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Zolmitriptan is a prescription drug that has been approved to relieve symptoms of migraine headaches. The medication works by causing blood vessels in the head to return to their normal state after dilating during a migraine. Side effects of this product can include nausea, dizziness, and an unusual taste.

What Is Zolmitriptan?

Zolmitriptan (Zomig®) is a prescription medication that is used to treat migraine headaches. The medicine will not help to prevent migraines, but it can help to treat a migraine that has already started.
In addition to zolmitriptan tablets, zolmitriptan nasal spray and orally disintegrating tablets (which dissolve in the mouth) are also available.
(Click What Is Zolmitriptan Used For? for more information on what the drug is used for, including possible off-label uses.)

Side Effects

As with any medicine, there are possible side effects with zolmitriptan. However, not everyone who takes zolmitriptan will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it well. When side effects occur, in most cases they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
Some of the most common side effects of zolmitriptan include:
  • Unusual taste (for zolmitriptan nasal spray)
  • Dizziness
  • Abnormal sensations such as tingling, burning, or pricking (paresthesia)
  • Neck pain, jaw pain, or throat pain (or tightness or pressure)
  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Drowsiness.
(Click Side Effects of Zolmitriptan to learn about the specific side effects of this medication, including serious side effects to look out for. You can also read about other possible side effects by going to:
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