In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|00329320 ||SANDOMIGRAN 0.5MG TABLET|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Pizotifen is used to prevent migraine headaches. It is not used to treat headaches once they have started. It is not known exactly how this medication works, but it is thought to affect chemicals, called neurotransmitters, in the brain. It may take up to 4 weeks for the medication to have its maximum effect.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
The dose of pizotifen is usually started low (0.5 mg at bedtime) and increased gradually to 0.5 mg 3 times daily. The average maintenance dose is 1.5 mg per day. The dose range is 1 mg to 6 mg daily depending on the response to the medication. The goal is to reach the lowest dose that best prevents migraine headaches without causing significant side effects. It may take up to 4 weeks for the medication to have its maximum effect.
Your doctor may have you gradually reduce your dosage after having success with it to determine if you still need the medication. Your dose will be reduced gradually to prevent a "rebound" headache. If your headaches return after you have stopped taking the medication, your doctor may prescribe pizotifen again.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each ivory-coloured, sugar-coated tablet contains pizotifen 0.5 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cornstarch, lactose, magnesium stearate, povidone, and talc.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take pizotifen if you:
- are allergic to pizotifen or any of the ingredients of the medication
- are taking monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors (e.g., tranylcypromine or phenelzine)
- are under the age of 12 years
- have a pyloroduodenal obstruction or stenosing pyloric ulcer
- have lactose intolerance, galactose intolerance, or glucose malabsorption (a rare hereditary disease)