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Zolmitriptan 2.5 mg orodispersible tablets
Zolmitriptan 5 mg orodispersible tablets
Each orodispersible tablet contains 2.5 mg zolmitriptan
Each orodispersible tablet contains 5 mg zolmitriptan.
Excipient with known effect:
Each orodispersible tablet contains 5 mg aspartame.
For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1.
White to off-white, round, flat faced bevelled edged orodispersible tablet of 6.5 mm diameter debossed with “M” on one side and “ZT1” on the other side.
White to off-white, round, flat faced bevelled edged tablet of 6.5 mm diameter debossed with “M” on one side and “ZT3” on the other side.
Zolmitriptan dura is indicated in adults aged 18 years and older for acute treatment of migraine headache with or without aura.
Zolmitriptan is not indicated for prophylaxis of migraine.
The recommended dose of Zolmitriptan to treat a migraine attack is 2.5 mg. It is advisable that zolmitriptan is taken as early as possible after the onset of migraine headache but it is also effective if taken at a later stage.
If symptoms of migraine should recur within 24 hours following an initial response, a second dose may be taken. If a second dose is required, it should not be taken within 2 hours of the initial dose. If a patient does not respond to the first dose, it is unlikely that a second dose will be of benefit in the same attack.
If a patient does not achieve satisfactory relief with 2.5 mg doses, for subsequent attacks 5 mg doses of zolmitriptan could be considered. Caution is advised due to an increased incidence of side effects. A controlled clinical study failed to demonstrate superiority of the 5 mg dose over the 2.5 mg dose. Nevertheless a 5 mg dose may be of benefit in some patients.
The total daily intake should not exceed 10 mg. Not more than 2 doses of Zolmitriptan should be taken in any 24-hour period.
Use in patients aged over 65 years
The safety and efficacy of zolmitriptan in individuals aged over 65 years have not been evaluated. Use of Zolmitriptan in the elderly is therefore not recommended.
Patients with hepatic impairment
The metabolism of zolmitriptan is reduced in patients with hepatic impairment (see section 5.2). For patients with moderate or severe hepatic impairment, a maximum dose of 5 mg in 24 hours is recommended. However, no dose adjustment is required for patients with mild hepatic impairment.
Patients with renal impairment
No dosage adjustment required in patients with a creatinine clearance of more than 15 ml/min (see section 4.3 and section 5.2).
Interactions requiring dose adjustment (see section 4.5)
For patients taking MAO-A inhibitors, a maximum dose of 5 mg in 24 hours is recommended.
A maximum dose of 5 mg zolmitriptan in 24 hours is recommended in patients taking cimetidine.
A maximum dose of 5 mg zolmitriptan in 24 hours is recommended in patients taking specific inhibitors of CYP 1A2 such as fluvoxamine and the quinolones (e.g.ciprofloxacin).
Use in Children (under 12 years of age)
The safety and efficacy of zolmitriptan tablets in children aged birth < 12 years have not been established. Use of Zolmitriptan in children is therefore not recommended.
Adolescents (12 - 17 years of age)
The efficacy of zolmitriptan tablets in children aged 12 to 17 years have not been established. Currently available data are described in section 5.1 but no recommendation on a posology can be made. Use of Zolmitriptan in adolescents is therefore not recommended.
Method of administration
For oral use.
The tablet need not be taken with liquid; the tablet dissolves on the tongue and is swallowed with saliva. This formulation can be used in situations in which liquids are not available, or to avoid the nausea and vomiting that may accompany the ingestion of tablets with liquids. However, a delay in the absorption of zolmitriptan from Zolmitriptan can occur which may delay onset of action.
The blister pack should be peeled open as shown on the foil (tablets should not be pushed through the foil). The Zolmitriptan tablet should be placed on the tongue, where it will dissolve and be swallowed with the saliva.
Hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients listed in section 6.1.
Moderate or severe hypertension, and mild uncontrolled hypertension.
This class of compounds (5HT1B/1D receptor agonists), has been associated with coronary vasospasm, as a result, patients with ischaemic heart disease were excluded from clinical trials. Therefore zolmitriptan should not be given to patients who have had myocardial infarction or have ischaemic heart disease, coronary vasospasm (Prinzmetal's angina), peripheral vascular disease or patients who have symptoms or signs consistent with ischaemic heart disease.
