Zolmist Nasal Spray 5 mg is commonly used to treat migraines. It also helps to relieve headaches, pain, and others. Doctors may also prescribe this medicine to lessen other symptoms such as sensitivity to light or sound, nausea, and vomiting. The active ingredient of Zolmist Nasal Spray 5 mg is Zolmitriptan. Nonetheless, it also contains other inactive ingredients such as citric acid, disodium phosphate, purified water, and others. Zolmist Nasal Spray 5 mg belongs to the class of medications called selective serotonin receptor agonists. It works by narrowing the blood vessels in the brain, which helps to treat migraines and relieve the symptoms.
The manufacturer of Zolmist Nasal Spray 5 mg is Cipla Ltd.
How to Use Zolmist Nasal Spray 5 mg?
- Tilt your head slightly back, place the tip of the spray device into your nostril, and place one spray of medicine.
- Blow gently your nose after using Zolmist Nasal Spray 5 mg.
- If symptoms are partly relieved or headaches return, you can use another dose of this medicine at least two hours after the first dose.
- Avoid getting this medicine in your eyes. However, if you get this medicine in the eye, rinse with large amounts of water immediately. If irritation of the eye lasts, talk with a doctor.
Usually, one spray into the nostril daily is considered the recommended dose. Do not use this medicine more often than is allowed because it will not treat your condition faster. To get a better effect from this medicine, you should use it at a fixed time every day.
In case you are using another form of Zolmitriptan (such as tablets), you should administer the pill with a glass full of water. Avoid other beverages such as alcohol because it may increase your risk of adverse effects. While swallowing, you should not crush, break, or chew the tablet. Otherwise, you may notice an unpleasant taste in your mouth.
Doctors usually prescribe different dosages for their patients. It depends on your response to therapy, other medicines you may be using, age, weight, and the severity of your health condition. In case you are not sure what dosage is better for you, avoid using this medicine or talk with a doctor. Additionally, keep taking this drug even if you feel well because if you stop the treatment suddenly without the doctor’s approval, symptoms may return. Therefore, your condition may become worse or more difficult to treat.
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In case you miss a dose, it is advised to administer it as soon as you remember. However, if it is too close to the time for the next dose, just skip the missed dose and continue the regular treatment as prescribed by the doctor. If you are taking an increased dose of Zolmitriptan the next time to catch up, you should know that you may experience severe adverse effects.
In rare cases, if you are using Zolmist Nasal Spray 5 mg more often than is prescribed by your doctor, you may experience an overdose. Stop taking this medicine and get medical help immediately, if you experience any of the following symptoms. Examples include severe dizziness, shortness of breath, passing out, irregular heartbeat, and others. Talk with a doctor for more details.
Adverse Effects of Zolmist Nasal Spray 5 mg
You may notice some side effects while you are on treatment with Zolmist Nasal Spray 5 mg. Any of the following side effects may disappear in case your body adjusts to Zolmitriptan. Overdose, allergy, and dehydration are some factors that can provoke adverse effects.
Common Adverse Effects
Usually, patients can continue using Zolmist Nasal Spray 5 mg safely even if they experience any of the following side effects. However, it is advised to inform your doctor if you experience one or both of them at the same time. Check some examples below:
- Dry mouth
- Unusual taste
- Discomfort in the nose
Severe Adverse Effects
You may rarely notice this category of adverse effects. Interrupt using Zolmist Nasal Spray 5 mg and get medical help immediately if you experience any of the following adverse reactions. Moreover, your physician may be able to help you to prevent or avoid side effects. Check below some examples:
- Blue fingers, toes, or nails
- Cold hands or feet
- Bloody diarrhea
- Sudden vision changes
- Speaking problems
- Chest pain
This article does not contain all possible adverse effects. Tell your doctor if you experience any of the adverse reactions listed above or any other effects.
Zolmitriptan may interact with some substances and medicines and decrease the effectiveness of Zolmist Nasal Spray 5 mg or even increase your risk of adverse effects. Therefore, you should inform your physician about all products that you are using before taking this drug. Examples include prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, herbal products, vitamins, supplements, and others. Check some examples of drug interaction below:
- Methylene blue
- St. John’s Wort
- Street drugs (such as MDMA, ecstasy, and others)
Discuss with your physician before using this medicine because this document does not contain a full list of drug interactions. Additionally, it is not allowed to start, stop, or change the dosages without the doctor’s approval because you may experience undesired results.
Inform your doctor if you experience any of the following medical conditions before using Zolmist Nasal Spray 5 mg. For example:
- Liver disease
- Transient ischemic attack
- Heart problems (such as irregular heartbeat, recent myocardial infarction, chest pain, and others)
- Blood circulation problems
Zolmitriptan may temporarily blur your vision or may make you drowsy or dizzy. Limit or avoid alcoholic drinks and marijuana (cannabis) during treatment because the symptoms listed above may increase. You should avoid driving and operating heavy machinery until your vision becomes clear. Otherwise, it may be harmful to you.
Zolmist Nasal Spray 5 mg may be used during pregnancy, with the doctor’s approval only. Moreover, you should discuss with a doctor if you are a breastfeeding mother because it is unknown if this medicine passes into breast milk.
- This medication should be stored in dry and cool places away from direct sunlight. Do not keep Zolmist Nasal Spray 5 mg in the bathroom.
- Keep away Zolmitriptan from the reach of children and pets because it may be harmful to them.