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Effects of Zolmitriptan

In previous studies, 59 percent to 67 percent of people with migraines had no (or mild) pain within two hours of taking zolmitriptan tablets, compared to only 16 percent to 44 percent of people who did not take zolmitriptan. Similar results were seen in studies of the orally disintegrating tablets and nasal spray.

When and How to Take It

Some general considerations for when and how to take this product include:
  • Zolmitriptan comes in regular tablets and as orally disintegrating tablets that dissolve in the mouth quickly. It also comes in a nasal spray.
  • It should be taken as soon as possible once a migraine starts.
  • Swallow the tablets whole with a drink of water or other fluids. The orally disintegrating tablets should be placed on the tongue, where they will be quickly dissolved. The orally disintegrating tablets do not need to be taken with water.
  • Each zolmitriptan nasal spray device contains only one dose of zolmitriptan. Spray the dose into one nostril while pressing on the other side of your nose, tilting your head back slightly and breathing in gently through your nose. After the spray, keep your head back and breathe gently through your mouth for about five seconds.
  • If your headache comes back or does not go away, your healthcare provider may recommend taking a second dose of zolmitriptan after waiting at least two hours from the time you took the first dose. Let your healthcare provider know if the drug does not work completely after one dose.
  • For the medicine to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.

Dosing With Zolmitriptan

The dosage your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
  • How you respond to zolmitriptan
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may be currently taking.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Zolmitriptan Dosing for more information.)
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