Concurrent administration of ergotamine, ergotamine derivatives (including methysergide), sumatriptan, naratriptan and other 5HT1B/1D receptor agonists with zolmitriptan is contraindicated (see section 4.5).
Zolmitriptan should not be administered to patients with a history of cerebrovascular accident (CVA) or transient ischaemic attack (TIA).
Zolmitriptan is contraindicated in patients with a creatinine clearance of less than 15 ml/min.
Zolmitriptan should only be used where a clear diagnosis of migraine has been established. As with other acute migraine therapies, before treating headaches in patients not previously diagnosed as migraineurs, and in migraineurs who present with atypical symptoms, care should be taken to exclude other potentially serious neurological conditions. Zolmitriptan is not indicated for use in hemiplegic, basilar or ophthalmoplegic migraine. Stroke and other cerebrovascular events have been reported in patients treated with 5HT1B/1D agonists. It should be noted that migraineurs may be at risk of certain cerebrovascular events.
Zolmitriptan 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 5HT1B/1D agonists, coronary vasospasm, angina pectoris and myocardial infarction have been reported. Zolmitriptan should not be given to patients with risk factors for ischaemic heart disease (e.g. smoking, hypertension, hyperlipidaemia, diabetes mellitus, heredity) without prior cardiovascular evaluation (see section 4.3). Special consideration should be given to postmenopausal women and males over 40 with these risk factors. 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 receptor agonists, heaviness, pressure or tightness 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. The dose recommendation for zolmitriptan should not be exceeded.
Serotonin syndrome has been reported with combined use of triptans and serotonergic drugs, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). Serotonin Syndrome is a potentially life-threatening condition and diagnosis is likely when (in presence of a serotonergic agent) one of the following is observed:
• Spontaneous clonus
• Inducible or ocular clonus with agitation or diaphoresis
• Tremor and hyperreflexia
• Hypertonia and body temperature >38°C and inducible or ocular clonus.
Careful observation of the patient is advised if concomitant treatment with zolmitriptan and an SSRI or SNRI is necessary, particularly during treatment initiation and dosage increases (see Section 4.5). Withdrawal of the serotonergic drugs usually brings about a rapid improvement. Treatment depends on the type and severity of the symptoms.
Prolonged use of any type of painkiller for headaches can make them worse. If this situation is experienced or suspected, medical advice should be obtained and treatment should be discontinued. The diagnosis of medication overuse headache should be suspected in patients who have frequent or daily headaches despite (or because of) the regular use of headache medications.
Zolmitriptan, when administered as conventional oral tablets, if taken during the aura, has not been demonstrated to prevent the migraine headache and therefore Zolmitriptan should be taken during the headache phase of migraine.
This medicine contains 5 mg aspartame in each orodispersible tablet. This medicinal product contains aspartame, a source of phenylalanine. May be harmful for people with phenylketonuria.
Interaction studies were performed with caffeine, ergotamine, dihydroergotamine, paracetamol, metoclopramide, pizotifen, fluoxetine, rifampicin and propranolol and no clinically relevant differences in the pharmacokinetics of zolmitriptan or its active metabolite were observed.
Data from healthy subjects suggests there are no pharmacokinetic or clinically significant interactions between zolmitriptan and ergotamine. However, the increased risk of coronary vasospasm is a theoretical possibility, and concomitant administration is contraindicated. It is advised to wait at least 24 hours following the use of ergotamine containing preparations before administering zolmitriptan. Conversely it is advised to wait at least six hours following use of zolmitriptan before administering an ergotamine containing product (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 zolmitriptan in 24 hours, is recommended in patients taking a MAO-A inhibitor. The medicinal products should not be used together if doses of moclobemide higher than 150 mg twice daily are administered.
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 (N-desmethylzolmitriptan) were doubled. A maximum dose of 5 mg zolmitriptan in 24 hours is recommended in patients taking cimetidine. Based on the overall interaction profile, an interaction with specific inhibitors of CYP 1A2 cannot be excluded. Therefore, the same dosage reduction is recommended with compounds of this type, such as fluvoxamine and the quinolones (e.g. ciprofloxacin).
Selegiline (a MAO-B inhibitor) and fluoxetine (an SSRI) did not result in any pharmacokinetic interaction with zolmitriptan. However, there have been reports describing patients with symptoms compatible with serotonin syndrome (including altered mental status, autonomic instability and neuromuscular abnormalities) following the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) and triptans (see section 4.4).
