What is almotriptan used for?
Almotriptan is commonly used for treating migraine headaches.
How should I take almotriptan?
Use almotriptan as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
Follow how to use as you have been told by the doctor or read the package insert.
Take with liquids as early as you can after the attack has started.
If your headache comes back after the first dose, 1 more dose may be taken 2 hours after the first one.
How do I store almotriptan?
Almotriptan is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store almotriptan in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of almotriptan that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush almotriptan down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using almotriptan?
Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
- You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of almotriptan or other medications.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
- You are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- You have any of these health problems: High blood pressure or some types of migraine headaches like hemiplegic or basilar migraine.
- You have ever had any of these health problems: Chest pain or pressure; diseased arteries going to the legs or arms; heart attack; heart disease; poor blood flow in the heart, brain, bowel, or kidney; stroke; or a heartbeat that is not normal like Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.
- You have taken eletriptan, frovatriptan, naratriptan, rizatriptan, sumatriptan, or zolmitriptan in the last 24 hours.
- You have taken ergotamine, methysergide, dihydroergotamine, or any drug like them in the last 24 hours.
Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how almotriptan affects you.
High blood pressure has happened with this medicine. Have your blood pressure checked as you have been told by your doctor.
This medicine is not meant to prevent or lower the number of migraine headaches you get. Talk with your doctor.
Use care if you have risks for heart disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, overweight, high blood sugar or 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.
Very bad and sometimes deadly heart problems like heart attack and a heartbeat that is not normal have rarely happened within a few hours of taking almotriptan. Call your doctor right away if you have chest, throat, neck, or jaw tightness, pain, pressure, or heaviness; break out in a cold sweat; shortness of breath; a fast heartbeat; a heartbeat that does not feel normal; or very bad dizziness or passing out.
Very bad and sometimes deadly brain blood vessel problems like stroke have rarely happened with this medicine. Call your doctor right away if you have a change in strength on 1 side is greater than the other, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, or change in eyesight.
If you have a headache that is not like your usual migraine headaches, talk with your doctor before you take almotriptan.
Taking more of this medicine (a higher dose, more often) than your doctor told you to take may cause your headaches to become worse.
If you are 65 or older, use almotriptan with care. You could have more side effects.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using almotriptan during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking almotriptan. Almotriptan is pregnancy risk category C, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:
- A=No risk
- B=No risk in some studies
- C=There may be some risk
- D=Positive evidence of risk
What side effects can occur from almotriptan?
Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat
- Signs of high blood pressure like very bad headache or dizziness, passing out, or change in eyesight
- Hard stools (constipation)
- Loose stools (diarrhea)
- Very upset stomach or throwing up
- Very bad belly pain or bloody loose stools
- Very bad headache or if headache is not better after the first dose
- A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal
- Weight loss
- Leg cramps
- Feeling of heaviness or tightness in the leg muscles
- Feeling cold
- Burning or aching pain in the feet or toes
- Change in eyesight
- Loss of eyesight. This can be long-lasting
A very bad and sometimes deadly health problem called serotonin syndrome may happen. The risk may be greater if you take this medicine with drugs for depression, migraines, or certain other drugs. Call your doctor right away if you have agitation; change in balance; confusion; hallucinations; fever; fast or abnormal heartbeat; flushing; muscle twitching or stiffness; seizures; shivering or shaking; sweating a lot; very bad diarrhea, upset stomach, or throwing up; or very bad headache.
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with almotriptan?
Almotriptan may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Does food or alcohol interact with almotriptan?
Almotriptan may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with almotriptan?
Almotriptan may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using almotriptan.
What is the dose of almotriptan for an adult?
Usual Adult Dose for Migraine
Initial dose: 6.25 mg or 12.5 mg orally as a single dose.
Repeat dose: If headache is relieved, but returns, may repeat with 1 dose orally provided there is a minimum interval of 2 hours between doses.
Maximum daily dose: 25 mg
What is the dose of almotriptan for a child?
Usual Pediatric Dose for Migraine
Adolescents (12 to 17 years):
Initial dose: 6.25 mg or 12.5 mg orally as a single dose
Repeat dose: If headache is relieved, but returns, may repeat 1 dose orally provided there is a minimum interval of 2 hours between doses.
Maximum daily dose: 25 mg
How is almotriptan available?
Almotriptan is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of almotriptan, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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Review Date: September 28, 2017 | Last Modified: September 28, 2017
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