Pizotifen is a medication that is used to prevent migraines and tension headaches.
Description: Pizotifen is a serotonin antagonist and reuptake inhibitor (SARI) which acts on the serotonin receptors in the brain. This helps to reduce the frequency and severity of migraines and tension headaches by preventing the blood vessels in the head from constricting and by reducing the level of certain chemicals in the brain that are involved in the development of headaches. Pizotifen is typically prescribed to people who experience migraines or tension headaches on a regular basis and have not found relief with other medications.
Side Effects: Common side effects of pizotifen include drowsiness, weight gain, and dry mouth. These side effects are generally mild and disappear with time or with a decrease in dosage.
However, Some serious side effects may occur and include:
Depression and anxiety
Tardive dyskinesia (a disorder characterized by involuntary movements of the face, tongue, or other body parts)
Abnormal blood cell counts, which could lead to infections or bleeding