What is Zomig?
Zomig Nasal Spray contains the active ingredient Zolmitriptan which is a 5HT1 receptor antagonist used in some patients who suffer from a clear diagnosis of migraine attacks that do not respond adequately to analgesic medications.
How does Zomig Nasal Spray work?
Zomig Nasal Spray is used to treat an acute migraine attack (with or without an aura), through acting on 5HT1 receptors in the brain to help deal with factors that contribute towards the development of a migraine attack such as blood flow and trigeminal nerve activity.
How do I use Zomig Nasal Spray?
It should be taken at a dose of 1 spray (5mg) into one nostril as soon as possible after onset, repeated not less than 2 hours if headache recurs (max 10mg in 24 hours). If you do not respond to the first dose, it is unlikely that the second dose will be beneficial for treating the same attack.
What are the cautions related to Zomig use?
Although Zomig Nasal Spray is a commonly prescribed medication in the UK but it may not be suitable for everyone. This medication should not be used by people suffering from certain conditions and those taking particular medications.
You should always read the patient information leaflet (PIL) for Zomig Nasal Spray before taking this medication to ensure it is safe for you to use.
What are the side effects of Zomig Nasal Spray?
Zomig Nasal Spray like all medications can be associated with certain side effects although not all patients would experience these.
Common Zomig Nasal Spray Side Effects include:
- Drowsiness or dizziness, which may affect the performance of skilled tasks (e.g. driving)
- Abnormal sensations in the fingers and toes
- Dry mouth
- Muscle weakness or pain
- Feeling sick or being sick
For more information about the side effects associated with this medication please contact PostMyMeds or see the patient information leaflet (PIL).
What alternatives are available?
There are many different 5HT1-receptor agonists (Triptans) used to treat migraine attacks, including Sumatriptan (Imigran), Rizaptriptan (Maxalt) and Zolmitriptan (Zomig).
These medications are also available in various formulations such as nasal sprays, oral wafers and orodispersible tabets. If you do not respond to one, an alternate 5HT1-receptor agonist or formulation may be used.
Where can I find more information on Migraines & Zomig Nasal Spray?
Please refer to the patient information leaflet (PIL) for more information on Sumatriptan. You can also find more information on Migraines on the Conditions category page.