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Pharmacology: Pharmacodynamics: In pre-clinical studies, zolmitriptan has been demonstrated to be a selective agonist for the vascular human recombinant 5HT1B and 5HT1D receptor subtypes. Zolmitriptan is a high affinity 5HT1B/1D receptor agonist with modest affinity for 5HT1A receptors. Zolmitriptan has no significant affinity (as measured by radioligand-binding assays) or pharmacological activity at 5HT2-, 5HT3-, 5HT4-, alpha1-, alpha2- or beta1-, adrenergic; H1-, H2-, histaminic; muscarinic; dopaminergic1, or dopaminergic2 receptors.
It has been demonstrated that the pain sensitive structures of the cranial cavity in humans are the blood vessels and the vasculature of the dura mater.
These tissues are innervated by trigeminal afferent fibres. In animal models, the administration of zolmitriptan with its agonist activity on the vascular 5HT1 receptors causes vasoconstriction associated with an inhibition of the release of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide (VIP) and substance P. These two events, vasoconstriction and inhibition of neuropeptide release are thought to cause relief from the migraine attack, as reflected by an onset of pain relief within 1 hour of administration and relief of nausea and vomiting, photophobia and phonophobia associated with migraine.
In addition to these peripheral actions, zolmitriptan has action on the central nervous system allowing access to both the peripheral and migraine centres in the brain stem which may explain the consistent effect over a series of attacks in a single patient. Vasodilatation is achieved with the activation of a reflex pathway mediated by trigeminal orthodromic fibres and parasympathetic innervation of the cerebral circulation via the release of VIP as a main effector transmitter. Zolmitriptan blocks this reflex pathway and the release of VIP.
Pharmacokinetics: Zolmitriptan is rapidly and well absorbed (at least 64%) after oral administration to man. The mean absolute bioavailability of the parent compound is approximately 40%. There is an active metabolite (183C91, the N-desmethyl metabolite) which is also a 5HT1B/1D agonist and is 2 to 6 times as potent, in animal models, as zolmitriptan.
In healthy subjects, when given as a single dose, zolmitriptan and its active metabolite 183C91, display dose-proportional AUC and Cmax over the dose range 2.5 to 50 mg. Absorption is rapid with 75% of Cmax achieved within 1 hour and plasma concentrations are sustained subsequently for 4 to 6 hours. Zolmitriptan absorption is unaffected by the presence of food. There is no evidence of accumulation on multiple dosing of zolmitriptan.
Zolmitriptan is eliminated largely by hepatic biotransformation followed by urinary excretion of the metabolites. There are three major metabolites: the indole acetic acid (the major metabolite in plasma and urine), the N-oxide and N-desmethyl analogues. The N-desmethylated metabolite (183C91) is active whilst the others are not. Plasma concentrations of 183C91 are approximately half those of the parent drug, hence, it would therefore be expected to contribute to the therapeutic action of Zomig. Over 60% of a single oral dose is excreted in the urine (mainly as the indoleacetic acid metabolite) and about 30% in faeces mainly as unchanged parent compound.
A study to evaluate the effect of liver disease on the pharmacokinetics of zolmitriptan showed that the AUC and Cmax were increased by 94% and 50% respectively, in patients with moderate liver disease and by 226% and 47% in patients with severe liver disease, compared with healthy volunteers. Exposure to the metabolites, including the active metabolite, was decreased. For the 183C91 metabolite, AUC and Cmax were reduced by 33% and 44% with moderate liver disease and by 82% and 90% in patients with severe liver disease.
The plasma half-life (t½) of zolmitriptan was 4.7 hours in healthy volunteers, 7.3 hours in patients with moderate liver disease and 12 hours in those with severe liver disease. The corresponding t½ values for the 183C91 metabolite were 5.7 hours, 7.5 hours and 7.8 hours, respectively.
Following intravenous administration, the mean total plasma clearance is approximately 10 mL/min/kg, of which one third is renal clearance.
Renal clearance is greater than glomerular filtration rate suggesting renal tubular secretion. The volume of distribution following IV administration is 2.4 L/kg. Plasma protein binding is low (approximately 25%). The mean elimination half-life of zolmitriptan is 2.5 to 3 hours. The half-lives of its metabolites are similar, suggesting their elimination is formation-rate limited.
Renal clearance of zolmitriptan and its metabolites is reduced (7-8 fold) in patients with moderate to severe renal impairment compared to healthy subjects, although the AUC of the parent compound and the active metabolite were only slightly higher (16 and 35%, respectively) with a 1 hour increase in half-life to 3 to 3.5 hours. These parameters are within the ranges seen in healthy volunteers.
