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 163 53
Migraine headaches 78 24
Atypical Migraine 11 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 8
Moderate 9
Mild 17
None 36

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Zolmitriptan

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 4
Bad taste in mouth 3
Drowsiness 3
Face tingling 3
Chest pain 2
Dry mouth 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Zolmitriptan

Dosage Patients
5mg as needed 7
2.5mg as needed 6
2.5 mg weekly 1
2.5 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Zolmitriptan

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 60
Doctor's advice 24
Side effects too severe 23
Other 15
Expense 12
Change in health plan coverage 6
Course of treatment ended 6
Personal research 3
See all 117 patients who’ve stopped taking Zolmitriptan

Duration

Currently taking Zolmitriptan

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 5

Stopped taking Zolmitriptan

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 31
1 - 6 months 25
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 17
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 53
Usually 9
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 7
Not at all hard to take 57
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 6
$50-99 1
$25-49 2
< $25 20
Not specified 36

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Zolmitriptan after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 11
Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine (Fioricet) 2
Rizatriptan (Maxalt) 2
Sumatriptan subcutaneous (Imitrex Statdose) 2
Acetaminophen-isometheptene-dichloralphenazone (Midrin) 1

Show all 11 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Zolmitriptan and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 7
Naratriptan (Amerge) 2
Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine (Fioricet) 1
Rizatriptan (Maxalt) 1
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9 patient evaluations for Zolmitriptan

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Amtee
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Amtee
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Most
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: Little
external_stress: Some
Stickman: all
Description:F46y
FM:12y Dx
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See Amtee's full Zolmitriptan history

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
tigger13039
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tigger13039
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See tigger13039's full Zolmitriptan history

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
KatB
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KatB
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 41
Condition: Dermatomyositis 42 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: vb
I have:
Dermatomyositis

See KatB's full Zolmitriptan history

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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