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Pizotifen

Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required
Last Updated: December 14, 2018

Pizotifen helps in the prevention of headaches that occur because of a migraine attack. Although the drug is quite ineffective in the treatment of acute attacks of migraine or even tension headaches, it is highly effective for a light migraine.

In case of hypersensitivity to any substance present in Pizotifen, it should be avoided, otherwise it can result in a severe allergic reaction that can cause major complications. Expecting women and lactating mothers should discuss the positive and negative impacts of Pizotifen on their overall health and the health of the baby, before using it.

Meant for oral consumption, the drug is mostly prescribed to be taken at night, just before bed time. Depending on the body’s acceptance of the drug, the dosage may be increased to about 6 mg per day. It takes about 4 weeks for the drug to become entirely effective. During this period, Pizotifen should be taken regularly exactly as per the directions of the doctor.

Like all drugs, Pizotifen results in a few side effects like weight gain, nausea, fatigue, drowsiness, feeling dizzy, weakness and dryness of mouth. These symptoms are just temporary and will disappear with time. If they do persist get in touch with your health care provider right away.

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Neurologist before using this medicine.

  • Is It safe with alcohol?

    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.
  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

    Caution is advised when driving or operating machinery.
  • Does this affect kidney function?

    There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Does this affect liver function?

    There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Are there any missed dose instructions?

    If you miss a dose of Pizotifen, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Below is the list of medicines, which contains Pizotifen as ingredient

Pizotifen is used to treat migraine headaches. The drug’s mechanism is still under study. But the drug has shown to decrease the pain of migraine by inhibiting 5-HT receptors. As a result, it reduces the effect of serotonin in transpiring cranial vasoconstriction as well as platelet clustering. This drug also seems to block the peripheral activity of bradykinin.

Disclaimer: The information produced here is best of our knowledge and experience and we have tried our best to make it as accurate and up-to-date as possible, but we would like to request that it should not be treated as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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