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Almotriptan

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Uses
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Axert®
    • Brand Names: Canada: Axert®
    • Pharmacologic Category: Antimigraine Agent;Serotonin 5-HT1B, 1D Receptor Agonist

    Uses
    • It is used to treat migraine headaches.
    • Almotriptan lowers swelling of the blood vessels in the brain that cause the migraine.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
    • If your headache comes back after the first dose, 1 more dose may be taken 2 hours after the first one.
    • Do not take more than 2 tablets a day.
    • Keep a diary of your headaches.

    Missed Dose

    • This drug is taken on an as needed basis.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • There is a chance of serotonin syndrome when using this drug with some drugs for low mood (depression) or weight loss. The syndrome is caused by too much serotonin in the body. Signs include agitation, changes in blood pressure, loose stools, a fast heartbeat, hallucinations, upset stomach and throwing up, change in balance, and change in thinking clearly and with logic. Talk with your doctor.
    • Unsafe side effects may happen. This drug cannot be taken while you are taking some other drugs. Check all the drugs you are taking with your doctor.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to almotriptan or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have a sulfa (sulfonamide) allergy, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have any of these health problems: Some types of migraine headaches, chest pain or pressure, diseased arteries going to the legs, heart disease, poor bowel blood flow, recent heart attack, stroke, or very high blood pressure.
    • If you are using this drug to stop you from getting migraine headaches.
    • If you have taken eletriptan, frovatriptan, naratriptan, rizatriptan, sumatriptan, or zolmitriptan in the last 24 hours.
    • If you have taken ergotamine, methysergide, or dihydroergotamine in the last 24 hours.
    • If you have taken isocarboxazid, phenelzine, or tranylcypromine in the last 14 days. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (eg, isocarboxazid, phenelzine, and tranylcypromine) must be stopped 14 days before this drug is started. Taking both at the same time could cause risky high blood pressure.

    Precautions

    • If you have kidney disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with your doctor.
    • Use care if you have risks for heart disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, overweight, high blood sugar (diabetes), cigarette smoking, man older than 40 years of age, other family members with early heart disease, woman after change of life). Talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • You may not be alert. Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Avoid beer, wine, or mixed drinks.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Feeling dizzy. Rise slowly over a few minutes when sitting or lying down. Be careful climbing.
    • Feeling lightheaded, sleepy, having blurred eyesight, or a change in thinking clearly. Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Dry mouth. Good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help. See a dentist often.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Chest pain or pressure, a fast heartbeat, or passing out.
    • Change in thinking clearly and with logic.
    • Big change in balance.
    • Agitation, twitching, sweating, or muscle stiffness.
    • Very nervous and excitable.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Change in strength on 1 side is greater than the other, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, or blurred eyesight.
    • Very bad headache or if headache is not better after the first dose.
    • Very bad belly pain or bloody loose stools.
    • Numbness or tingling in your hands or feet.
    • Sudden change in eyesight, eye pain, or irritation.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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