In a small group of healthy individuals, there was no pharmacokinetic interaction with ergotamine. Concomitant administration of Zomig with ergotamine/caffeine was well tolerated and did not result in any increase in adverse events or blood pressure changes as compared to Zomig alone.
Selegiline, a MAO-B inhibitor and fluoxetine, a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI), had no effect on the pharmacokinetic parameters of zolmitriptan.
The pharmacokinetics of zolmitriptan in healthy elderly subjects were similar to those in healthy young volunteers.
Zomig is indicated for the acute treatment of migraine with or without aura.
Dosage/Direction for Use
The recommended dose of Zomig to treat a migraine attack is 2.5 mg.
If symptoms persist or return within 24 hours, a second dose has been shown to be effective. If a second dose is required, it should not be taken within 2 hours of the initial dose.
If a patient does not achieve satisfactory relief with 2.5 mg doses, subsequent attacks can be treated with 5 mg doses of Zomig.
Significant efficacy is apparent within 1 hour of dosing.
Zomig is equally effective whenever the tablets are taken during a migraine attack; although it is advisable that Zomig tablets are taken as early as possible after the onset of migraine headache.
In the event of recurrent attacks, it is recommended that the total intake of Zomig, in a 24 hour period, should not exceed 10 mg.
Zomig is not indicated for prophylaxis of migraine.
Use in Patient Subgroups: Zomig is consistently effective in migraine, with or without aura, and in menstrually associated migraine. The efficacy of Zomig is also unaffected by gender, pre-treatment nausea and concomitant use of common prophylactic migraine drugs.
Use in Children (under 12 years of age): Safety and efficacy of zolmitriptan tablets in paediatric patients have not been evaluated. Use of Zomig in children is therefore not recommended.
Adolescents (12 - 17 years of age): The efficacy of Zomig tablets was not demonstrated in a placebo controlled clinical trial for patients aged 12 to 17 years. Use of Zomig tablets in adolescents is therefore not recommended.
Use in Patients Aged Over 65 years: Safety and efficacy of Zomig in individuals aged over 65 years have not been systematically evaluated.
Patients with Hepatic Impairment: Metabolism is reduced in patients with hepatic impairment (see Pharmacology: Pharmacokinetics under Actions). Therefore for patients with moderate or severe hepatic impairment a maximum dose of 5 mg in 24 hours is recommended.
Patients with Renal Impairment: No dosage adjustment required (see Pharmacology: Pharmacokinetics under Actions).
Volunteers receiving single oral doses of 50 mg commonly experienced sedation.
The elimination half-life of zolmitriptan tablets is 2.5 to 3 hours, (see Pharmacology: Pharmacokinetics under Actions) and therefore monitoring of patients after overdose with Zomig tablets should continue for at least 15 hours or while symptoms or signs persist.
There is no specific antidote to zolmitriptan. In cases of severe intoxication, intensive care procedures are recommended, including establishing and maintaining a patent airway, ensuring adequate oxygenation and ventilation, and monitoring and support of the cardiovascular system.
It is unknown what effect haemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis has on the serum concentrations of zolmitriptan.
Zomig is contraindicated in patients with: Known hypersensitivity to any component of the product. Uncontrolled hypertension. Ischaemic heart disease. Coronary vasospasm/Prinzmetal's angina. A history of cerebrovascular accident (CVA) or transient ischaemic attack (TIA). Concomitant administration of Zomig with ergotamine or ergotamine derivatives or other 5-HT1 receptor agonists.
Special Precautions
Zomig should only be used where a clear diagnosis of migraine has been established. Care should be taken to exclude other potentially serious neurological conditions. There are no data on the use of Zomig in hemiplegic or basilar migraine. Migraneurs may be at risk of certain cerebrovascular events. Cerebral haemorrhage, subarachnoid haemorrhage, stroke and other cerebrovascular events have been reported in patients treated with 5HT1B/1D agonists.
Zomig should not be given to patients with symptomatic Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome or arrhythmias associated with other cardiac accessory conduction pathways.
In very rare cases, this class of compounds (5HT1B/1D agonists), has been associated with coronary vasospasm, angina pectoris and myocardial infarction. In patients with risk factors for ischaemic heart disease, cardiovascular evaluation prior to commencement of treatment with this class of compounds, including Zomig, is recommended (see Contraindications). These evaluations, however, may not identify every patient who has cardiac disease, and in very rare cases, serious cardiac events have occurred in patients without underlying cardiovascular disease.
