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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 selective serotonin receptor agonist. It works by affecting the serotonin responsible for the narrowing of the blood vessels in the brain. It reduces the anti-inflammatory substances in the body that triggers pain, nausea and other migraine symptoms.

However, this medication will only treat a headache that has already begun. It should not be used to prevent a headache from occurring or to reduce 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 of Almotriptan Malate?

Some of the side effects are:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Tingling and prickling sensation

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

Serious side effects are:

  • Cold sensations on hands and feet
  • Hearing change
  • Mood change
  • Blue toes and fingers
  • Severe allergic reaction with symptoms like rash, swelling, itching and severe dizziness

Important Information

  • Using this medication in treating migraine attacks for more than 10 days in each month may make your headache worse.
  • Inform your doctor if you are using any other medications. Tell also your doctor if you have diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol level.
  • Tell your doctor if you are using this medication often and if the medication does not work well for you or your headaches is getting worse.
  • Almotriptan Malate may raise your blood pressure. Check your blood pressure regularly.
  • Almotriptan Malate may cause neck, jaw and chest tightness and pain. These symptoms may be symptoms of a heart attack.