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 168 54
Migraine headaches 85 26
Atypical migraine 12 2
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
Severe 9
Moderate 9
Mild 16
None 38

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Zolmitriptan

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 4
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
5mg as needed 10
2.5mg as needed 5
5 mg weekly 1
2.5 mg daily 1
5 mg three times daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Zolmitriptan

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 62
Doctor's advice 24
Side effects too severe 24
Other 17
Expense 13
Change in health plan coverage 7
Course of treatment ended 7
Personal research 3
See all 121 patients who've stopped taking Zolmitriptan

Duration

Currently taking Zolmitriptan

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 3

Stopped taking Zolmitriptan

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 30
1 - 6 months 25
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 19
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 53
Usually 11
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 7
Not at all hard to take 58
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 6
$50-99 1
$25-49 2
< $25 22
Not specified 36

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Zolmitriptan after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 15
Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine (Fioricet) 3
Rizatriptan (Maxalt) 3
Eletriptan (Relpax) 2
Sumatriptan subcutaneous (Imitrex Statdose) 2

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Patients stopped taking Zolmitriptan and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 9
Naratriptan (Amerge) 4
Eletriptan (Relpax) 2
Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine (Fioricet) 1
Diclofenac (Voltaren Gel) 1

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching to

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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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