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 173 55
Migraine headaches 89 30
Cluster headaches 9 6
Cluster headaches 5 5
Migraine with aura 5 1

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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 10
Moderate 9
Mild 17
None 41

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
2.5mg as needed 7
5mg as needed 6
2.5 mg every other week 1
1mg as needed 1
2 5mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Zolmitriptan

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 63
Doctor's advice 24
Side effects too severe 24
Other 16
Expense 14
Change in health plan coverage 7
Course of treatment ended 7
Personal research 3
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Duration

Currently taking Zolmitriptan

Duration Patients Percentage
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 4

Stopped taking Zolmitriptan

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 32
1 - 6 months 22
6 months - 1 year 18
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 20
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 56
Usually 11
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 8
Not at all hard to take 61
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 5
$100-199 6
$50-99 1
$25-49 2
< $25 23
Not specified 40

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Zolmitriptan after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 15
Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine (Fioricet) 3
Rizatriptan (Maxalt) 3
Eletriptan (Relpax) 2
Acetaminophen-isometheptene-dichloralphenazone (Midrin) 1

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Patients stopped taking Zolmitriptan and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 10
Eletriptan (Relpax) 3
Naratriptan (Amerge) 3
Rizatriptan (Maxalt) 2
Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine (Fioricet) 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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