Zomig Nasal Sprayand/or alternativesChemical Ingredient: Zolmitriptan
What is a generic medication?
Generic medications are significantly discounted copies of brand name medication that have the same active ingredients, intended use, dosage, side effects, effects, and route of administration as the original brand name medication. In other words, generic medications have the same pharmacological effects as their brand-name counterparts. Over half of all prescribed medications are for generic medications.
2.5mg/Spray Nasal Spray
No generic is available for Zomig 2.5mg/Spray.
- Manufactured by AstraZeneca Canada Inc
- Product of Canada • Shipped from Canada
- Prescription Required
No generic is available for Zomig 2.5mg/Spray.
Please Note: Zomig 2.5mg Nasal Spray is supplied in packs of 2 single-use nasal spray units.
5mg/Spray Nasal Spray
- Manufactured by AstraZeneca Canada Inc
- Product of United Kingdom • Shipped from United Kingdom
- Prescription Required
- Marketed as Zolmist Nasal Spray in India
- Manufactured by Cipla
- Product of India • Shipped from India
- Prescription Required
Please Note: Zomig 5mg Nasal Spray is supplied in packs of 6 single-use nasal spray units.
Zomig Nasal Spray Drug Information
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Zomig Drug Information
Zomig Nasal Spray Overview
Zolmitriptan is used to treat migraines. It helps to relieve headache, pain, and other migraine symptoms (including nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light/sound). Prompt treatment helps you return to your normal routine and may decrease your need for other pain medications. Zolmitriptan belongs to a class of drugs known as triptans. It affects a certain natural substance (serotonin) that causes narrowing of blood vessels in the brain. It may also relieve pain by affecting certain nerves in the brain. Zolmitriptan does not prevent future migraines or lessen how often you get migraine attacks.
How to Use Zomig Nasal Spray
Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start using zolmitriptan spray and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Use Zomig Nasal Spray at the first sign of a migraine as directed by your doctor, usually 1 spray into one nostril. Avoid spraying into your eyes. Blow your nose gently before using Zomig Nasal Spray. Remove the protective cap, and block one nostril by pressing firmly on either side of your nose. Place the tip of the spray device into the other nostril and breathe in gently as you press the plunger. Keep your head tilted slightly back, remove the tip from your nose, and breathe gently through your mouth for 5 to 10 seconds. Your nose may feel wet inside and you may notice a slight taste after using the spray. This is normal. If there is no improvement in your symptoms, do not take more doses of Zomig Nasal Spray before talking to your doctor. If your symptoms are only partly relieved, or if your headache comes back, you may use another dose at least two hours after the first dose. Do not use more than 10 milligrams in a 24-hour period. The Dosage of Zomig Nasal Spray is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, and other medications you may be taking. Be sure to tell your doctor about all the products you use, including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products. If you have a higher risk for heart problems (see Precautions), your doctor may perform a heart exam before you start taking zolmitriptan. He/she may also direct you to take your first dose of Zomig Nasal Spray in the office/clinic to monitor for serious side effects (such as chest pain). Talk to your doctor for details. If you are using drugs for migraine attacks on 10 or more days each month, the drugs may actually make your headaches worse (medication overuse headache). Do not use medications more often or for longer than directed. Tell your doctor if you need to use Zomig Nasal Spray more often, or if the medication is not working as well, or if your headaches get worse.
Zomig Nasal Spray Precautions
Before using zolmitriptan, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. Zomig Nasal Spray may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using Zomig Nasal Spray, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,blood circulation problems (for example, in your legs, arms/hands, or stomach), certain types of headaches (hemiplegic or basilar migraine), heart problems (such as chest pain, irregular heartbeat, previous heart attack), liver disease, seizure, stroke or "mini-stroke" (transient ischemic attack). Certain conditions can increase your risk for heart problems. Tell your doctor if you have any of these conditions,high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, family history of heart disease, overweight, smoker, postmenopausal (women), age more than 40 years (men). Zomig Nasal Spray may make you dizzy or drowsy. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis). Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). The risk of heart disease, liver disease, and high blood pressure increases with age. Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of Zomig Nasal Spray, especially increased blood pressure and heart problems. During pregnancy, Zomig Nasal Spray should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is unknown if Zomig Nasal Spray passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Zomig Nasal Spray Misdose
Not applicable. (See How to Use section.)
