What is Zolmitriptan and what is it used for?
Zolmitriptan 2.5 mg Tablets provide effective relief from migraine attacks working quickly at the first sign of symptoms to reduce pain. The active ingredient is zolmitriptan, which is a type of medication known as a triptan. Triptans are specially designed to target migraines and are thought to help relieve migraine headaches by reducing inflammation of the blood vessels in the brain.
Each box of Zolmitriptan Tablets contains 6 tablets that can be bought with a prescription and are suitable for adults between the ages of 18 and 65 years.
What is a migraine?
In The UK, migraine headaches affect approximately 25% of women and 8% of men. The condition is believed to be partially hereditary, meaning a person may be more prone if a blood relative also suffers from the condition.
Several factors can trigger a migraine attack, including;
- a poor diet
- excessive alcohol consumption
- too much caffeine
- not getting enough sleep
- for some women, their monthly period can trigger a migraine attack
A migraine sufferer will likely find that the most severe attacks can completely disrupt their day, causing nausea, light sensitivity, and intense throbbing pain. Many sufferers also experience a heightened intolerance to loud noises and strong smells. Taking Zolmitriptan will help provide relief from these symptoms as well.
Approximately one in every four migraine sufferers will experience some form of pre-migraine warning, which is known as an aura. This can involve visual cues, such as blurred or distorted vision. Alternatively, a sufferer may experience a silent migraine, where the aura occurs but a migraine attack does not follow.
On average, a migraine will last for a few hours, but for some, it can continue for as long as three days. After a migraine has passed, the sufferer may continue to feel fatigued for several subsequent days.
How does Zolmitriptan work?
It isn't fully understood what triggers a migraine, but the associated throbbing pain is thought to be caused by a widening of the blood vessels in the brain. Zolmitriptan belongs to a group of medicines called serotonin agonists. These medicines stimulate the brain's serotonin receptors, which cause the affected blood vessels to narrow, relieving the associated pain.
Zolmitriptan, like other triptans, works best when taken at the onset of an attack. It will also provide a good level of relief if taken during an episode. Triptan medicines are not able to prevent migraines, but they are safe to take in conjunction with other preventative treatments, such as Propranolol.
Alternate OTC (over the counter) Medication for Migraines
There are some over the counter medications that can be used initially to try and combat migraine pain and nausea. Some of the products include;
For more information about what medication can be purchased online to treat migraines please head over to our Advice for Migraines page.