What is Zolmitriptan?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Zolmitriptan is used to treat the symptoms of migraine headache. It is in a class of medications called selective serotonin (5-HT) receptor agonists. It does not prevent migraine headaches. It comes in oral tablet form or as a nasal spray.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Migraine 1359 56
Migraine headaches 157 32
Cluster headaches 9 6
Cluster headaches 6 5
Headaches 6 3

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 11
Moderate 9
Mild 18
None 43

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Zolmitriptan

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dizziness 5
Bad taste in mouth 3
Drowsiness 3
Face tingling 3
Nausea 3
Chest pain 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Zolmitriptan

Dosage Patients Percentage
5mg as needed 5
2.5mg as needed 3
6mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Zolmitriptan

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 66
Doctor's advice 27
Side effects too severe 25
Other 19
Expense 16
Course of treatment ended 8
Change in health plan coverage 7
Personal research 3
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Duration

Currently taking Zolmitriptan

Duration Patients Percentage
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 4

Stopped taking Zolmitriptan

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 33
1 - 6 months 22
6 months - 1 year 19
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 21
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 59
Usually 12
Sometimes 9
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 9
Not at all hard to take 64
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 5
$100-199 6
$50-99 1
$25-49 2
< $25 26
Not specified 41

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Zolmitriptan after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 17
Rizatriptan (Maxalt) 4
Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine (Fioricet) 3
Acetaminophen-isometheptene-dichloralphenazone (Midrin) 2
Eletriptan (Relpax) 2

Show all 14 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Zolmitriptan and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 15
Rizatriptan (Maxalt) 4
Eletriptan (Relpax) 3
Naratriptan (Amerge) 3
Acetaminophen-isometheptene-dichloralphenazone (Midrin) 1

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10 patient evaluations for Zolmitriptan

Jul 1, 2012 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (shakiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 30, 2012 (Started Sep 02, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for atypical migraine)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for migraine)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Be careful not to get trip-ton migraines from taking too many migraine meds too close together.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 15, 2011 (Started Aug 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for migraine)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (nausea and vomiting)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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