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Almotriptan (Axert)- Dosage, Storage, and Side Effects

Almotriptan is used to treat migraine symptoms. A migraine headache is intense, throbbing pain on one, or sometimes, both sides of the head, which is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Almotriptan helps in relieving pain.

Almotriptan belongs to a class of drugs called triptans. It narrows the blood vessel around the brain and stops the signal that is sent to the brain, blocking the release of a substance that causes pain, nausea, and other symptoms. It doesn’t prevent migraine or the number of times migraine occur.

Almotriptan is taken at the first symptom of migraine. Contact your doctor he will direct you to how many doses can be taken if the migraine doesn’t improve.

Almotriptan is taken as prescribed and for a limited amount of time. If you continue after a specified time, your headache may get worse.

Inform your doctor about the following before taking the medication:

  •    Allergies - Tell your doctor if you have an allergy to almotriptan, any ingredient of almotriptan, or any other medication.
  •    Heart disease, heart attack, angina, stroke- Tell your doctor if you have heart disease, heart attack, or stroke.
  •    Circulation problem or blood vessel disorder- Inform your doctor before using medication if you have a circulation problem or blood vessel disorder.
  •    Headache that is different from migraine- Tell your doctor about headache symptoms to confirm they are caused by migraine.
  •    Liver or kidney disease- Take care when using. The effects could be more apparent as a result of the medication's delayed removal from the body.
  •    High blood pressure or high cholesterol - Tell your doctor if you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
  •    Smoke or obesity- If you smoke or are obese inform your doctor.
  •    Pregnant or breastfeeding- There isn't enough research on women to determine the harm to the baby from taking this medicine while breastfeeding.
  •    Drug interactions- If you have taken any of the following drugs within the previous 24 hours, avoid taking almotriptan- Relpax, Frova, Amerge, Maxalt, Imitrex, Zomig, or ergot-type medications such as Parlodel, dihydroergotamine, Hydergine, Ergotrate, ergotamine, Methergine, Sansert, Permax.

How should I use almotriptan?

Your initial dose of this medication may be given in a hospital or clinic environment at your doctor's advice so that any major side effects can be treated right away.

If you experience migraine symptoms, take almotriptan as soon as possible. Almotriptan is used for migraine treatment only.

If your headache doesn’t improve with the first dose, you can take a second. Within 24 hours, no more than two doses should be consumed. Talk to your doctor if symptoms still persist. Never exceed the dose that was prescribed. Utilizing migraine medications excessively can increase headaches.

Consult your doctor if you have more than four headaches in a month (30 days). Tell your doctor if your migraine attacks are not getting better.

Storage of Almotriptan medication-

Store almotriptan away from moisture, heat, and light at room temperature.

What are the side effects of using Almotriptan?

There could be certain adverse effects that are manageable without medical intervention. You may experience these side effects during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Common side effects of Almotriptan include:

  •    Nausea
  •    Drowsiness
  •    Headache
  •    Dry mouth
  •    Dizziness



If almotriptan causes any of the following serious side effects, contact your doctor immediately:

  •    Numbness or tingling in fingers or toes
  •    Blood circulation problems
  •    Swelling in face, throat, legs, hand, feet
  •    Hives
  •    Itching
  •    Stomach or intestinal problems
  •    Shortness of breath
  •    Difficult breathing
  •    Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  •    Difficult speech
  •    Bloody diarrhea
  •    Faintness
  •    Chest pain
  •    Eye irritation

How long does it take for Almotriptan to work?

Almotriptan started working within 30mins to 2 hours. As it only treats migraines that have already started, its goal is to reduce migraine symptoms.

Is Almotriptan an effective treatment for migraines?

For the short-term treatment of moderate-to-severe migraines or milder migraines that don't respond well to other drugs, the American Headache Society recommendations prescribe triptans.

Patients who took almotriptan experienced pain relief in 67.9% of cases.

Keep track of your headaches and when you take almotriptan by keeping a headache diary.

It is necessary that your doctor regularly monitor your development. This will enable your doctor to determine whether the medication is effective and whether you should keep taking it.

In case of emergency, call 911.

At Specialty Care Clinics, we have specialists that will guide you if you are suffering from migraine besides taking medication. Contact us at 469-545-9983 if you have mild or severe migraine. We are here to help.