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Zolmitriptan is a prescription drug used to treat migraines, which are categorised as throbbing headaches with or without severe pain, as well as nausea and vomiting and/or sensitivity to sound and light in some cases. Zolmitriptan can be used for migraines that sometimes occur with an ‘aura’ which is described by sufferers as flashing lights, blind spots or wavy lines in their vision.
It is part of a group of medications called triptans. They work by narrowing blood vessels in the brain that have become enlarged and in doing so have caused a migraine attack. Zolmitriptan also helps to relieve related symptoms such as pain, nausea and sensitivity to light and noise.
Zolmitriptan can be bought easily and confidentially online. It requires a prescription so you will be asked to fill in a short questionnaire which will be assessed by one of our in-house doctors who can ensure that this is the right medication for your headaches. Once you have completed the form you can purchase a repeat order at any time without further assessment.
With your prescription you can purchase your tablets online and they will be sent out securely to you by next day delivery where possible.
Why choose Zolmitriptan?
Migraines can impact the quality of a sufferers life, interfering with work, relationships and general day to day tasks. Zolmitriptan provides relief from this cycle dealing with the pain and other common migraine symptoms quickly and effectively. It is also commonly used when over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol have been found to be ineffective.
Zolmitriptan is also the generic, yet medically equivalent version of the branded migraine treatment Zomig, meaning it is just as effective but more affordable.
Zolmitriptan was approved in 1997 by the FDA and whilst it does not reduce the number of migraines a sufferer may experience, nor prevent them, it is considered to be highly effective at relieving such headaches and the unpleasant side effects such as nausea. It does so by constricting the expanded blood vessels in the brain which are believed to cause the onset of a migraine.
Zolmitriptan comes in a tablet form and you will be prescribed a certain dosage by our doctors depending on the severity and regularity of your migraines. The usual dosage for an adult is 2.5mg to be taken once the migraine has started rather than in anticipation of one. If the migraine returns at least 2 hours after your first dose then a second 2.5mg dose can be taken.
If a patient finds that they are not getting relief with a 2.5mg dose then this can be increased to 5mg upon approval by their Click Pharmacy doctor or GP.
It is still important to follow the directions on the prescription label and read the patient information leaflet upon receiving and taking the medication.
For best results take one tablet with a glass of water as soon as you start experiencing a migraine attack. The tablet should be swallowed whole and it can be taken with or without food. The medication is as effective when taken during an attack as when taken at the onset.
Migraine headaches are thought to be caused by dilated blood vessels in the head. Zolmitriptan works by reversing this process of swelling. It is also believed to affect certain natural substances in the brain which help to ease symptoms such as nausea, pain and sensitivity to noise and light, however, this medication does not prevent future migraines - it can only be used to relieve symptoms during an attack.
Common side effects of Zolmitriptan include dizziness, muscle aches and pain, warm or tingling sensations, nausea, stomach pain, dry mouth, drowsiness, weakness and heaviness or tightness in the chest or throat. These side effects are usually temporary and should improve with time.
The medication may also cause some more serious side effects, although this is very rare but do be sure to read your patient information leaflet to find out more about possible side effects. You can also speak to one of our experts for further information and advice.
There have been limited trials done on the safety of using this medication during pregnancy, though the results of studies done on other triptans have shown no adverse effects; but still it is advised that you should speak to your doctor before going ahead. They can assess whether the risks of your migraines during pregnancy outweigh the risks of using Zolmitriptan and offer alternatives when necessary.
Studies of Zolmitriptan in animals showed that the drug was present in breastmilk so it is advised that you use it with precaution and certainly speak to your GP or Click Pharmacy doctor before going ahead with the medication if you are breastfeeding.
Mixing certain medications can at best make them ineffective and at worst be highly dangerous. As such, it is crucial you tell your doctor about any other prescription and/or non-prescription medications including vitamins and herbal supplements before taking this drug. They will then be able to advise you as to whether this medication is appropriate to take alongside Zolmitriptan or if another type of treatment may be preferable.
When you first begin taking Zolmitriptan it is possible that you may feel dizzy and as such, it is recommended that you do not drive a car or operate machinery until you have tried it and know how it may affect you.
If you find that you do experience dizziness, ensure you speak to your GP or Click Pharmacy doctor who can advise you as to whether you should try a different medication which may be more suitable for you.
Content reviewed 06 April 2020, Last updated 06 April 2020