Almotriptan belongs to 5HT1-receptor agonists – a class of medicines referred to as triptans. Triptans work by stimulating serotonin receptors in the brain (a naturally occurring substance), which eases severe migraine pains. However, Almotriptan is only highly effective if taken once the migraine attack starts instead of taking it before its onset.
Almotriptan is used to treat acute migraine symptoms, such as severe headaches accompanied by restlessness, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound, in teenagers and adults. It is prescribed to migraine patients whose symptoms are not relieved with aspirin, acetaminophen, or any other pain reliever.
Note: Almotriptan treats migraine symptoms but does not prevent them.
Almotriptan tablets stop pain signals from being sent to the brain, thereby treating the symptoms. It narrows blood vessels and restricts the release of naturally occurring substances around the brain that are responsible for migraine symptoms.
Take an Almotriptan tablet at the first sign of a headache due to migraine. You may take a second tablet after two hours of the first dose if the symptoms persist or return. However, it is best to check with your doctor how many doses you can take in a day.
Your doctor may suggest Almotriptan 6.25 mg or Almotriptan 12.5 mg based on the severity. The recommended dosage is one tablet of Almotriptan 12.5 mg in 24 hours. The dose may be repeated after two hours if the symptoms persist, but should not exceed 25 mg in a day.
Only take Almotriptan tablets with a doctor’s prescription and let them know if:
You are under 18 years or above 65 years of age.
You have a heart condition or history of heart disease.
You are pregnant or breastfeeding.
You have high blood pressure.
You have peripheral arterial disease.
You have liver problems.
You are allergic to Almotriptan ingredients.
You are on any other medication.
Almotriptan can cause these side effects:
Nausea and dizziness
Inform your doctor if these symptoms persist.
Rare side effects include:
Rash and itching
Swelling in body parts
Tightness in jaw, throat, neck or chest
Numbness in limbs
Severe stomach pain
Irregular or rapid heartbeat
Pale fingers and toes
Pain or tingling sensation in feet or hands
Cold sweat breakout
Stop the medication and call your doctor if you experience these unusual symptoms.
Almotriptan may interact with the drugs below and a few others as mentioned in the patient leaflet.
Tell your doctor if you are on any herbal medication, nutritional supplements, vitamins, or any other prescription and non-prescription medication.
Store Almotriptan at room temperature, away from excess moisture and heat. Also, keep the medication out of children’s reach.
Almotriptan can be ordered at home after a formal online checkup with a certified and experienced doctor at MedsNow, a reliable UK-based online clinic.
Can I take Almotriptan if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, take Almotriptan only if your doctor recommends it.
What drugs and food should I avoid while taking Almotriptan?
Make sure to check the patient leaflet for the drug interaction before taking Almotriptan. Also, check with your doctor if you can have grapefruit juice while on the Almotriptan medication.
What happens if I overdose on Almotriptan?
Almotriptan overdose can cause severe headache instead of relieving migraine symptoms. Other rare side effects are listed above.
Is it safe to use other migraine treatments alongside Almotriptan?
Different patients may respond to Almotriptan differently. If your symptoms are not relieved with the use of this medication, your doctor can recommend other safe medications as an alternative to Almotriptan.
Does Almotriptan help prevent migraines?
No. Almotriptan relieves migraine symptoms.
Will Almotriptan definitely cure my migraines?
Almotriptan is a reliable medication for mild, moderate and even severe migraine symptoms. However, some patients may find Almotriptan moderately effective.
Is Almotriptan affected by alcohol, antibiotics or contraceptive pill?
Too much alcohol might increase the chances of the patient experiencing side effects. Antibiotics and contraceptive pills can interact with Almotriptan, and hence, should only be taken after the doctor’s recommendation.
How much Almotriptan can I buy in one purchase?
Usually, a maximum of 3 packs of Almotriptan can be bought in one purchase.
How long does Almotriptan take to work?
Almotriptan may cause drowsiness in some patients.