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Table of Contents > Drugs >  Almotriptan
Almotriptan
Pronunciation
Brand Names
Therapeutic Categories
Reasons not to take this medicine
What is this medicine used for?
How does it work?
How is it best taken?
What do I do if I miss a dose?
What are the precautions when taking this medicine?
What are the common side effects of this medicine?
What should I monitor?
Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately
How should I store this medicine?
General statements

Pronunciation
(al moh TRIP tan)

Brand Names
Axert™

Therapeutic Categories
Serotonin 5-HT1D Receptor Agonist

Reasons not to take this medicine
  • If you have an allergy to almotriptan or any other part of this medicine.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.
  • If you have any of the following conditions: Chest pain or pressure, heart disease, poor intestinal blood flow, or uncontrolled high blood pressure.
  • If you are using this medicine to prevent migraine headaches.
  • If you have pain in your legs while walking.
  • If you have taken frovatriptan, naratriptan, rizatriptan, sumatriptan, or zolmitriptan in the last 24 hours.
  • If you have taken ergotamine, methysergide, or dihydroergotamine in the last 24 hours.

  • What is this medicine used for?
  • This medicine is used to treat migraine headaches.

  • How does it work?
  • Almotriptan reduces swelling of blood vessels in the brain that cause the migraine.

  • How is it best taken?
  • Take this medicine with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
  • If your headache returns after the first dose, another dose may be taken 2 hours after the first one.

  • What do I do if I miss a dose?
  • This medicine is taken on an as needed basis.

  • What are the precautions when taking this medicine?
  • Do not take this medicine within 24 hours of other migraine medicine.
  • If you have kidney disease, talk with healthcare provider.
  • If you have liver disease, talk with healthcare provider.
  • Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.
  • Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor).
  • Use caution if you have risk factors for heart disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, overweight, diabetes, cigarette smoking, male older than 40 years of age, other family members with early heart disease, postmenopausal female). Talk with healthcare provider.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.

  • What are the common side effects of this medicine?
  • Feeling lightheaded, sleepy, having blurred vision, or a change in thinking clearly. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or activities that require you to be alert or have clear vision until you see how this medicine affects you.
  • Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard candy, or chewing gum may help.
  • Dry mouth. Frequent mouth care, sucking hard candy, or chewing gum may help.

  • What should I monitor?
  • Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
  • Keep a diary of your headaches.
  • Follow up with healthcare provider.

  • Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately
  • If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center immediately or dial 911.
  • Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Chest pain or pressure, fast heartbeat, or passing out.
  • Change in strength on one side greater than the other, difficulty speaking or thinking, change in balance, or blurred vision.
  • Severe headache or no headache relief after the first dose.
  • Severe belly pain or bloody diarrhea.
  • Numbness or tingling of hands or feet.
  • Sudden change in vision, eye pain or irritation.
  • Any rash.
  • No improvement in condition or feeling worse.

  • How should I store this medicine?
  • Store at room temperature.
  • Protect from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

  • General statements
  • Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).
  • Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

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