Undesirable effects may be more common during concomitant use of triptans and herbal preparations containing St John's wort (Hypericum perforatum).
As with other 5HT1B/1D receptor agonists, zolmitriptan could delay the absorption of other medicinal products.
Concomitant administration of other 5HT1B/1D agonists within 24 hours of zolmitriptan treatment should be avoided. Similarly, administration of zolmitriptan within 24 hours of the use of other 5HT1B/1D agonists should be avoided.
Interaction studies have only been performed in adults.
The safety of this medicinal product for use in human pregnancy has not been established. Evaluation of experimental animals studies does not indicate direct teratogenic effects. However, some findings in embryotoxicity studies suggested impaired embryo viability. Administration of zolmitriptan should only be considered if the expected benefit to the mother is greater than any possible risk to the foetus.
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 zolmitriptan to women who are breast-feeding. Infant exposure should be minimised by avoiding breast-feeding for 24 hours after treatment.
Zolmitriptan has no or negligible influence on the ability to drive and use machines. In a small group of healthy individuals there was no significant impairment of performance of psychomotor tests with doses up to 20 mg zolmitriptan. Caution is recommended in patients performing skilled tasks (e.g. driving or operating machinery) as drowsiness and other symptoms may occur during a migraine attack.
Possible undesirable effects are typically transient, tend to occur within four hours of dosing, are no more frequent following repeated dosing and resolve spontaneously without additional treatment.
The following definitions apply to the incidence of the undesirable effects:
Very common (≥1/10); common (≥1/100 to <1/10); uncommon (≥1/1000 to <1/100), rare (≥1/ 10000 to <1/1000), very rare (<1/10000).
Within each frequency grouping, undesirable effects are presented in order of decreasing seriousness.
The following undesirable effects have been reported following administration of zolmitriptan:
System Organ Class
Immune system disorders
Hypersensitivity reactions including urticaria, angioedema and anaphylactic reactions
Nervous system disorders
Abnormalities or disturbances or sensation;
Slight increases in blood pressure;
Transient increases in systemic blood pressure
Ischaemia or infarction (e.g. intestinal ischaemia, intestinal infarction, splenic infarction) which may present as bloody diarrhoea or abdominal pain
Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders
Renal and Urinary disorders
Increased urinary frequency
General disorders and administration site disorders
Heaviness, tightness, pain or pressure in throat, neck, limbs or chest.
Certain symptoms, may be part of the migraine attack itself.
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 at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
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 section 5.2) and therefore monitoring of patients after overdose with zolmitriptan 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.
Pharmacotherapeutic group: Analgesics; antimigraine preparations; selective serotonin (5HT1) agonists, ATC code: N02CC03
Mechanism of action
Zolmitriptan has been demonstrated to be a selective agonist for 5-HTIB/1D receptors mediating vascular contraction. Zolmitriptan has high affinity for human recombinant 5-HTIB and 5-HTID receptors, and modest affinity for 5-HTIA receptors. Zolmitriptan has no significant affinity or pharmacological activity at other 5-HT receptor subtypes (5-HT2, 5-HT3, 5-HT4) or adrenergic, histaminic, muscarinic or dopaminergic receptors.
In animal models, the administration of zolmitriptan causes vasoconstriction in the carotid arterial circulation. In addition, experimental studies in animals suggest that zolmitriptan inhibits central and peripheral trigeminal nerve activity with inhibition of neuropeptide release (calcitonin gene related peptide (CGRP), vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) and Substance P).
Clinical efficacy and safety
In clinical studies with zolmitriptan conventional tablets, the onset of efficacy is apparent from one hour, with increasing efficacy being noted between 2 and 4 hours on headache and other symptoms of migraine such as nausea, photophobia and phonophobia.
Zolmitriptan, when administered as conventional oral tablets, is consistently effective in migraine with or without aura and in menstrually associated migraine. Zolmitriptan, when administered as conventional oral tablets, if taken during the aura, has not been demonstrated to prevent the migraine headache and therefore Zolmitriptan should be taken during the headache phase of migraine.
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.
Following oral administration of zolmitriptan conventional tablets, 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%.
In healthy subjects, when given as a single dose, zolmitriptan and its active metabolite, the N-desmethyl metabolite, display dose-proportional AUC and Cmax over the dose range 2.5 to 50 mg. Absorption of zolmitriptan is rapid. In healthy volunteers, 75% of Cmax is achieved within 1 hour, and after this the concentration of zolmitriptan in plasma is maintained at approximately this level until 4-5 hours after dosing.
