Zolmitriptan belongs to a class of medicines called selective serotonin 5-HT1B/1D receptor agonists known as "triptans" for short.
Triptans are very effective in stopping a migraine from reaching its full intensity.
When taken at the onset of a migraine, Zolmitriptan can effectively stop a migraine from developing and thus prevent any disruption to the patients life beyond that point.
Usually a single dose of Zolmitriptan is enough stop a migraine.
Usual Dose for migraine: One Tablet to be taken at the onset (beginning) of a Migraine. Do not use to prevent migraine.
The usual starting dose is 2.5mg of zolmitriptan.
If a 2.5mg dose did not give you enough help with your migraine then the dose can be increased to 5mg.
The maximum daily dose is 10mg zolmitriptan.
Do not take more than 2 doses of Zolmitriptan in a 24-hour period.
Always wait at least 2 hours between doses.
If your condition worsens, seek medical attention.
If you take more tablets than you should or someone accidentally swallows some, contact your doctor or go to the nearest hospital straight away. Take the medicine pack and any remaining tablets with you so that the doctor knows what has been taken.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Some of the symptoms below could be part of the migraine attack itself.
If you experience any of the side effects listed below stop taking the medication and seek the doctor immediately
common: may affect up to 1 in 10 people
For a full list of side effects CLICK HERE
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
Always read the patient information leaflet before commencing treatment.