Information about Almotriptan
Almotriptan is used in the treatment of migraine. It relieves the symptoms of migraine and prevents the attack from becoming worse.
How Almotriptan works
Migraine headaches are thought to result from the dilatation of blood vessels in the brain and release of vasoactive and pro-inflammatory peptides (chemical messenger) from sensory nerve endings. Almotriptan is a selective serotonin receptor agonist. It works by constricting (narrowing) these blood vessels and prevents the release of the chemical messenger in the nerve endings, thereby relieving the migraine headaches.
Common side effects of Almotriptan
Dizziness, Dryness in mouth, Flushing (sense of warmth in the face, ears, neck and trunk), Heaviness, Jaw pain, Nausea, Neck pain, Paresthesia (tingling or pricking sensation), Sleepiness, Throat pain, Weakness
Expert advice for Almotriptan
- You have been prescribed Almotriptan for treatment of migraine headaches.
- Some tips that may help avoid a migraine attack:
- Have your meals at the same time everyday
- Avoid bright lights and extreme temperatures
- Avoid loud music and noisy places
- Avoid chocolates, cheese, processed food, alcohol and smoking
- Get enough sleep and avoid stress
- It may cause sleepiness. Don't drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how it affects you.
- Notify your doctor if your migraine occurs more often after starting the medication.
- Notify your doctor if you have stomach pain, headache, bloody diarrhoea or worsening high blood pressure.
- Inform your doctor if you have a history of heart disease or stroke.
- This medication does not prevent migraine attacks from happening.