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Zomig (Zolmitriptan

)
v.
Feverfew (Tanacetum
Parthenium)
Branden Rudin-Auerbach
Rebecca Penaloza
Zomig v. Feverfew





Prescription drug





Herb
Classifications
● Zomig- Serotonin-1B and 1D
Receptor Agonist, a monoamine
neurotransmitter.
● Feverfew- Tanacetum(tansies), a
species of flowering plants from the
aster family.

What is a migraine?
-It is a common type of headache that is usually
associated with nausea and/or sensitivity to light.
-Start to appear between ages 10 and 45.
-Most known cause is abnormal brain activity, yet there is
no actual known cause on why migraines happen but they
are genetic. I.G. Change in sleeping patterns, Sensitivity
to light, Odors, Stress and/or anxiety, etc.
How they work
● Zomig- Reduces the swelling of blood cells surrounding
the brain. It blocks the nerves that cause the sensation
of nausea and migraine pain.
● Feverfew- Parthenolide and other chemicals decrease
the pain of having a migraine headache. It interferes
with the action of platelets, cells that specifically
clump together that form blood clots.
Comparing and Contrasting
-Both work to treat prevention of
migraines.
-Both can be taken by mouth in
liquid or capsule form.
-Both interfere with blockage of a
nerve to the brain to initiate a
migraine.

- Feverfew does more than just
treating migraines. Such as reducing
fever, arthritis, and menstrual pain.
- Zomig only treats migraines.
-Zomig and Feverfew should not be
taken together though both treat
migraines.

What they are intended to treat!
● Zomig- Acute treatment of migraines
● Feverfew- Treated for migraines, menstrual
pain, arthritis, also to reduce fever.
Side Effects and Warnings
● Zomig- Can cause heart problems, weakness, head
pain associated with confusion. Allergic reaction to
this drug is rare but if you experience any symptoms of
a serious allergic reaction consult your doctor
immediately.
● Feverfew- Diarrhea, constipation, stomach upset,
heartburn etc. Do not take while pregnant or
breastfeeding.
● DO NOT mix Feverfew with Zomig because it may
cause huge health risks.
Sources
● http://consumer.healthday.com/encyclopedia/holistic-medicine-25/mis-alternative-medicine-news-19/herb-drug-
interactions-646428.html
● http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-5400/zomig-oral/details
● http://www.drugs.com/zomig.html
● http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-933-
feverfew.aspx?activeingredientid=933&activeingredientname=feverfew
● http://www.medicinenet.com/herbs__toxicities_and_drug_interactions/views.htm