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1. Name of the medicinal product

Zomig 2.5 mg Tablets

2. Qualitative and quantitative composition

Each tablet contains 2.5 mg of zolmitriptan.

Excipient(s) with known effect

Each tablet contains 100 mg lactose anhydrous.

For the full list of excipients, see Section 6.1.

3. Pharmaceutical form

Tablets.

4. Clinical particulars
4.1 Therapeutic indications

Zomig is indicated for the acute treatment of migraine with or without aura.

4.2 Posology and method of administration

Posology

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.

In those patients who respond, 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 is 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.

Paediatric population (under 12 years of age)

The safety and efficacy of Zomig tablets in children aged 0-12 years has not yet been established. No data are available. 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.

Elderly

Safety and efficacy of Zomig in individuals aged over 65 years have not been systematically evaluated.

Hepatic impairment

Metabolism is reduced in patients with hepatic impairment (see Section 5.2). Therefore for patients with moderate or severe hepatic impairment a maximum dose of 5 mg in 24 hours is recommended.

Renal impairment

No dosage adjustment required (see Section 5.2).

Method of administration

To be taken by oral administration.

4.3 Contraindications

• Hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients listed in Section 6.1.

• 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.

4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

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. Migraineurs 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, as with other 5HT 1B/1D agonists, coronary vasospasm, angina pectoris and myocardial infarction have been reported. 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 Section 4.3). 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 5HT 1B/1D agonists, atypical sensations over the precordium (see Section 4.8) 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 Section 4.5).

Zomig contains lactose. Patients with rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, the Lapp lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption should not take this medicine.

4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

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, and 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 Section 4.3).

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 an 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).

Fluoxetine does not affect the pharmacokinetic parameters of zolmitriptan. Therapeutic doses of the specific serotonin reuptake inhibitors, fluoxetine, sertraline, paroxetine and citalopram do not inhibit CYP1A2. However, Serotonin Syndrome has been reported during combined use of triptans, and SSRIs (e.g. fluoxetine, paroxetine, sertraline) and SNRIs (e.g. venlafaxine, duloxetine) (see Section 4.4).

As with other 5HTIB/ID 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.

4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation

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 (see Section 5.3).

Breast-feeding

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.

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

There was no significant impairment of performance of psychomotor tests with doses up to 20 mg Zomig. Zomig has no or negligible influence on the ability to drive and use machines. However it should be taken into account that somnolence may occur.

4.8 Undesirable effects

Summary of the safety profile

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.

Tabulated list of adverse reactions

Adverse reactions are classified according to frequency and system organ class. Frequency categories are defined according to the following convention: Very common (≥1/10), Common (≥1/100 to < 1/10), Uncommon (≥1/1,000 to < 1/100), Rare (≥1/10,000 to < 1/1,000), Very rare (<1/10,000).

The following undesirable effects have been reported following administration with zolmitriptan:

System Organ Class

Frequency

Undesirable Effect

Immune system disorders

Rare

Anaphylaxis/Anaphylactoid Reactions;

Hypersensitivity reactions.

Nervous system disorder

Common

Abnormalities or disturbances of sensation;

Dizziness;

Headache;

Hyperaesthesia;

Paraesthesia;

Somnolence;

Warm sensation.

Cardiac disorders

Common

Palpitations.

Uncommon

Tachycardia.

Very rare

Angina pectoris;

Coronary vasospasm;

Myocardial infarction.

Vascular disorders

Uncommon

Transient increases in systemic blood pressure

Gastrointestinal disorders

Common

Abdominal pain;

Dry mouth;

Nausea;

Vomiting

Dysphagia.

Very rare

Bloody diarrhoea;

Gastrointestinal infarction or necrosis;

Gastrointestinal ischaemic events;

Ischaemic colitis;

Splenic infarction.

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders

Rare

Angioedema;

Urticaria.

Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders

Common

Muscle weakness;

Myalgia.

