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A migraine can cause a loss in wages, school absenteeism, missing out on celebratory events, and a loss of companionship when you may need to sequester yourself in a darkened room for hours or days. Ask your doctor about a prescription for Zomig or generic Zolmitriptan to help reduce the severity of a migraine headache. You may also be recommended to take Zomig for cluster headaches that can occur once every couple of days or up to 8 times per day. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Zomig is classified as a 5HT1-receptor agonist; 5HT refers to a naturally produced chemical in your body called serotonin. You take Zomig at the first sign of a migraine where it targets the serotonin receptor just as the serotonin in your body would do. One of the effects of Zomig or generic Zolmitriptan is to cause blood vessels to constrict to limit the blood flow in your brain that is believed to be, at least in part, a cause of migraine headaches.
It is also believed that Zomig, and other triptans, play a role in stabilizing changes in the activity of brain chemicals that occur during a migraine attack. Zomig will not work to prevent a migraine from happening or reduce the number of attacks a person may have so it’s important to follow the instructions on when to take Zomig.
There are two kinds of migraine headaches; the most common is a migraine without aura. These can come on with no warning signs and appear to have more frequency than a migraine with aura. A migraine with aura can start with visual warnings about 30 minutes before the pain of a migraine starts. The visuals could be flashing or flickering light flashes, zigzag lines or waves, spots, circles, or other shapes and colors. These warnings signs are called migraine prodomes. Some individuals experience nausea and vomiting during an attack, or become sound and light sensitive.
There are some medical conditions that may prevent you from taking Zomig so you should discuss your history with your physician so see if Zomig is the right medication for your situation. List all current OTC and Rx drugs you are taking, including herbal, dietary, and vitamin supplements. Combining Zomig with some medications can change its efficacy or cause an unwanted side effect. Ask your doctor if Zomig is safe to take if you are pregnant, trying to conceive, or are breast feeding.
Zomig should be used to provide relief from a migraine that has already started; it should not be used to try and prevent a migraine. Zomig may make you sleepy and unable to safely drive or operate machinery. Keep all medications out of sight and reach of children and never share your meds with anyone else.