Zolmitriptan absorption is unaffected by the presence of food. There was no evidence of accumulation on multiple dosing of zolmitriptan.
Plasma concentration of zolmitriptan and its metabolites are lower in the first 4 hours after drug administration during a migraine compared with a migraine-free period, suggesting delayed absorption consistent with the reduced rate of gastric emptying observed during a migraine attack.
Zolmitriptan orodispersible tablet was demonstrated to be bioequivalent with the conventional tablet in terms of AUC and Cmax for zolmitriptan and its active metabolite N-desmethylzolmitriptan. Clinical pharmacology data show that the tmax for zolmitriptan can be later for the orally dispersible tablet (range 0.6 to 5h, median 3h) compared to the conventional tablet (range 0.5 to 3h, median 1.5h). The tmax for the active metabolite was similar for both formulations (median 3h).
The volume of distribution following intravenous administration is 2.4 l/kg. Plasma protein binding of zolmitriptan and the N-desmethyl metabolite is low (approximately 25%).
Metabolism of zolmitriptan is dependent on CYP1A2 and the metabolism of the active metabolite N-desmethylzolmitriptan is via the monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) enzyme system.
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 is active whilst the others are not. The N-desmethyl metabolite is also a 5HT1B/1D receptor agonist and is 2 to 6 times as potent, in animal models, as zolmitriptan. Plasma concentrations of the N-desmethylated metabolite are approximately half those of the parent drug, hence it would therefore be expected to contribute to the therapeutic action of zolmitriptan.
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.
Following intravenous administration, the mean total plasma clearance is approximately 10 ml/min/kg, of which one quarter is renal clearance. Renal clearance is greater than glomerular filtration rate suggesting renal tubular secretion. 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 impairmentRenal clearance of zolmitriptan and all 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.
A study to evaluate the effect of hepatic impairment on the pharmacokinetics of zolmitriptan showed that the AUC and Cmax were increased by 94% and 50% respectively in patients with moderate hepatic impairment and by 226% and 47% respectively in patients with severe hepatic impairment compared with healthy volunteers. Exposure to the metabolites, including the active metabolite, was decreased. For the active metabolite N-desmethylzolmitriptan , AUC and Cmax were reduced by 33% and 44% respectively in patients with moderate hepatic impairment and by 82% and 90% respectively in patients with severe hepatic impairment.
The pharmacokinetics of zolmitriptan in healthy elderly subjects were similar to those in healthy young volunteers.
Effects in single and repeat dose studies were observed only at exposures considered sufficiently in excess of the maximum human exposure indicating little relevance to clinical use.
The findings from in vitro and in vivo genetic toxicity studies show that genotoxic effects of zolmitriptan are not to be expected under the conditions of clinical use.
No tumours relevant to the clinical use were found in mouse and rat carcinogenicity studies.
As with other 5HT1B/1D receptor agonists, zolmitriptan binds to melanin.
Silica, colloidal anhydrous
Crospovidone (Type A)
Crospovidone (Type B)
Orange flavour (contains orange flavour, maize maltodextrin, alpha tocopherol (E 307))
Bottle packs: After first opening the bottle, use within 100 days.
Blister packs in pouch: After first opening the pouch, use within 90 days.
Store below 30°C.
Blister packs: Store in the original package in order to protect from moisture.
Bottle packs: Keep the bottle tightly closed in order to protect from moisture.
Polyamide/aluminium/PVC-paper/polyester/aluminium/PVC peelable foil blisters in pack sizes of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 18, 20, 24 or 48 orodispersible tablets, or in perforated unit dose blisters in pack sizes of 6 x 1 or 12 x 1 or 24 x 1 or 48 x 1 orodispersible tablets.
Polyamide/aluminium/PVC-paper/polyester/aluminium/PVC peelable foil blisters in pack sizes of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 18, 20, 24 or 48 orodispersible tablets, or in perforated unit dose blisters in pack sizes of 6 x 1 or 12 x 1 or 24 x 1 or 48 x 1 orodispersible tablets. Blisters are placed in a triple laminated pouch with silica gel desiccant bags.
HDPE bottle pack with silica gel desiccant, absorbent cotton and white opaque polypropylene (PP) cap in the pack size of 100 orodispersible tablets.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
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Date of first authorisation: 17 May 2011
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