Zomig Nasal Spray Interactions
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval. Taking MAO inhibitors with Zomig Nasal Spray may cause a serious (possibly fatal) drug interaction. Do not take any MAO inhibitors (isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue, moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, rasagiline, safinamide, selegiline, tranylcypromine) during treatment with Zomig Nasal Spray. Most MAO inhibitors should also not be taken for two weeks before treatment with Zomig Nasal Spray. Ask your doctor when to start or stop taking Zomig Nasal Spray. The risk of serotonin syndrome/toxicity increases if you are also taking other drugs that increase serotonin. Examples include street drugs such as MDMA/"ecstasy," St. John's wort, certain antidepressants (including SSRIs such as fluoxetine/paroxetine, SNRIs such as duloxetine/venlafaxine), among others. The risk of serotonin syndrome/toxicity may be more likely when you start or increase the dose of these drugs. If you also take any ergotamine medication (such as dihydroergotamine) or other "triptan" drugs (such as sumatriptan, rizatriptan), you will need to separate your zolmitriptan dose from your dose of these other medications to lessen the chance of serious side effects. Ask your doctor how long you should wait between your doses of these drugs.
Zomig Nasal Spray Side Effects
What are Zomig Nasal Spray side effects?
Side effects are physical, mental or emotional symptoms which occur in addition to or outside of the desired effect of a therapeutic treatment such as an over-the-counter or prescribed drug or medication. Side effects from Zomig Nasal Spray may occur at the beginning or at the end of treatment and may also depend on the length of time an individual remains on the treatment. Side effects, also known as adverse effects, are generally more likely to occur when starting treatment. Individuals may also experience side effects from Zomig Nasal Spray as a result of an interaction with other medications.
Side Effects of Zomig Nasal Spray
The side effects of Zomig Nasal Spray may vary in number and intensity for many different reasons. Factors such as age, weight, gender and ethnicity may influence the side effects of Zomig Nasal Spray. Also, an individual’s state of general physical health and seriousness of the disease or illness as well as an increase or decrease in dosage may lead to side effects. Further, side effects from Zomig Nasal Spray may also occur as a result of an interaction with certain herbal supplements, foods or drinks.
Prescription drug side effects can be serious and may cause patients to stop the treatment. However, when side effects from the use of a prescription drug, such as Zomig Nasal Spray, do occur a patient should consult their physician. A physician may prescribe an additional treatment in order to control the symptoms or an adjustment in the dosage may be made. In addition, changes to diet, exercise or other lifestyle activities may help to lessen the side effects of Zomig Nasal Spray.
By understanding side effects and the factors which may influence the occurrence of side effects patients are empowered to take an active role in their care. Patients who have specific questions about the side effects of Zomig Nasal Spray, or any other medication, should contact their physician. General information about Zomig Nasal Spray and the side effects associated with Zomig Nasal Spray are described in the following:
Common Zomig Nasal Spray Side Effects
Less Frequent Zomig Nasal Spray Side Effects
- sore throat
- nasal passage irritation
- general weakness
- facial edema
- sensation of warmth
Rare or Very Rare Zomig Nasal Spray Side Effects
- acute myocardial infarction
- coronary artery spasm
- myocardial ischemia
- ventricular tachycardia
- ventricular fibrillation
- splenic infarction
- chest tightness
- hypersensitivity drug reaction
- serotonin syndrome
- intracerebral hemorrhage
- cerebrovascular accident
- subarachnoid intracranial hemorrhage
- peripheral vascular disease
- ischemic bowel disease
- throat constriction
- abdominal pain with cramps
- neck stiffness
- jaw pain
- visual changes
- Raynaud's phenomenon
- medication overuse headache
Zomig Nasal Spray Storage
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Each spray device contains one dose; discard after using. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard Zomig Nasal Spray when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
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