Almotriptan, a triptan drug, is prescribed for the treatment of migraine headaches. It belongs to a class of medication known as selective serotonin receptor agonists.
Almotriptan provides relief to a migraine attack but it does not prevent migraine attacks.
Taking Almotriptan right at the start of a migraine attack will help you return to your normal activities and decrease your need for other pain medications.
Almotriptan is a drug that belongs to the class known selective serotonin receptor agonists. The drug works by constricting blood vessels in the brain, preventing pain signals from being sent to the brain, and blocking the release of certain natural substances that cause pain, nausea, and other symptoms of a migraine.
The main benefit of using Almotriptan is the relief it provides to a migraine attack and its symptoms including nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light or sound.
Strictly follow the instructions of your doctor on how to take this medication. It is also important that you read the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with the package of the medication when you fill up your refill and each time you get a refill. Ask your doctor if there is anything in the instruction on using the medication that you do not understand.
Almotriptan is available in tablet form to be taken by mouth. The medication is usually taken at the first sign of a migraine. You may take a second tablet of the medication if your symptoms of a migraine improve but returns after at least 2 hours. If your symptoms do not show any sign of improvement after taking a tablet, do not take any other tablet unless your doctor allows you to do so.
If you have a high risk of heart problems, your doctor may perform a heart exam before you start taking this medicine. Your doctor may ask you to take the first dose of the medicine in his office or clinic in order to monitor you for any serious reactions.
If your migraine headache does not get better or if it occurs frequently after you started taking Almotriptan, call your doctor immediately.
If the symptoms of a migraine do not show any improvement, do not take more doses of Almotriptan before consulting your doctor. If the symptoms are partially relieved or if your headache comes back, you may take a second dose of the medication after 2 hours. Do not take more than 2 doses of this medication in a 24-hour period.
Taking Almotriptan more often or for longer than what is originally recommended by your doctor may make your headache worse or may occur more frequently. Almotriptan should not be taken for over 10 days for each month. Consult your doctor if you need this medicine to treat more than four migraine attacks in a 30-day period.
The first dose of this medication is usually administered in a clinic or hospital setting to allow your doctor to immediately treat any serious side effects that may occur.
The usual dose of this medication is one tablet once a migraine begins. If the symptoms will go away after taking the medication but comes back after two hours, you can take another tablet. The maximum dose of Almotriptan is 2 tablets in a 24-hour period. If your symptoms have not improved after taking two consecutive tablets in one day, do not take another tablet but instead call your doctor.
Your doctor prescribed this medication because of the belief that the benefit outweighs the risk of side effects. Not everyone who uses this medication experiences a serious side effect.
Seek emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction, such as difficulty of breathing, hives, and swelling of your face, lips, throat, or tongue.
Stop using Almotriptan and get emergency medical help if you have symptoms of a heart attack, including chest pain or pressure, nausea, feeling light-headed, sweating, and pain that spreads to your jaw or shoulder.
Stop using this medication and call your doctor immediately if you have:
Common side effects of this medicine include:
Before you start taking Almotriptan, inform your doctor if you are allergic to it, other triptan medicines, or if you have other forms of allergies. Almotriptan may contain inactive ingredients that can cause you allergic reactions or other problems.
Share with your doctor your medical history before you start taking Almotriptan. Some health conditions may increase your risk for heart problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoker, overweight, postmenopausal women, or more than age 40 for men.
Almotriptan can make you dizzy. Intake of alcohol and marijuana use can make you dizzier. Do not drive a vehicle or operate machinery until you are sure that you are alert enough to perform those task. Limit your intake of alcohol while using Almotriptan. Discuss with your doctor your marijuana use.
Use Almotriptan only when clearly needed if you are pregnant or expecting to get pregnant. Before taking Almotriptan, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks.
The effect of this medication on breastfeeding is not clearly established. Consult your doctor before you breastfeed while taking this medication.
The interaction of Almotriptan with other medications may change how they work or may increase your risk of side effects. Share with your doctor a list of all medications you are currently taking in order for him to determine the possibility of drug interactions among them.
Taking other medications and Almotriptan at about the same time may cause drug interaction. Ask your doctor how you are supposed to space the taking of your various medications in order to minimize, if not totally prevent, drug interactions.
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