Renal and urinary disorders

Uncommon

Polyuria;

Increased urinary frequency.

Very rare

Urinary urgency.

General disorders and administration site conditions

Common

Asthenia;

Heaviness, tightness, pain or pressure in throat, neck, limbs or chest.

Reporting of suspected adverse reactions

Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via the Yellow Card Scheme, Website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard

4.9 Overdose

Symptoms

Volunteers receiving single oral doses of 50 mg commonly experienced sedation.

Management

The elimination half-life of zolmitriptan tablets is 2.5 to 3 hours, (see Section 5.2) 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.

5. Pharmacological properties
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

Pharmacotherapeutic group: Selective serotonin (5HT1) agonists, ATC code: N02CC03

Mechanism of action

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. The 5HT1D receptor is predominately located presynaptically at both the peripheral and central synapses of the trigeminal nerve and preclinical studies have shown that zolmitriptan is able to act at both these sites.

Clinical efficacy and safety

One controlled clinical trial in 696 adolescents with migraine failed to demonstrate superiority of zolmitriptan tablets at doses of 2.5 mg, 5 mg and 10 mg over placebo. Efficacy was not demonstrated.

5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties

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 indole acetic 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% in patients 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 intravenous 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.

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 with Zomig alone (see Section 4.5).

Following the administration of rifampicin, no clinically relevant differences in the pharmacokinetics of zolmitriptan or its active metabolite were observed.

Selegiline, an MAO-B inhibitor, and fluoxetine (a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor; SSRI) had no effect on the pharmacokinetic parameters of zolmitriptan (see Section 4.4).

Renal impairment

Renal clearance of zolmitriptan and all its metabolites is reduced (7 to 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.

Elderly

The pharmacokinetics of zolmitriptan in healthy elderly subjects were similar to those in healthy young volunteers.

5.3 Preclinical safety data

An oral teratology study of Zomig has been conducted. At the maximum tolerated doses of Zomig, 1200 mg/kg/day (AUC 605 μg/ml.h: approx. 3700 x AUC of the human maximum recommended daily intake of 15 mg) and 30 mg/kg/day (AUC 4.9 μg/ml.h: approx. 30 x AUC of the human maximum recommended daily intake of 15 mg) in rats and rabbits, respectively, no signs of teratogenicity were apparent.

Five genotoxicity tests have been performed. It was concluded that Zomig is not likely to pose any genetic risk in humans.

Carcinogenicity studies in rats and mice were conducted at the highest feasible doses and gave no suggestion of tumorogenicity.

Reproductive studies in male and female rats, at dose levels limited by toxicity, revealed no effect on fertility.

6. Pharmaceutical particulars
6.1 List of excipients

The following excipients are contained in each tablet as indicated:

Hypromellose

Iron oxide E172 (yellow)

Lactose Anhydrous

Magnesium stearate

Microcrystalline cellulose

Macrogol (400 and 8000)

Sodium starch glycolate

Titanium dioxide E171

6.2 Incompatibilities

Not applicable.

6.3 Shelf life

3 years.

6.4 Special precautions for storage

Do not store above 30°C.

6.5 Nature and contents of container

Tablet strength

Carton (pack) contents

Total number of tablets

2.5 mg

1 strip of 3 tablets

3

2 strips of 3 tablets

6

2 strips of 3 tablets

6

2 strips of 6 tablets

12

4 strips of 3 tablets

12

6 strips of 3 tablets

18

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling

No special requirements.

Any unused medicinal product or waste material should be disposed of in accordance with local requirements.

7. Marketing authorisation holder

AstraZeneca UK Limited

600 Capability Green

Luton LU1 3LU

United Kingdom

8. Marketing authorisation number(s)

PL 17901/0066

9. Date of first authorisation/renewal of the authorisation

Date of first authorisation: 8th June 2000

10. Date of revision of the text

18th January 2017