiled in small numbers.
In animal trials, the medication was found to have passed into breastmilk, though a separate study of a similar medication known as sumatriptan estimated that an infant received around 3.5% of the mother's full dose, which was considered to be ‘compatible with breastfeeding’.
Taking medication during pregnancy or when breastfeeding must always be done with caution, and as such, speak with your GP or your doctor here at Click Pharmacy before deciding how best to proceed.
Is it safe to drive or operate machinery after taking Zomig?
Due to some of the reported side effects, such as dizziness, vomiting, drowsiness and weakness, it is advised you do not drive or operate machinery until you are sure these effects have worn off.
Is it safe to use Zomig whilst taking other medications
There are a number of medications that you cannot mix with Zomig. Especially important to discuss with your GP are any medications taken for depression, including herbal supplements such as St John’s Wart, as well as other tablets for headaches and migraines, antibiotics and cimetidine which is used to treat stomach ulcers.
Do be sure to mention any other medication, vitamins and supplements you are taking aside from these to ensure they can be mixed with your prescription of Zomig.
Do I need a prescription to purchase Zomig Tablets?
Yes, you require a prescription to purchase Zomig Tablets. After completing a short online questionnaire you will be provided with a prescription, allowing you to purchase Zomig tablets from our website.
What is the difference between Zomig Tablets and Zolmitriptan Tablets?
While both Zomig and Zolmitriptan are used for the treatment of migraines, the main difference is branding. Zomig is the branded version of Zolmitriptan, making Zomig a cheaper alternative.
What is the active ingredient in Zomig Tablets?
The active ingredient in Zomig Tablets is zolmitriptan. This ingredient is effective at overcoming symptoms of migraines and cluster headaches.
Can I take Zomig Tablets on an empty stomach?
It is safe to take Zomig Tablets with or without a meal. However to prevent any nausea like symptoms it is advised to take your dose after a well balanced and healthy meal.
Can breastfeeding mothers use Zomig Tablets?
Evidence suggests that Zomig Tablets are transferred into breastmilk. You should refrain from taking this medication if you are pregnant.
Can I take other medication with Zomig Tablets?
It is recommended to consult with a GP or pharmacist before combining medicines as it could possibly cause harmful side effects.
Can I drink alcohol while using Zomig Tablets?
It is advised to refrain from drinking alcohol while using Zomig Tablets. This is because the effects of alcohol have the potential to worsen side effects and symptoms.
Zomig may cause some temporary side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, drowsiness, weakness and heaviness or tightness around the chest or neck. Although very rare, there are also some more serious side effects associated with the medication.
Zomig is not for long-term use. If you use it for longer than intended, you may experience severe side effects, such as:
● Heart problems, such as irregular heartbeat or a heart attack
● Bleeding in the brain
● Raynaud’s disease (changes in the colour or feeling of your fingers or toes)
● Complications with the blood vessel or circulation, particularly in your legs or feet
● High blood pressure or hypertension
A complete list of potential side effects can be found in the patient information leaflet that comes with your prescription.