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Axert Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is almotriptan (Axert)?
- What are the possible side effects of almotriptan (Axert)?
- What is the most important information I should know about almotriptan (Axert)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using almotriptan (Axert)?
- How should I take almotriptan (Axert)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Axert)?
- What happens if I overdose (Axert)?
- What should I avoid while using almotriptan (Axert)?
- What other drugs will affect almotriptan (Axert)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using almotriptan (Axert)?
You should not take this medication if you are allergic to almotriptan, or if you have:
- coronary heart disease, angina (chest pain), blood circulation problems, lack of blood supply to the heart;
- a history of heart disease, heart attack, or stroke, including "mini-stroke";
- severe or uncontrolled high blood pressure;
- ischemic bowel disease; or
- a headache that seems different from your usual migraine headaches.
To make sure you can safely take almotriptan, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- liver disease;
- kidney disease;
- high blood pressure, a heart rhythm disorder; or
- coronary heart disease (or risk factors such as diabetes, menopause, smoking, being overweight, having high cholesterol, having a family history of coronary artery disease, being older than 40 and a man, or being a woman who has had a hysterectomy).
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether almotriptan will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
It is not known whether almotriptan passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not give this medicine to anyone under 12 years old.
How should I take almotriptan (Axert)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Overuse of migraine headache medicine can actually make your headaches worse. Follow the instructions on your prescription label.
Take almotriptan as soon as you notice headache symptoms, or after an attack has already begun.
Your doctor may want to give your first dose of this medicine in a hospital or clinic setting to see if you have any serious side effects.
Take one almotriptan tablet whole with a full glass of water.
After taking a tablet: If your headache does not completely go away, or goes away and comes back, take a second tablet two (2) hours after the first. Do not take more than two (2) almotriptan tablets in 24 hours. If your symptoms have not improved, contact your doctor before taking any more tablets.
Contact your doctor if you have more than four headaches in one month (30 days).
If you use almotriptan long-term, your doctor may want to check your heart function using an electrocardiograph or ECG (sometimes called an EKG), a machine that measures electrical activity of the heart. This will help your doctor determine if it is still safe for you to use this medication. Visit your doctor regularly.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
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