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Active substance: PIZOTIFEN MALATE

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Pizotifen 0.5 mg Tablets
Pizotifen 1.5 mg Tablets
Read all of this leafl et carefully before you start taking this medicine.
• Please keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms
are the same as yours.
• If any of the side eff ects get serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leafl et, please tell your
doctor or pharmacist.
In this leafl et:
1. What Pizotifen 0.5mg & 1.5mg Tablets are and what they are used for
2. Before you take Pizotifen 0.5mg & 1.5mg Tablets
3. How to take Pizotifen 0.5mg & 1.5mg Tablets
4. Possible side eff ects
5. How to store Pizotifen 0.5mg & 1.5mg Tablets
6. Further information
The name of your medicine is Pizotifen 0.5mg or 1.5mg Tablets. The active ingredient is pizotifen hydrogen
Pizotifen belongs to a group of medicines called anti-migraines. Pizotifen is used to help block the actions of
certain chemicals in the blood such as serotonin, histamine and tryptamine. These chemicals act on the blood
vessels in the brain and are involved in causing types of headache, such as migraine.
If Pizotifen 0.5mg or 1.5mg Tablets are taken regularly, they can help reduce the number and severity of
headaches including the pain of cluster headaches and both common and classical migraine.
Pizotifen can also prevent some migraine attacks starting and helps make other attacks less severe.
Pizotifen does not help to relieve a migraine attack once it has started
Do not take this medicine if:
• you have ever had an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients of Pizotifen Tablets or any other medicines that
you may have taken to treat headaches.
• you are pregnant, or if you are breast feeding an infant
Pizotifen must not be given to children under the age of 2 years
Take special care with this medicine and tell your doctor or pharmacist if:
• you suffer from kidney problems
• you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breast-feeding
• you have difficulty passing water
• you suffer with glaucoma (raised pressure in the eyes)
• you suffer, or have suffered, from epilepsy
Tell your doctor before taking this medicine if you have been told that you have an intolerance to some sugars.
This is because Pizotifen Tablets contain lactose, a type of sugar.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, especially the following:
• medicines to treat anxiety or sleep disorders, e.g. tranquillisers and hypnotics
• medicines to treat allergic reactions, e.g. anti-histamines
• medicines to treat a cold
• medicines called alpha- or beta- blockers
It is advisable not to drink alcohol while you are taking this medicine as it may make you sleepy.
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including
medicines obtained without a prescription.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Tell your doctor if you become pregnant or if you are breast-feeding.
Driving and using machines
Some people may feel drowsy while they are taking this medicine. If you find that you do get drowsy, do not
drive or operate machinery.
Always take your medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist
if you are not sure. The tablet should be swallowed with water.
Do not wait for a migraine, before taking this medicine to treat the pain. Take Pizotifen 0.5mg or 1.5mg Tablets
regularly to prevent a migraine or reduce the severity of the migraine.
The usual doses of Pizotifen 0.5mg or 1.5mg Tablets are as follows:

1.5mg daily (one 1.5mg tablet at night or 0.5mg tablets three times daily). Your doctor may increase the number
of tablets you take up to a maximum of 4.5mg (three 1.5mg tablets or nine 0.5mg tablets) if required. You may
have been told to take your tablets daily as a single dose or you may have to take three smaller doses.
Do not take more than 3mg in a single dose.
Do not exceed the maximum daily dose of 4.5mg.
For children over 2 years of age, at first this may be 0.5mg daily. This may be taken at night. The dose can be
gradually increased to a maximum dose of 1.5mg daily (three 0.5mg tablets).
The maximum single dose is 1mg (two 0.5mg tablets).
DO NOT give your child Pizotifen 1.5mg Tablets.
If you take more tablets than you should
If you accidentally take too much of your medicine, tell your doctor at once or contact your nearest hospital
casualty department immediately. Take your medicine with you.
If you forget to take your medicine
If you forget to take a dose, just take the next dose at the usual time. DO NOT take a double dose.
Pizotifen 0.5mg % 1.5mg Tablets are suitable for most people, but, like all medicines, they can sometimes
cause side effects.
Some side effects can be serious. Stop taking the tablets and tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of
the following rare symptoms:
• Symptoms of allergy such as a rash, itching or hives on the skin or swelling of the face.
The side effects listed below have also been reported:
More than 1 in 10 people have experienced:
Increase in appetite and weight gain. An increase in appetite may lead to an increase in
bodyweight. If you feel hungrier than usual, try to fill up on fresh low calorie foods. These are
much healthier than processed high calorie foods. Your doctor can give you advice about diet as
some kinds of foods are known to trigger migraine.
Up to 1 in 10 people have experienced:
Drowsiness, tiredness, dizziness, dry mouth, nausea. Feeling drowsy is not usually a problem as
you can take the tablets in the evening. The effect of making you drowsy will help you to sleep.
You are less likely to feel drowsy after a few weeks, as you get used to the tablets.
Up to 1 in 100 people have experienced:
Up to 1 in 1,000 people have experienced:
Depression, excitability or restlessness, hallucinations (seeing, hearing or feeling things that are
not there), sleep disturbances, insomnia, anxiety, tingling or numbness of the hands or feet,
muscle or joint pain.
Very rarely (less than 1 in 10,000) people have experienced:
Seizures (fits). Tell your doctor immediately if you have a fit.
If any of the symptoms become troublesome, or if you notice anything else not mentioned
here, please go and see your doctor. He/she may want to give you a different medicine.
Do not use after the expiry date that is stated on the carton or label.
Store the tablets in the original package. Do not store above 30°C
Return any unused medicine to your pharmacist.
What Pizotifen 0.5mg & 1.5mg Tablets contain:
The tablets are available in two diff erent strengths containing either 0.5mg or 1.5mg of the active substance
Pizotifen (as the hydrogen malate).
The other ingredients are lactose, monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, maize starch, povidone, magnesium
stearate, silicon dioxide, hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, polyethylene glycol, talc and titanium dioxide.
What Pizotifen 0.5mg & 1.5mg Tablets look like and the contents of the pack
Pizotifen 0.5mg Tablets are white, fi lm coated, embossed with ‘P’ on one side.
Pizotifen 1.5mg Tablets are white, fi lm coated, embossed with ‘PZ’ on one side.
They are packed in foil blister packs and are available in cartons of 28.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Edmond Pharma S.r.l. via dei Giovi 131 20037 Paderno Dugnano (Mi) Italy
Genesis Pharmaceuticals Ltd., 15 Runnelfield, Harrow HA1 3NY
This leafl et does not contain all the available information about your medicine. If you have any questions or are
not sure about anything, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
The information in this leaflet applies only to Pizotifen 0.5mg & 1.5mg Tablets.
Date of preparation of the leaflet: September 2010

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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