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Almotriptan Malate

Almotriptan Malate is a selective 5-HT1B receptor agonist. It is indicated for the treatment of acute migraine with or without an aura (flashing light, dark spots, wavy lines and etc.) in adults. It helps reduces migraines symptoms such as pain, headache, sensitivity to sound and light, nausea and vomiting and other migraine symptoms.

Almotriptan malate belongs to the group of drug known as a selectiveserotonin receptor agonist. It works by affecting the serotonin responsible forthe narrowing of the blood vessels in the brain. It reduces theanti-inflammatory substances in the body that triggers pain, nausea and othermigraine symptoms.

However, this medication will only treat a headache that hasalready begun. It should not be used to prevent a headache from occurring or toreduce the number of migraine episodes.

How to use Almotriptan Malate?

Take this medication as soon as migraines symptoms appear, Take it by mouth with or without food. The usual recommended dose for an adult and children 12 to 17 years of age is 6.25 mg to 12.5 mg. If the symptoms appear after taking the initial dose, repeat the dose after 2 hours. The maximum daily dose should not exceed 25mg. For patients with renal and hepatic impairment, the recommended starting dose is 6.25 mg. The maximum daily dose should not exceed 12.5 mg. Do not take more than the recommended dose.

What are the side effects ofAlmotriptan Malate?

Some of the side effects are:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Drymouth
  • Tinglingand prickling sensation

If any of the mentioned side effects get worse, contact yourdoctor right away.

Serious side effects are:

  • Coldsensations on hands and feet
  • Hearingchange
  • Moodchange
  • Bluetoes and fingers
  • Severeallergic reaction with symptoms like rash, swelling, itching and severedizziness

Important Information

  • Usingthis medication in treating migraine attacks for more than 10 days in eachmonth may make your headache worse.
  • Informyour doctor if you are using any other medications. Tell also your doctor ifyou have diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterollevel.
  • Tellyour doctor if you are using this medication often and if the medication doesnot work well for you or your headaches is getting worse.
  • AlmotriptanMalate may raise your blood pressure. Check your blood pressure regularly.
  • AlmotriptanMalate may cause neck, jaw and chest tightness and pain. These symptoms may besymptoms of a heart attack.