As with other 5HT1B/1D agonists, atypical sensations over the precordium (see Adverse Reactions) have been reported after the administration of zolmitriptan. If chest pain or symptoms consistent with ischaemic heart disease occur, no further doses of zolmitriptan should be taken until after appropriate medical evaluation has been carried out.
As with other 5HT1B/1D agonists, transient increases in systemic blood pressure have been reported in patients with and without a history of hypertension; very rarely these increases in blood pressure have been associated with significant clinical events.
As with other 5HT1B/1D agonists, there have been rare reports of anaphylaxis/anaphylactoid reactions in patients receiving Zomig.
Excessive use of an acute anti-migraine medicinal product may lead to an increased frequency of headache, potentially requiring withdrawal of treatment.
Serotonin Syndrome has been reported with combined use of triptans, and Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) and Serotonin Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs). Serotonin Syndrome is a potentially life-threatening condition, and it may include signs and symptoms such as: mental status changes (e.g. agitation, hallucinations, coma), autonomic instability, (e.g. tachycardia, labile blood-pressure, hyperthermia), neuromuscular aberrations (e.g. hyperreflexia, in-coordination), and/or gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g. nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea). Careful observation of the patient is advised, if concomitant treatment with Zomig and an SSRI or SNRI is clinically warranted, particularly during treatment initiation and dosage increases (see Interactions).
Effect on Ability to Drive and Use Machinery: There was no significant impairment of performance of psychomotor tests with doses up to 20 mg Zomig. Use is unlikely to result in an impairment of the ability of patients to drive or operate machinery. However, it should be taken into account that somnolence may occur.
Use In Pregnancy & Lactation
Use in Pregnancy: Zomig should be used in pregnancy only if the benefits to the mother justify potential risk to the foetus. There are no studies in pregnant women, but there is no evidence of teratogenicity in animal studies.
Use in Lactation: Studies have shown that zolmitriptan passes into the milk of lactating animals. No data exist for passage of zolmitriptan into human breast milk. Therefore, caution should be exercised when administering Zomig to women who are breast-feeding.
Adverse Reactions
Zomig is well tolerated. Adverse reactions are typically mild/moderate, transient, not serious and resolve spontaneously without additional treatment.
Possible adverse reactions tend to occur within 4 hours of dosing and are no more frequent following repeated dosing.
The incidences of ADRs associated with Zomig therapy are tabulated below according to the format recommended by the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS III Working Group; 1995).

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Drug Interactions
There is no evidence that concomitant use of migraine prophylactic medications has any effect on the efficacy or unwanted effects of Zomig (for example beta blockers, oral dihydroergotamine, pizotifen).
The pharmacokinetics and tolerability of Zomig were unaffected by acute symptomatic treatments such as paracetamol, metoclopramide and ergotamine. Concomitant administration of other 5HT1B/1D agonists within 24 hours of Zomig treatment, should be avoided.
Data from healthy subjects suggest there are no pharmacokinetic or clinically significant interactions between Zomig and ergotamine, however, the increased risk of coronary vasospasm is a theoretical possibility. Therefore, it is advised to wait at least 24 hours following the use of ergotamine containing preparations before administering Zomig. Conversely it is advised to wait at least six hours following use of Zomig before administering any ergotamine preparation (see Contraindications).
Following administration of moclobemide, a specific MAO-A inhibitor, there was a small increase (26%) in AUC for zolmitriptan and a 3 fold increase in AUC of the active metabolite. Therefore, a maximum intake of 5 mg Zomig in 24 hours is recommended in patients taking a MAO-A inhibitor.
Following the administration of cimetidine, a general P450 inhibitor, the half-life of zolmitriptan was increased by 44% and the AUC increased by 48%. In addition, the half-life and AUC of the active, N-desmethylated, metabolite (183C91) were doubled. A maximum dose of 5 mg Zomig in 24 hours is recommended in patients taking cimetidine. Based on the overall interaction profile, an interaction with inhibitors of the cytochrome P450 isoenzyme CYP1A2 cannot be excluded. Therefore, the same dosage reduction is recommended with compounds of this type, such as fluvoxamine and the quinolone antibiotics (e.g. ciprofloxacin). Following the administration of rifampicin, no clinically relevant differences in the pharmacokinetics of zolmitriptan or its active metabolite were observed.
As with other 5HT1B/1D agonists, there is the potential for dynamic interactions with the herbal remedy St John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) which may result in an increase in undesirable effects.
Do not store above 30°C.
ATC Classification
N02CC03 - zolmitriptan ; Belongs to the class of selective serotonin (5HT1) agonists preparations. Used to relieve migraine.
Tab 2.5 mg x 6's.
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