Zomig

 
What is Zomig and why is it prescribed?
Zomig relieves migraine headaches. For most people Zomig provides relief within 2 hours, but it will not abort an attack or reduce the number of headaches you experience. Migraines are thought to be caused by expansion and inflammation of blood vessels in the head. Zomig ends a migraine attack by constricting these blood vessels and reducing inflammation. Zomig is for use only on common and classic migraine headaches. It should not be used for other types of headache, including certain unusual types of migraine. It has not been tested for cluster headaches, a type of severe headache more common among men.

How should you take Zomig?
Follow your doctors directions for taking Zomig. Take Zomig as soon as your first symptoms appear. If the headache comes back after your first dose, you may take a second one 2 hours later. However, if the first dose has no effect at all, do not take a second one unless your doctor advises it, and never take more than 10 milligrams in a day. If taking an orally disintegrating Zomig ZMT tablet, do not remove it from the blister pack until just before use, then immediately place it on your tongue, where it will dissolve in the saliva. Do not break the tablet. Throw away any unused tablets already removed from the blister packaging. Zomig is not for regular use. Take it only when you are having a migraine attack. Store Zomig at room temperature, away from heat, light, and moisture. Throw away any remaining tablets after the expiration date printed on the package. Also discard any leftover medicine if your doctor decides to stop treatment with Zomig.

Are there any Zomig side effects?
Zomig side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. More common Zomig side effects may include chest pain or tightness, cold sensation, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, feeling of heaviness in the chest or elsewhere, indigestion, jaw pain or tightness, nausea, neck pain or tightness, pain, skin tingling, sweating, throat pain or tightness, warm sensation, and weakness. Less common Zomig side effects may include difficulty swallowing, lack of sensation, muscle pain, muscle weakness, and throbbing heartbeat. Rare Zomig side effects may include serious heart conditions including heart attack.

What are the possible food and drug interactions when taking Zomig?
If Zomig is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Be sure to inform your doctor of all the prescription and over the counter medications you are taking. Zomig should never be combined with the following drugs: MAO inhibitors (such as the antidepressant drugs Nardil and Parnate), Ergotamine-type drugs (such as Cafergot, D.H.E. 45 Injection, Ergostat, and Sansert), or Sumatriptan (Imitrex). It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Zomig with Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Cimetidine (Tagamet), Fluoxetine (Prozac), Fluvoxamine (Luvox), Oral contraceptives, Paroxetine (Paxil), Propranolol (Inderal), or Sertraline (Zoloft).

Are there any special warnings about Zomig?
If the first dose of Zomig does not relieve your symptoms, ask your doctor to reevaluate you, migraine may not be the problem. Although the danger is very remote, this type of medication has been known to trigger serious and even life-threatening heart problems in people with heart disease. If you have a heart disorder, make sure the doctor knows about it. Do not take Zomig if you suffer from irregular heartbeat. If you have risk factors for heart disease, your doctor may ask you to take your first dose of Zomig in the office, and may want to monitor you carefully thereafter. Use Zomig with caution if you have liver or kidney disease. These conditions could alter the effect of the drug. If you have a history of seizures, make sure the doctor is aware of it. Also, if you develop any trouble with your eyes, alert your doctor. There is a possibility the problem could be related to Zomig. If you experience pain or tightness in your chest or throat when using Zomig, tell your doctor. If the chest pain is severe or does not go away, seek medical attention immediately. These pains could be symptoms of a previously undetected heart condition. If you develop shortness of breath, wheezing, a throbbing heartbeat, swelling of the eyelids, face, or lips, or a skin rash, skin lumps, or hives after taking Zomig, call your doctor immediately, and do not take any more of the drug without your doctor's approval. If a headache feels different from your usual migraine, check with your doctor before using Zomig. If you must avoid phenylalanine, do not use the orally disintegrating Zomig ZMT tablets, which contain this substance.
 

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