Almotriptan
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Almotriptan Overview

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(al moh TRIP tan)

U.S. Brand Names

Axert®

Canadian Brand Names

Axert®

Pharmacologic Category

Antimigraine Agent; Serotonin 5-HT1B, 1D Receptor Agonist

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• There is a risk of serotonin syndrome when using this medicine with certain medicines for depression or weight loss. The syndrome is caused by too much serotonin in the body. Signs include agitation, changes in blood pressure, diarrhea, fast heartbeat, hallucinations, nausea and vomiting, significant change in balance, and significant change in thinking clearly and logically. Talk with healthcare provider.

• This medicine does not mix well with many medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

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 a sulfonamide ("sulfa") allergy, talk with healthcare provider.

• If you have any of the following conditions: Certain types of migraines, chest pain or pressure, diseased arteries going to the legs, heart disease, poor intestinal blood flow, recent heart attack, stroke, or uncontrolled high blood pressure.

• If you are using this medicine to prevent 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 medicine is started. Taking the two together could cause dangerously high blood pressure.

How does it work?

• Almotriptan reduces swelling of the 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.

• Do not take more than 2 tablets a day.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• This medicine is taken on an as needed basis.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Keep a diary of your headaches.

• Dry mouth may cause an increase in cavities. Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist regularly.

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Protect from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• 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.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• 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).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2005-04-07 16:16:24.0

Modified: 2010-03-09 08:21:12.0

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